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VILLA AUGUSTE — BEAUTIFULLY-APPOINTED COUNTRY HOUSE FOR TRANQUIL UCKERMARK HOLIDAYS

VILLA AUGUSTE — BEAUTIFULLY-APPOINTED COUNTRY HOUSE FOR TRANQUIL UCKERMARK HOLIDAYS

This is a place you wish your mom owned — or better yet, you owned. Surrounded by Uckermark nature and with absolutely no neighbors, Villa Auguste is the ideal weekend getaway for city dwellers in need of some R&R. In 2017 Daniela and Martin van Eickels found the run-down Victorian villa built around the turn of the century by chance and immediately fell in love. They teamed up with interior designer Anne Schütz and landscape designer Rainer Elstermann to create their dream vacation home. Now the time has come to enjoy the fruits of their labor. From the exterior and interior color selections to the beautiful tiles, wallpapers, brass hardware and vintage furniture, everything has been hand-selected with love and attention to detail. Entering via the peaceful conservatory, you are led to the English shaker-style kitchen that is equipped with a gorgeous French Lacanche range that will make any cook’s dreams come true.

The spacious yet cozy living-dining area is laden with casual elegance, melding rustic and modern beautifully. The villa offers four bedrooms – two en-suite – accommodating up to 10 guests. During the summer months you will find ripe grapes, apples and pears hanging in the massive garden, which is also home to hundreds of butterflies and bees that dance round the wondrous array of lilac and purple blooms. If you wish to venture out, guests have access to a nearby private beach at Sternhagen Lake and Gaia restaurant is just a stone’s throw away. This time it really is true: pictures don’t do justice to the beauty of this place.

Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Daniela & Martin van Eickels

Villa Auguste, Otto Bremer Str.15, 17291 Beenz; map

@villa_auguste

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LAST OF THE SUMMER SUN — SAND, SWIMMING AND CULTURE AT STRANDBAD TEGELSEE

LAST OF THE SUMMER SUN — SAND, SWIMMING AND CULTURE AT STRANDBAD TEGELSEE

With summer starting to wind down, it’s time to savor those sunny days whenever they come. Luckily, making the most of good weather is what Strandbad Tegelsee is all about. With half a kilometer of sandy beach on the western shore of Tegelsee, this lakeside spot ticks all the boxes for a day outdoors. The Strandbad stood unused for five years until a non-profit social project brought the pine-filled site back to life in May 2021. The place has a faded charm, with modest facilities and a laid back, family-friendly vibe (children under 17 get in free). There’s plenty to explore at the beach: clear water good for swimming and splashing, a beach volleyball court, table tennis tables, a water slide and a diving board. But what makes the Strandbad a little different is its full program of performances, workshops and classes held right by the lake.

This Saturday (04.09.21) Tegelsee’s own radio station – Seeeeradio Shams – will return with music and stories from invited artists. Also in the program are regular workshops where you can learn to draw and collage, plus chess tournaments so you can perfect your cognitive skills. Twice-weekly open-air yoga classes (Wed & Sat, 11h, 14h & 16h) make a day at the beach even more serene. Things are done a bit differently when it comes to the food, too. There’s a vegetarian and fish-focused outdoor canteen, a kiosk serving up Holland-style fries and a stand for proper Italian ice cream. And if the elusive Berlin sun doesn’t come, at least you have a new spot for next summer’s lake list…

Text: Benji Haughton / Credit: Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit e.V.

Strandbad Tegelsee, Schwarzer Weg 21, 13505 Berlin–Tegel; map
Open for bathing daily, 9–19h. You can check the latest water quality reports online.

“3G” Covid–19 rules apply. The lake is reachable by car or from Alt–Tegel (U6) with the 222 bus followed by a 1km walk.

@strandbadtegelseeee

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BUNGALOWS, TENT HOTELS OR CAMPING: CHOOSE YOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY AT PLAUER SEE

BUNGALOWS, TENT HOTELS OR CAMPING: CHOOSE YOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY AT PLAUER SEE

Like most Berliners, we’re always on the lookout for an easy weekend trip away from the city, and now we’ve found a place that’s a perfect fit. Camping- und Ferienpark am Plauer See sits just south west of Potsdam, right between a lake and fields of wheat, and is perfect for a quiet stay in the countryside. The holiday park has 1000 square meters of camping grounds plus spaces to park a campervan, though if you lack your own gear there’s a solution for you too: there are seven bungalows to rent, and also “tent hotels” where a tent sits built and ready on a small platform. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, and with no need to pack a tent you can make a stress-free getaway when it’s time to go home. The park includes amenities, a playground, a table tennis table, wifi to rent, and of course, Plauer See. A small jetty leads you to this serene lake for an easy swim, with small pedal boats docked that are available to hire. If you are in a slightly bigger group, you can even rent a house raft to float around the lake. The journey to this rural escape takes two hours from Berlin by regional train and bus, though we recommend combining rail with a short bike ride so you can treat yourself to some much-needed fresh country air…

Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Camping- und Ferienpark am Plauer See, Plauer Landstr.200, 14774 Brandenburg an der Havel; map

You can book your camping spot on the website.

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NATURE, PLANTS, COLORS — DISCOVER BERLIN’S GREEN SIDE WITH WALKS & WORKSHOPS BY STILL GARMENTS

NATURE, PLANTS, COLORS — DISCOVER BERLIN’S GREEN SIDE WITH WALKS & WORKSHOPS BY STILL GARMENTS

Many of us have spent the past year discovering just how beautiful Berlin can be away from the busy streets and filled venues. Indeed, they say walking has become the new national sport. So what better time to get more acquainted with the capital’s diverse flora for your next nature trip? At hand is Elke Fiebig, who is always glad to show you the ins and outs of plants. A fashion design graduate, she began dyeing fabrics with natural colors before starting Still garments when her passion for nature became a profession. Now a trained plant educator, she gives guided walks through the picturesque Botanical Volkspark in Pankow letting you discover wild plants and flowers and how you can use them for dyeing. Did you know, for example, that many local medicinal plants such as yarrow and St. John’s Wort produce light yellow shades when you dye fabrics with them?

The possibilities are many: the tanin-rich leaves of oak for instance can produce gray and black tones without the use of synthetic dyes. As part of your tour you also learn the bouquet rule, meaning you can only take a handful of the respective plant at a time so that it can regenerate, leaving enough for both the animal world and other foragers. If you are already acquainted with plant-based dyes, you can put this knowledge to the test at one of Elke’s workshops, the next of which will take place at Mayda Blumenfarm on 15.08.2021. Here you can discover bundle dyeing, an easy-to-learn technique for creating colorful patterns. You will go home with a freshly dyed scarf and some new nature knowledge. The perfect way to give the living world some much-needed appreciation? We think so!

Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Elke Fiebig at Still Garments

Still Garments at Studios-ID, Genslerstr. 13-13A, 13055 Berlin-Lichtenberg; map

You can find the workshop dates here.

@still_garments

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WILDE HEIMAT — TREE-LINED CAMPSITE IN THE UCKERMARK FOR RIVER SWIMMING, BARBECUES AND NIGHTS BY THE CAMPFIRE

WILDE HEIMAT — TREE-LINED CAMPSITE IN THE UCKERMARK FOR RIVER SWIMMING, BARBECUES AND NIGHTS BY THE CAMPFIRE

Travelling to a campsite is always a mix of excitement and anxiety. Will it look as nice as the website? Will there be enough space? Will the other campers be friendly? But when you arrive at Wilde Heimat in the Uckermark, any doubts you have disappear. Set amongst pine forests on the banks of the Havel river, this idyllic campsite does things very differently. Instead of metal fences and concrete parking spaces, you are met with meadows, wooden huts and endless trees. The people are equally welcoming, not least owners Kristin and Martin who have created a place that’s far more than just a functional place to sleep. You feel an almost festival-like sense of community amongst your fellow campers: there are nighttime guitar sessions in the covered campfire huts, natural playgrounds where children can make friends and a charming outdoor kitchen with a barbecue that moves on rails. Those looking for some quiet time won’t be disappointed: you can happily stay by your tent or camper van, for which there seems to be endless amounts of grassy space.

Located on the outskirts of “Wasserstadt” Fürstenberg 90km north of Berlin, the site is a great base to explore the Uckermark region, though there’s plenty to do locally: swimming or canoeing in the fish-filled Havel, cycling, walking, table tennis, archery… the list goes on. All the gear you need can be rented onsite, and Kristin and Martin will even lend you a pizza oven if you get tired of barbecuing. In keeping with the wild camping theme, sanitary facilities are basic but clean and have plentiful hot water, though you might not even need it after a dip in the crystal clear waters at the river bathing spot. At the end of your nature-packed day, you walk back to your tent amongst the stars, campfires and distant guitars, and wonder if you’ll ever bring yourself to leave…

Text & Photos: Benji Haughton

Wilde Heimat, Zehdenicker Str.34d, 16798 Fürstenberg/Havel; map

An online reservation is recommended; you can view live availability on the website. The site can be reached by car or train and bike via Fürstenberg.

@wildeheimat.de

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