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THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED HOLIDAY APARTMENTS A STONE’S THROW FROM THE LAKE — SOMMERFRISCHE UCKERMARK

THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED HOLIDAY APARTMENTS A STONE’S THROW FROM THE LAKE — SOMMERFRISCHE UCKERMARK

Three women, one vision and crystal-clear water. That is the trinity that makes the Sommerfrische Uckermark holiday apartments so special. Good friends Olga, Nicole and Gitti came up with the idea of acquiring a place in the country where they could unwind and invite their friends. After a long search, they found a small farmhouse that had been built in the early 1900s and subsequently extended. It wasn’t much of a looker, but it had lots of potential. Well located in the small village of Warnitz and linked by public transport, the house backs onto the Oberuckersee lake. The trio turned it into three separate “zones”: a building with self-contained flats, a holiday house and a small studio. The whole project took them two years and lots of effort, inspiration and vintage furniture finds. Now the three pals each have their own apartment complete with living and sleeping areas, kitchens and bathrooms. The garden at the front and the conservatory at the back are shared, letting them hang out among the plants in wicker chairs and hammocks. The property is big enough to invite the extended family or have a yoga session with friends – and that’s where you come in, because the apartments can be rented.

Each of the three flats has its own charm. Their backgrounds in the arts mean Olga, Gitti and Nicole have an eye for unique furniture and vintage finds with backstories. This is reflected in the two-storey holiday home, which sleeps up to four. Whether you spend your stay working at the small desk on the ground floor, cooking with friends in the open-plan kitchen or enjoying the fresh air on the large balcony, this place is built for lingering. For those traveling alone or as a pair, the small studio is perfectly suited. Whichever flat you pick, one thing’s for sure: you won’t have to carry your beach towel or SUP very far, given the proximity of the reed-lined waters of Oberuckersee. I visited this place in all seasons and can confirm that it is charming whatever the weather (think autumn walks in the countryside and winter nights ensconced in front of the fire). That said, this year I want one thing only: to enjoy the summer freshness that only the Uckermark can offer.

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Kerstin zu Pan

Sommerfrische Uckermark, Lindenallee 52, 17291 Oberuckersee/Warnitz; map

To enquire about staying you can send an email request.

@sommerfrische_uckermark

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A UNESCO SITE IN SOUTH WEST BERLIN — RIVERSIDE WALK ALONG THE HAVEL TO PFAUENINSEL

A UNESCO SITE IN SOUTH WEST BERLIN — RIVERSIDE WALK ALONG THE HAVEL TO PFAUENINSEL

This riverside walk takes you along the banks of the Havel in the south-west of Berlin. The route is lined with historical highlights, palaces and parks which comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s worth visiting whatever the season. The walk starts at Glienicker Brücke, which is easy to reach by S-Bahn and bus. Running along the shore, the route follows the Mauerweg in the direction of the Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island). It takes in the Schloss Glienicke palace with its neoclassical park, views of the picturesque church at Sacrow across the water, and the historic Blockhaus Nikolskoe that offers an opportunity to stop for a bite to eat. You end up at Pfaueninsel, an island with World Heritage status that can be reached by ferry. Once there you can explore the island and its palace, spotting the beautiful peacocks as you go. When you’re ready for a break, head back to the beer garden on the mainland and enjoy the views of the island and river. The second part of the walk continues directly along the shore, taking you through beautiful forests until you reach Wannsee S-Bahn station. An easy route on well-maintained riverside and forest paths, the tour is 10 km long and can be completed comfortably in 2 to 3 hours. Just what sunny Sunday afternoons are made for…

Text & Photos: Nils Weichert

Pfaueninsel, 14109 Berlin–Wannsee; map
You can find the starting point here.

@waldbaden.berlin

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DESERT RETREATS AND KREUZKÖLLN WORKSHOPS — ESCAPE AND LEARN WITH KAILO NATURE THERAPY

DESERT RETREATS AND KREUZKÖLLN WORKSHOPS — ESCAPE AND LEARN WITH KAILO NATURE THERAPY

As much as we love Berlin and the hustle and bustle of the big city, every now and then we need some time out – whether that’s out in the wide world or right here in town. Olivia, founder of Kailo Nature Therapy and certified asystemic nature therapist, offers just that. Her retreats and workshops take place all over. If you’re in the mood for a change of perspective and temperature, then perhaps a little time out between desert and sea in Egypt is in order. Journey to Yourself (15–22.03.2023) is a retreat that will offer you space to connect with your outer nature – your body – as well as your inner nature. Working with fellow attendees but also individually, you will dive into themes that have been present in your life, consciously or unconsciously, for a long time. Besides this, the trip offers the opportunity to simply get away from the stresses of everyday life for a few days. Together you will spend two nights in the desert and four more in a private villa with a pool where you participate in daily sessions from meditation and breathwork to a practice known as Systemic Constellations. Snorkelling in the ocean, dancing in nature and cooking together are also part of the program, as is 1:1 guidance.

If Egypt is too far for you, Olivia also offers online, indoor and outdoor workshops in Berlin. From a Kreuzköllner loft she helps you explore earth, water, air and fire around and within you at the 4 Elements Research Club. Various workshops offer activities around art, music or handicrafts (for example working with clay). No matter how and where, escaping the stress of everyday life in the city for a while and connecting with nature is always a good thing, a view Olivia shares.. Now based in Berlin, she grew up in a small town surrounded by forests, fields and meadows and so understands the positive effect of nature on our wellbeing. Today, Olivia offers a wide range of services around the subject – from events and retreats to 1:1 coaching and team development courses. Whether you see these offerings as a kind of therapy, coaching or spiritual journey is up to you – one thing you won’t find at these retreats is categorization.
Text: Robyn Steffen / Photos: Alina Asmus

Journey to Yourself retreat in Egypt
15–22.03.2023

4 Elements Research Club workshop
19 & 26.02.2023

@kailonaturetherapy

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SWAP YOUR SCREEN FOR AN ANALOG ADVENTURE — POSTER PRINTING AT ERIK SPIEKERMANN’S LETTERPRESS WORKSHOP

SWAP YOUR SCREEN FOR AN ANALOG ADVENTURE — POSTER PRINTING AT ERIK SPIEKERMANN’S LETTERPRESS WORKSHOP

Workshop, gallery, workshop, co-working space, collection – p98a is all that and more. Founded in 2013 by Erik Spiekermann – a legend in typeface design circles – the space is tucked away in a backyard where you’re greeted with fountains and murals. It’s one of those small, unexpected corners on Potsdamer Strasse that take you back to the days when artists, writers and intellectuals would spend their evenings together there. Today, Potsdamer Straße is a colorful mix, and this is reflected at No. 98. Here you’ll find Erik’s “private” collection of letterpresses – type cases filled with lead and wooden letters and printing presses collected over the decades. The room has a bright ambience that gives the collection the presence it deserves, even today. It’s not just letters that have accumulated here; the studio is also known for exciting discussions, interesting encounters and friendships. Lilith, Helene and Lennart now work here alongside Erik, giving workshops to introduce you to letterpress printing.

Lilith leads you through the rooms, explaining how the first books were produced en masse and where terms like “kerning” and “spacing” come from. In the narrow, long hallway you find large wooden letters which, when seen alone, have a special quality. After the studio tour (and an espresso), you move on to the presses, where you can print your own poster. You also make fun discoveries, like how the “Better Done Than Perfct” poster actually didn’t turn out so perfect. But that’s exactly why printing here is always exciting: each poster has a unique character due to the scratches and dents that have developed on the letters over the centuries. How you roll and apply ink to the plates, what kind of paper you print on, and how you handle the printing press all come into play. You learn all this during the workshop and by the end you will have printed a near-perfect poster. Whether it’s a studio tour, a workshop in a small group or a team-building event – at p98a print enthusiasts can find a second home and enjoy the absence of computer screens, at least for a short moment.

Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen

p98a, Potsdamer Str.98, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
You can book a place at the workshops here.

@p98a

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WOODLAND WINTER HIKE — A LAKESIDE TRIP AROUND STORKOWER SEE TO WENDISCH RIETZ

WOODLAND WINTER HIKE — A LAKESIDE TRIP AROUND STORKOWER SEE TO WENDISCH RIETZ

The lakeside path around the Storkower See lake is a wonderful destination, particularly during the cold winter months. The lake is easy to reach by public transportation, is known for its excellent air quality and has dense forests all around. The hike starts in Storkow. From Reichenwalder Straße, leave the town by heading east. Behind the “Alter Weinberg” pub, follow the Knüppeldamm in the direction of the lake and hike along the eastern shore via Wolfswinkel towards Dahmsdorf. A detour to the old church and the rest area at the beach is worthwhile. On nice winter days, the sun shines impressively over the western shore. It’s quite a special atmosphere. The route continues directly along the lake to the south towards Wendisch Rietz, where you can eat, linger at the harbor or go to the sauna. For the more ambitious, it’s worth taking a detour to the nature trail at Scharmützelsee, where you can enjoy the sunset. The route is 15km long and can be completed in three to four hours. All in all, it’s an easy hike on comfortable lakeside and forest paths. From the train station at Wendisch Rietz, a regional express will bring you back home to the city.

Text & Photos: Nils Weichert

Nils Weichert began recommending hiking tours and idyllic trips to his friends during the pandemic. Today he shared his getaway to all Berliners @waldbadenberlin.

Uferweg am Storkower See, 15859 Storkow (Mark); map
You can find the starting point here.

@waldbaden.berlin

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