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SERVE WITH A VIEW: BEYOND TENNIS SUMMER LEAGUE AT MÜGGELSEE

SERVE WITH A VIEW: BEYOND TENNIS SUMMER LEAGUE AT MÜGGELSEE

The French Open in Paris may be over, but a tennis-ball-shaped hole remains — if the sport has gripped you too, you could start this Sunday (16.06.2024) directly at Müggelsee. The Beyond Tennis Summer League is entering its second round this weekend: outdoor tennis courts with a lake view, relaxed atmosphere, sun on your skin, and lapping water in the background create the perfect backdrop for your next match. Professional or beginner — everyone is welcome here. Participants are divided into three performance groups so everyone can play on an equal footing. After each match, view the score and track your progress in the Beyond Tennis League system. For those who prefer to watch, sign up for free and enjoy the matches from the seats, cheering on your friends on the court. If you feel like a rest or break, the Müggelsee Hotel is at your disposal. With a cold drink in hand and relaxing music, unwind between matches and meet new people, all on comfortable loungers. Grab your racket, don’t forget the sunscreen, and off you go to Müggelsee!

Text: Lotte von Schönfels / Photos: Oumou Aidara

Müggelsee Hotel & Resort, Müggelheimer Damm 145, 12559 Müggelheim; map

Get your tickets here.

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DISCOVER THE PLEASURE OF SLOWNESS — RAFT ALONG THE HAVEL

DISCOVER THE PLEASURE OF SLOWNESS — RAFT ALONG THE HAVEL

A weekend on the road: we opted for a raft tour with Huckleberrys and arrived in Zehdenick with the regional train and full backpacks. We received a friendly welcome, a short introduction, a last stop at the supermarket for provisions, and off we went to the countryside. Our route was two days and two nights heading north, with the final destination being the Capriolenhof organic goat cheese dairy. My children and I were equipped with carving knives, binoculars, playing cards and flashlights. I added a sleeping mat, mosquito spray and some reading material for entertainment, as there is no electricity on the boat and no real reception on the Havel. After the first stage, we moored the raft on a quiet bank for our first night. There were plenty of mosquitoes humming around at sunset. Yes, nature can be so beautiful and so brutal. Fortunately, a mosquito net was provided with the rafting equipment, as was the barbecue.

The next morning, we still had 20 kilometers to raft. In addition to nature, we discovered brick ruins with huge chimneys along the banks, and old brickworks because the Havel served as one of the most important transport routes in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and Berlin since the Middle Ages. Today, the water is calmer, the banks are becoming more and more renaturalized, and the high reeds and alders provide a home for herons, beavers and fish. After five hours, three lock crossings, two swimming breaks, and a picnic, we discovered a herd of goats grazing contently at the water’s edge and knew we had reached our destination. We took a break at the Capriolenhof, ate goat’s cheesecake and a goat’s cheese platter, and enjoyed cappuccino with goat’s milk. While the kids romped around in the tall grass, I sat in the sun and thought about what rating I would give this weekend on the Havel — a nine out of ten, because I missed my soft mattress a bit, but of course, I wouldn’t tell my children that. When I get home and have internet again, I’ll buy the Mark Twain classic for our evening bedtime reading.

Text & Photos: Laura Iriondo

Huckleberrys Floßstation

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LET’S GET COZY — TOGETHER IN BRANDENBURG WITH THE COZY HIKING CLUB

LET’S GET COZY — TOGETHER IN BRANDENBURG WITH THE COZY HIKING CLUB

A small, grinning cloud with legs and hiking boots against a sky-blue background is Cozy Hiking Club‘s icon, which was founded in 2022. Behind the concept is Nini, a Berliner from Tyrol, who found their escape into nature during the confines of lockdown. Their outdoor hobby quickly spread among their friends and the Cozy Hiking Club was born. Nini’s aim is to create a space where participants feel comfortable and where respectful, open-minded interaction sets the tone. There is no pressure to perform and everyone can and should come as they feel most comfortable. The tours are around eight to fifteen kilometers long and are all accessible by public transport — the latter is very important to Nini. Our tour started in Erkner, less than an hour outside Berlin and was well-connected. At the train station, there is a short welcome round, everyone introduces themselves with pronouns and names to break the ice. The first half of the hike took us through the forest until we reached the “Wilhelmshagen Woltersdorfer Dünenzug”, an impressive, four-kilometer-long inland dune complex that dates back to the last ice age. The final part of the tour was the Erpetal. If you are interested in exploring Brandenburg with the Cozy Hiking Club, you can find the next tour dates for June 2024 here. Flinta* tours and trail runs are also on offer. All tours are free to attend, but the number of participants is limited to 25 so it pays to be quick! 

Text & Photos: Laura Iriondo

Cozy Hiking Club

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MYCELIONAIRES — A VISIT TO THE MUSHROOM LABORATORY IN SCHÖNEWEIDE

MYCELIONAIRES — A VISIT TO THE MUSHROOM LABORATORY IN SCHÖNEWEIDE

“Entangled Life”, “The Mushroom at the End of the World”, and “The Future is Fungi” — in recent years, many mushroom books have landed on literary bestseller lists, and rightly so. As we seek new methods and materials in the face of the climate crisis, the mushroom presents enormous potential with its versatility. Mushroom fabrics as sustainable textiles, mycelium as compostable insulation, and medicinal mushrooms to slow the aging process, strengthen the immune system and protect against cancer are just a few uses for the (not-so-humble) mushroom. The world of mushrooms is as diverse as it is exciting. And anyone who has ever jumped down this rabbit hole will find it hard to climb out of it. It was a similar story for Julian who answered the call of mushrooms in 2022 and set up his mushroom laboratory piece-by-piece in the basement catacombs of the artist and event space MaHalla in Schöneweide. Since then, he and his team have been cultivating reishi, lion’s mane and oyster mushrooms. They also host workshops, events and community meet-ups (all in the spirit of mushrooms). To grow mushrooms successfully at home, you need one thing above all: lots and lots of disinfectant spray, a steady hand, bird sand and grandma’s pressure cooker.

The processes are explained to you step-by-step during the workshops and you can even build your own jar for growing mushrooms at home: The mushrooms are grown in bags in a glass chamber under controlled temperatures and light. Afterwards, we harvested lion’s mane, which Lauren, Julian’s co-partner, made into delicious sandwiches. Not only were our heads full of new knowledge, but our bellies with fresh sandwiches! If you are curious and would like to experience the Mushroom Lab for yourself, send Mycelionaires an email to receive information about upcoming events. Alternatively, you can follow them on Instagram for updates. The workshops usually book out fast, so it pays to be quick! 

Text: Laura-Luisa Iriondo / Photos: Natascha Hamel

Mycelionaires, Wilhelminenhofstr.76-77, 12459 Berlin–Oberschöneweide; map

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FROM LÖWENBERG TO LIEBENBERG — LAKE TETRIS AT THE GATES OF BERLIN

FROM LÖWENBERG TO LIEBENBERG — LAKE TETRIS AT THE GATES OF BERLIN

I dared to claim that I knew Brandenburg like the back of my hand and was promptly proven wrong! We’re talking about Löwenberger Land, just one stop north of Oranienburg. Two bathing lakes invite you to take a break and refresh in their cool water: the small and large Lankensee. Both lakes are surrounded by rolling hills, moorland and conservation forests, a small village with a large castle, and an even larger castle park. It’s a great place to enjoy a relaxing café melange and traditional German fruit cake with plenty of sponge, crumble and whipped cream. It’s advisable not to set off too late, as there are other small bays on the south side of the large Lankensee where it is easy to get into the freshwater. When the afternoon sun bathes the reeds and alders in deep, golden light, a grey heron sails down the treetops to show off its elegant flying skills, skimming the water’s surface, and everything around us becomes quiet, it’s clear: this tour is one of our new favorite routes around Berlin.

Text & Photos: Laura-Luisa Iriondo

Find the route here.

@fortuna.forest

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