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LITTLE LAKE ESCAPE — STROLLING, SWIMMING AND ICE CREAM AT WUTZSEE

LITTLE LAKE ESCAPE — STROLLING, SWIMMING AND ICE CREAM AT WUTZSEE

The name Wutzsee sounds a little less romantic than, say, Bernsteinsee but you’ll surely encounter fewer crowds at this small lake in Brandenburg. With some of the clearest water in the state, Wutzsee in Lindow am Mark in the Prignitz region offers several natural bathing spots surrounded by pines and oaks that offer ample shade. Sun worshippers won’t miss out either, with narrow sandy beaches perfect for tanning sessions. From the end of the road Am Wutzsee, a narrow forest path leads to a small bathing spot that is easily accessible for families. The second spot is a little further, though the 7.5km forest walk is fun to do, even in winter.

If you fancy something sweet after the walk, make a stop at the Süsse Ecke, a cafe with espresso, ice cream and a nice view of the lake. Another stop you can make is the architecture and culture of Lindow and its monastery, but this time we stuck to the summer highlights: the rustling of the leaves in the wind, reed banks, water lilies and the cool, clear water. We’re not alone in liking Wutzsee: it’s been recommended by Markus Kavka in Christoph Amend’s Zeit Magazin newsletter, among others.

Text & Photos: Nina Trippel

Wutzsee, 16835 Lindow; map 

Café Süsse Ecke, Straße des Friedens 32, 16835 Lindow; map

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OUT OF THE CITY AND INTO THE BLUE — CYANOTYPES WORKSHOP WITH ANNA FALCK-YITTER AT THE GROSSER GARTEN

OUT OF THE CITY AND INTO THE BLUE — CYANOTYPES WORKSHOP WITH ANNA FALCK-YITTER AT THE GROSSER GARTEN

“Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color – in this case, the color blue, as if falling under a spell, a spell I fought to stay under and get out from under, in turns,” writes Maggie Nelson in “Bluets”, her poetic ode to the color blue. Anna Falck-Ytter actually fell in love with photography first: she spent years working for photo exhibition houses throughout Europe, having been enchanted by the medium’s interplay of chemistry and light. She developed a particular devotion to cyanotypes – blueprint light tracings – and thought herself the process, which doesn’t require a camera at all. Now you can discover this ancient photographic technique yourself at Anna’s workshops held on the last weekend of August. Working with the environment and nature, you will learn to create these deep blue works using leaves, blossoms, stones and anything else that you come across. You’ll have no issue finding inspiration and objects, for the course takes place at the Großer Garten at Gerswalde. While you wait for your blueprints to dry, you can roam around the garden, head into the village to buy some cheese at Alte Milch, have food at Gaia or marvel at the creations at Khassel.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Eliana Kirkcaldy

P.S. Can’t wait for next weekend to go to Gerswalde? Check out Taco Friday with corn-based treats from Otto Berlin and Gaia tomorrow (12.08) from 16h at Großer Garten.

Großer Garten, Dorfmitte 11, 17268 Gerswalde; map

Berlin Blueprint Cyanotypes workshops – 27.08.2022 14h or 28.08.2022 12h. To register send an email to Anna.

Taco Friday: 12.08.2022 16-21h (no reservation needed)

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INTO THE WOODS — IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE WITH HEALING WALKS AND MINDFULNESS FROM DREAM LOCAL

INTO THE WOODS — IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE WITH HEALING WALKS AND MINDFULNESS FROM DREAM LOCAL

The rustling of the leaves, the scent of wood, the lush green of the trees – there is something magical about the forest! And that’s not all: according to one study, just two hours a week in nature can contribute to greater overall well-being. If you’re looking for ways to ditch the city and feed your nature cravings, Dream Local is worth a look. A digital marketplace for trips and experiences, the platform lets you discover the slower side to Berlin and Brandenburg. One of the nature-filled sessions you’ll find is Forest Bathing. Translated from the Japanese term “Shinrin Yoku”, the practice is considered an integral part of a healthy life and involves a mindful stroll in nature with a focus on meditation and breathing. One technique used is Pranayama, a yogic breathing technique that lets you fully absorb the benefits of the clear, pure and healing forest air. For a forest experience that’s all about inspiration, you can also opt for the Creative Forest Bathing course or the Barefoot Hike, which focuses on activating all your senses. Finally, for healing that comes from stillness rather than movement, the Conscious Connected Breathwork is worth checking out. Whichever you pick, it’s the perfect way to escape and recharge before heading back to the city hustle and bustle.

Text: Kate Foran / Photos: Ash Edmonds, Rudolf Jakkel & Cottonbro

Dream Local – Forest BathingConscious Connected BreathworkBarefoot Hike & Creative Forest Bathing sessions can be booked online.

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EXPLORING SCHEUNENVIERTEL AND KREUZBERG COURTYARDS WITH MARLENE DIETRICH — PLANLOS.IN PUZZLE TOURS

EXPLORING SCHEUNENVIERTEL AND KREUZBERG COURTYARDS WITH MARLENE DIETRICH — PLANLOS.IN PUZZLE TOURS

I’m standing at Hackescher Markt, on a mission to help Marlene Dietrich find the missing script for “Blue Angel”. The aim: save the actress’s career. That’s the kind of challenge you’ll encounter when you do a puzzle tour from Planlos.in. The platform offers playful ways to get to know the city, using text messages containing clues and mysterious phone calls to help you solve the puzzle. The game will take you off the beaten track, through hidden backyards and small alleys. Even for seasoned Berliners, there’s still much to discover and learn, because in addition to the tricky clues, Marlene Dietrich and her colleague Frida reveal all sorts of fascinating facts and trivia, like where the name “Scheunenviertel” comes from, or how to dance the Charleston.

The experience is not without its quandaries: mysterious locations and cryptic clues mean it’s easy to lose your way. But should you ever feel lost in the maze of clues and riddles, you can always ask for an extra hint. Planlos.in has been around for a while: already established in Cologne and Munich, the game came to Berlin in 2018. You can choose between three missions, each of which immerses you in a different era and introduces you to a new side of Berlin. The setup is simple: book a tour, put together a team and arrive at the starting address with your thinking caps on. The Planlos.in tours are designed to take two to three hours, but I’d suggest you allow for a little more time. It can take longer to piece everything together, and you might also want to linger at the various stops. So get going, because there’s nothing like the thrill of a successful mission – especially when you get a thank you call from the great Marlene at the end…

Text: Anabelle Grundmann / Photos: Planlos.in & Anabelle Grundmann

Planlos.in tours take place in German.

Puzzle tours include Das Vermächtnis des Kaisers (“The Emperor’s Legacy”) in Kreuzberg and Rennen um die Weltherrschaft (“Race for World Domination”) in Tegel. An overview of the starting points and schedules for the tours can be found here.

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BVG BOATS AND BIKE TOURS — FERRY FROM WANNSEE TO KLADOW AND A TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SACROWER SEE AND KÖNIGSWALD

BVG BOATS AND BIKE TOURS — FERRY FROM WANNSEE TO KLADOW AND A TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SACROWER SEE AND KÖNIGSWALD

You probably don’t travel by ferry too often in Berlin, so when you do, you’ve got to make it special. The starting point for this round trip is Alexanderplatz, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city by taking the S-Bahn or regional train to Wannsee station. From there it’s not far to the lakeshore and the BVG ferry F10, which departs every hour from the jetty. The boat’s route takes it past Strandbad Wannsee and the island of Schwanenwerder – both worthwhile stops – and across the Havel to the opposite side of the water at Kladow. Disembark there and you can head up the hill to the main road which leads to Sacrower See and Königswald. We cycled to the Potsdam / Sacrower Schloss bus stop before turning right onto the forest path directly to the lake and forest. Then it’s time for a dip in the cool and refreshing water, which is frankly wonderful. Afterwards the bike tour continues north and with a quick break at the Ritter Sacrow lakeside restaurant for a delicious apple strudel before cruising back to Kladow along the forest path. But the culinary journey doesn’t end here: an order of “Pommes rot weiß” is simply a must while waiting for the ferry back. If you fancy a little more exercise, the return bike trip to Berlin is recommended. Head from Wannsee past Schlachtensee and through to Dahlem for a little bit of villa spotting. Have fun!

Text: Fred Scheu / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy & Jörg Pawlitzke

More information on BVG ferries can be found online.

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