This weekend is going to be a hot one – the perfect time then to hit the water with friends. Groß Glienicker See is one of the purest lakes around and offers both official bathing areas and numerous smaller places with access to the water – just wander around the shores and you are bound to find a sweet spot. The Berlin–Brandenburg boundary (and previously the East-West German border) lies in the middle of the water, which at eleven meters at its deepest is well suited to swimming. The water itself is so clear and pure that you can see small shoals of fish as you swim. In the middle of the water sit two small islands which you can reach in comfort in a rental boat or, if you are feeling brave, by swimming. For a more relaxed afternoon there is a sunbathing lawn on the western side that offers sun loungers but also numerous trees offering shade from the sun. If you need refueling, the nearby Seeperle kiosk will gladly keep you cool with an iced coffee and a portion of fries (“Rot” and/or “Weiß” of course). Time to pack you swimwear, sun cream and camera and head west. (Text & Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
PEACEFUL PADDLING AND A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP AT FREIHAFEN MILDENBERG — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTOPHER BURROWS
For an easy getaway from the city, it is difficult to tick all of the boxes, but Freihafen Mildenberg pulls it off. Owner Carola Fehn has created a family-friendly campsite that combines natural beauty, comfort, and industrial history. The site is nestled on the Havel and surrounded by a network of waterways known locally as Stiche, remnants of the area’s brickmaking days. Jürgen the harbormaster can provide you with a canoe, kayak or SUP board to visit the nearby Ziegeleipark industrial museum, or to just explore and be alone with the hawks and the herons. The campsite offers glamping tents with surprisingly comfortable mattresses, duvets and electricity, or you can bring your own tent or motorhome. If you don’t feel like cooking on the communal campfire, Lukas and Daniel serve hearty dishes and cold drinks from their onsite food truck. Accessible by train or car, the campsite is also located on the Berlin-Copenhagen bike path, making it perfect for a blissful pitstop. (Text: Christopher Burrows / Photos: Chloe Galea)
Christopher Burrows is a graphic designer and illustrator with a studio in Kreuzberg. His latest work is for Karuna Kompass magazine.Freihafen Mildenberg, Am Welsengraben 5, 16792 Zehdenick; map
You can book accommodation and boat hire online or by phone on 0175 7916779. The site is a 70 km drive from Berlin and can be reached by regional train via Zehdenick (Mark) or Gransee.
TEUFELSSEE WATERWORKS FOR IDYLLIC NATURE AND CITY HISTORY — RECOMMENDED BY MARIO GATZMAGA
Say Grunewald and most people think of Teufelsberg’s spy station. But tucked away nearby are the Teufelssee Waterworks, built in 1872/73 to supply water to Charlottenburg. Repeatedly modernized and renamed, the facility remained in service until 1969. The impressive steam pump – Berlin’s oldest – can be visited, its once industrial surroundings now a green paradise. Situated by the Teufelssee lake, the 50m tall red chimney is visible from a distance and since 1985 the brick pumphouse below has been home to the Ökowerk Berlinnature conservation center. They not only preserve existing flora and fauna, but have created delightful gardens, ponds and orchards. Lessons in beekeeping and how to use wild herbs in cooking are also held here, while at the bistro a range of regional delights awaits: locally-sourced fruit juices, wholemeal cakes and organic ice cream. There’s really something for everyone here. (Text: Mario Gatzmaga / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Mario Gatzmaga is a hobby photographer from Brandenburg. He is interested in the diverse history and architecture of Berlin, Brandenburg and beyond.
Teufelssee Waterworks – Naturschutzzentrum Ökowerk Berlin, Teufelsseechaussee 22, 14193 Berlin–Grunewald; map
Current opening hours: Fri–Sun 12–18h (for updates see Facebook)
The Gong Bath at the Feuerle Collection transports you into a world of sound, art and meditation. The venue is a gallery that brings together diverse sculptures and artworks in a silent bunker that brings you far from the bustle of the city without having to leave it. Come for the Gong Bath led by Green Yoga Kreuzberg’s Nora Schirmeier and you are gradually taken through the gallery’s underground rooms so your eyes can get used to the darkness. After introductory music from John Cage you are then taken into the art-filled exhibition room where you settle down on your yoga mat. Then, for 75 minutes, you enter a period of deep relaxation and inner peace, with the meditative sound of the gong as your companion. After the session closes you can take in the art, which includes both contemporary works and historic pieces from Southeast Asia. The Khmer sculptures are particularly impressive, gently bathed in light in contrast to the barren background of the dark bunker. Top tip: bring warm clothes to ensure a cozy time on your mat! (Text: Ramona Razaghmanesh / Photos: The Feuerle Collection)
The Rollerfusion Club led by the wonderful Oumi is your ticket to an hour-long session of music and dance on wheels. Every Wednesday evening, she teaches jamskating – a combination of roller skating, gymnastics and dancing – for a high-energy throwback to the colorful 1970s. People of all shapes and sizes gather for the sessions on the Neukölln side of Tempelhofer Feld, perfecting their skate and dance skills. The classes teach you the basics as well as a few tricks with the park’s resident acrobats, musicians and hula-hoopers as a backdrop. The sessions bring people from all over the world together, with everyone welcomed with open arms, from beginners to experts. All you need to do is move to the music and let the groove drive you. Sound like your gig? Put on some glitter, get your skates on and head to the Feld. And if you don’t have your own skates, just write to Oumi and she will gladly lend you some. (Text & Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
Rollerfusion Club, Tempelhofer Feld (see map for meeting point), 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Every Wednesday in good weather, 18h15–19h15, no registration required.
You can get in touch with Oumi by email