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DISCOVER YOURSELF THROUGH INTUITIVE PAINTING WITH THULI WOLF — RECOMMENDED BY ANNA FALCK-YTTER

DISCOVER YOURSELF THROUGH INTUITIVE PAINTING WITH THULI WOLF — RECOMMENDED BY ANNA FALCK-YTTER

As grown-ups, we often neglect those deeply anchored, fundamental things that do us good. One of them is painting – an activity we all do as children and which helps us establish a more sensual connection to our inner being. As the year draws to a close and a new cycle begins, it’s the ideal moment – not least given all the uncertainties in today’s world – to take time for ourselves and rediscover the power of our instincts. At Thuli Wolf’s Intuitive Painting workshop you will learn how to use your intuition to perceive yourself in new ways, thus gaining a better understanding of your mind. You join Thuli at Stillpoint Spaces Berlin, where alongside an intimate circle of 15 participants you are told how to listen to your subconscious so you can enter into a dialog with yourself. Then it’s time to express it: through paint. The three principles that guide Thuli’s work are empathy, trust and a value-free space that allows you to open up. After the painting is over, Thuli invites group members to think about the dynamic between the art and themselves – a sort of therapy session to conclude this meditative, fun experience.

Text: Anna Falck-Ytter / Photos: Pauline Bossdorf

Anna Falck-Ytter is responsible for all things digital media at C/O Berlin. In her free time she likes to explore Berlin’s cultural and music scene.

Stillpoint Spaces Berlin, Hobrechtstr.66, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map

Intuitive Painting workshop with Thuli Wolf, 04.12.2021 16h–19h30

@stillpointspacesberlin

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PANORAMAWEG BUCKOW — A DAY OUT WALKING BY THE SCHERMÜTZELSEE LAKE

PANORAMAWEG BUCKOW — A DAY OUT WALKING BY THE SCHERMÜTZELSEE LAKE

Around 50km east of Berlin by the Schermützelsee lake (not to be confused with the Scharmützelsee further south) lies the picturesque town of Buckow in the Märkische Schweiz. Since the 1950s, the area’s Victorian villas, historic town center and lakeside beach have pulled in the weekend tourists, including the likes of Helene Weigel and Bertolt Brecht who spent their summers there. The place has lost none of its beauty and romanticism, making a tour here a firm favorite of ours. You can easily get to Buckow from Ostkreuz by regional train (RB26 to Münchenberg station) followed by bus, but for our last visit we decided to start the walk directly from the station. The Märkische Schweiz is a well-known hiking region, so there’s plentiful signage: follow the Panoramaweg Buckow which goes via the small village of Waldsieversdorf.

If you know the Brandenburg countryside you might smile at the name “Märkische Schweiz”, given the absence of mountains here. But this route does at least take you up some fairly steep hills, meaning good shoes are a must for going up and down the steps. When we arrived in Buckow, we found a small cafe called Lokal in the center of town where a family makes home-baked cakes from regional ingredients and a delicious apple-cinnamon mulled wine. From Buckow there’s a bus back to Müncheberg every hour. The Panoramaweg is around 7km and can be completed in one to two hours; from Münchenberg add on another 6km. German writer Theodor Fontane called the Buckower countryside “a rural beauty who steps into the lake with bare feet and braids her hair under willow branches”. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Text & Photos: Laura Iriondo

You can reach Schermützelsee and the Panoramaweg with the RB26 train to Münchenberg; map

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ROYAL RELAXATION IN GRUNEWALD — TAKING TIME OUT AT SCHLOSSHOTEL BY PATRICK HELLMANN

ROYAL RELAXATION IN GRUNEWALD — TAKING TIME OUT AT SCHLOSSHOTEL BY PATRICK HELLMANN

Sometimes the best things are right in front of you – especially when it comes to staycations. If your to-do list is getting longer and longer and you’re haunted by your email alert ping, maybe it’s time to reward yourself with a trip to Grunewald. A walk in the forest there is medicine itself, but don’t stop at that: head to the spa and wellness area at Schlosshotel Grunewald by Patrick Hellmann and relax in the spacious pool and Finnish sauna as the hustle and bustle of the city fades. Add a massage and the stress of everyday life is well and truly forgotten. The location for this indulgence is a Prussian palace with a 100-year-old history: once owned by art patron Walter von Pannwitz, even Kaiser Wilhelm II is said to have stayed at this residence. Walking through the halls of the Schlosshotel you can feel the glamor of yesteryear, but the rooms and suites are fresh and new – furnished by namesake Patrick Hellmann. They are exactly what you would expect in a palatial hotel: elegant and dignified. Once you’ve rested and refreshed at the spa, head to the newly opened PHC bar and relax with friends over cocktails in a cozy atmosphere. An overnight stay is the ultimate way to extend your visit and naturally includes breakfast fit for a king.

Text: Jonas Michel / Photos: Schlosshotel Berlin

Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann, Brahmstr.10, 14193 Berlin–Grunewald; map

@patrickhellmannschlosshotel

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PEAKS AND PANORAMAS IN BRANDENBURG — A WALK TO THE OBSERVATION TOWER AT LÖWENDORFER BERG

PEAKS AND PANORAMAS IN BRANDENBURG — A WALK TO THE OBSERVATION TOWER AT LÖWENDORFER BERG

If you want a bird’s-eye view of Berlin and beyond, the Fernsehturm and the Siegessäule are your two go-to lookouts. But head 40km south of the city and you’ll find a lesser-known tower offering an equally fine vista: Löwendorfer Berg. Your starting point is the pretty village of Löwendorf, where blue-dotted signs guide you up the 103m-tall hill on uneven but interesting sandy paths. Part of Brandenburg’s 66-lake hiking network, Löwendorfer Berg is the highest point in the Naturpark Nuthe-Nieplitz to which it belongs. You begin to feel this height as you continue the roughly 30-minute walk to the summit, where another – this time man-made – elevation awaits: a 22m timber-framed observation tower that has stood at the site since 2012. You can stop for a tea break at the picnic tables before starting your final climb up the structure’s 112 steps.

At the top, you’re greeted by a magnificent 360-degree view with (weather-permitting) clear views of Potsdam, Teufelsberg and the Fernsehturm. The viewing platform has seats so you can catch your breath and a telescope for a closer view (can you spot Gropiusstadt?). Once you have taken in the panorama, it’s time to head down and continue exploring the woodland. There are numerous paths to take and you can’t go wrong. You can extend your visit with an hour’s hike to Blankensee, spotting deer at the game reserve on your way, or stick to a shorter circuit in the surrounding pine forest before heading back to the village. Finally, for the bravest walkers there’s the E10 European hiking path which is rather more ambitious: the trail takes you across the whole of Germany right down to the south coast of France.

Text & Photos: Benji Haughton

Löwendorfer Berg, Löwendorf 14959 Trebbin; map 

You can reach the path by car (parking is available on Waldstraße) or with the RE3 train to Trebbin.

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FORWARD-LOOKING LEARNING FOR TEENS WITH A FOCUS ON DIGITAL ARTS AND TECH — TUMO IN CHARLOTTENBURG

FORWARD-LOOKING LEARNING FOR TEENS WITH A FOCUS ON DIGITAL ARTS AND TECH — TUMO IN CHARLOTTENBURG

If you have a teenager, you’ll know that it can be a challenge keeping them inspired and occupied. For a creative outlet that comes with high-tech cred it might be worth checking out Tumo, a forward-thinking learning hub that lets kids aged 12 to 18 discover their talents. Billed as a “Center for Creative Technologies”, the Charlottenburg space runs an after-school program that’s both fun and future-proof: 3D animation, film, robotics, programming and music are amongst the ten techy skills taught here. The concept originally hails from Armenia, where coaching kids to thrive in next-gen industries has long been the norm. This horizon-broadening ethos has now made it to Berlin, and here particular importance is placed on letting teens experiment. Once signed up, youngsters attend two two-hour sessions a week where they pursue their chosen skill both independently and under the guidance of coaches. If, having started, your teenager decides she wants to put down her drawing pen and start building robots, it’s a simple case of switching programs. All the sessions are held at the Tumo center, whose polished concrete and glass interior is the polar opposite of tired school classrooms. If this sounds like the ideal addition to your teen’s classic school subjects (and a nifty way to get them out of the house) then go and get them signed up online. The best part of the deal: participation is totally free!

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Timotheus Theisen & Tumo

Tumo, Wilmersdorfer Str.59, 10627 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Mon–Fri 16–20h, Sat 10–18h

@tumoberlin

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