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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

@mycelionaires

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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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CITY, COUNTRY, RIVER — HIKING IN THE NORTH OF BRANDENBURG ON THE HAVEL RIVER

CITY, COUNTRY, RIVER — HIKING IN THE NORTH OF BRANDENBURG ON THE HAVEL RIVER

For over three years, I have been sharing my favorite hiking routes in and around Berlin in this newsletter. This particular hiking tour — 23 km in Brandenburg — holds a place deep in my heart. And because it is fairytale-like and idyllic, I would like to start with “It all began in Fürstenberg” because this hike was my first and I have been proud to call myself a hiker ever since. Of course, I didn’t embark on it alone, but with my wonderful and loyal hiking companion Yulia. (I encourage all readers to find a nature lover to explore Brandenburg’s meadows and fields with on the weekends.) But back to the “everything began in Fürstenberg” part. The RE5 train runs direct from Gesundbrunnen every hour. With a coffee in hand and a bowl of fresh strawberries from our city-favorite strawberry farm, the journey flies by. Fürstenberg — located in northern Brandenburg — describes itself as “Germany’s only water town. The medieval town center is picturesquely situated on three islands between Röblinsee, Baalensee and Schwedtsee.” Picturesque it is and the small station caféradiates warmth. Unfortunately, we don’t linger long in the city but beeline to the lush greenery. A wooden bridge leads us eastwards over the Baalensee, through wide meadows and hilly deciduous forests towards Stolpsee, which flows into the Havel.

A zigzagging path leads along the riverbank. The occasional small boat passes by, but it’s mostly ducks, beavers and herons. Another hiking highlight is the Gut Boltenhof — it’s worth taking a break on the outdoor terrace with coffee and cake. Keep an eye on the time so you don’t end up in the dark forest for the last 6 km to Gransee and, if you have a hiking partner like me, they start playing eerie David Lynch songs. It all started in Fürstenberg… Yulia and I have an anniversary in May, and I think back to endless fields of blooming rapeseed, roasting mushrooms in the forest clearing, cow watching, skinny dipping, asparagus soup picnics, oak avenues and rhubarb cake. Fürstenberg is wonderful and, as we do every year, we will walk our traditional route, which always makes our hearts beat faster, with or without Lynch.

Text & Photos: Laura-Luisa Iriondo

You can find the hiking route here.

@fortuna.forest

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LOFT VIBES, BEATS AND PLENTY OF SPACE FOR YOUR FITNESS: THE NEW JOHN REED CLUB FRIEDRICHSHAIN

LOFT VIBES, BEATS AND PLENTY OF SPACE FOR YOUR FITNESS: THE NEW JOHN REED CLUB FRIEDRICHSHAIN

High ceilings, steel and exposed brick — sound right up your alley? Then take a look inside this impressive location. And no, we’re not talking about a new nightclub. We’re talking about a new fitness studio. However, good music will definitely be a focus here from the end of April 2024. That’s when John Reed will open the city’s seventh club in an impressive late-19th-century industrial building. With expansive light installations and minimalist design, you’ll feel like you’re on a dance floor. There is a DJ booth in the middle of the room, and DJs are regularly invited to mix motivating workout soundtracks while you’re training with state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness program is impressive: boxing classes for beginner to advanced levels in the dedicated boxing area are a highlight, and favorites such as Barre and Reformer Pilates are also on the program. Combine classes from an active total body workout to relaxed yin yoga — the course schedule is already online for you to browse. If you want to use the club to relax after working out, enjoy the health bar or head straight to the saunas. Whether you work up a sweat on the treadmill or in the sauna, here at the John Reed Studio on Landsberger Allee, you can have fitness, wellness and club night all in one. But, above all, the club provides an exciting backdrop for familiar and new workout options. And if you ask me, an appealing atmosphere is the best way to stay motivated year-round.

Text: Fiona Meyer / Photos: John Reed

John Reed Friedrichshain, Landsberger Allee 104 A, 10249 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map

Training starts on 22.04.2024 from 06h. 
Open Weekend 20.04. 15–20h and 21.04. 10–20h.

@johnreedfitness_

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WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE YACHT ANCHORED? SAIL DOWN RIVER WITH FRIENDS ON LIEBLINGSYACHT

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE YACHT ANCHORED? SAIL DOWN RIVER WITH FRIENDS ON LIEBLINGSYACHT

Berlin by the sea would be a dream, but there’s no shortage of freshwater options nearby! Berliners venture onto the water far too rarely. This summer is the time to change that because there’s nothing more relaxing than gliding through the day across the water’s surface. Especially when you don’t have to worry about a thing and can take 44 friends with you. And that, roughly speaking, is the concept behind Lieblingsyacht. Te An, known as the creator of Schöneberg’s Bonvivantrestaurant, has launched “Lieblingsyacht” and is also the boat’s captain if desired. The two-story boat was designed as a floating event location for private events (such as birthdays) but is also perfect for your next corporate event. As the Berlin cityscape passes you by take a comfortable seat on the sofas that await you above deck. Undercover, there is a large screen for small impulse lectures, although the large windows might offer a better view. There is a buffet and oven on board. And, should the wind pick up, you’ll stay safe and cozy. The only thing missing is the occasion — you’ll have to manage that part yourself. You can request offers depending on group size and ideas directly via the website. Time to set sail!

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Lieblingsyacht, Lina Kivaka

Lieblingsyacht, Marina at Reinbeckareal, Lauffener Str.5, 12459 Berlin–Oberschöneweide; map

@lieblingsyacht

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