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MARIAMARIA — DESIGN MARKET AND PIZZA AT RURAL HOLIDAY RETREAT IN PRIGNITZ

MARIAMARIA — DESIGN MARKET AND PIZZA AT RURAL HOLIDAY RETREAT IN PRIGNITZ

Want to enjoy a cup of Japanese tea in Prignitz, a place that must be one of Brandenburg’s nicest regions? Well, you can – and much more besides – at this weekend’s market at MariaMaria. The holiday home in the village of Döllen is run by Marion, Bernd and Oskar Schönberger, who for two days will welcome designers, sellers and curators to their rural retreat. Besides tea, you will find handmade cups from small crafters in Portugal, local honey from Prignitz, Japanese Furoshiki wrapping cloths, bags, hand-knitted goods from Cashmere Sisters, quilts from Doris Runge, paper goods from Hungry Paper and much more. Speaking of hungry: there will also be freshly baked pizza plus waffles for a family-friendly countryside outing. Design fans are also catered for, thanks to the curative skills of Marion, a fashion designer and long-time event organizer at Clärchens Ballhaus, and her husband, photographer Bernd. The pair’s attention to detail is evident in their home, a listed former vicarage that accommodates 10 in four rooms with double beds and a large kitchen-living area.

The furnishings have been lovingly selected, with nothing left to chance: vintage wooden furniture, beautiful carpets and cushions give the place real warmth, while large windows give a view of the garden. Next to the rectory you’ll find a chapel, Maria zu den Engel (Mary to the Angels), which features a 450-square-meter hall with a vestry that can be used as a meditation or quiet room. Then there are the former stables and the expansive garden, which includes a fireplace. It’s an ideal place to enjoy a weekend escape with friends, whether it’s hiking, long dinners or just chilling out. While the house is fully booked this weekend, the market is the perfect chance to check out the location and start planning your MariaMaria getaway.

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Marion & Bernd Schönberger

MariaMaria, Döllener Str.34, 16866 Döllen–Prignitz; map
The market will take place on 30.04. & 01.05.2022 from 12h.

The property can be reached by rail and bike via Breddin station. If you are driving, Marion and Bernd can arrange carsharing. 

@mariamaria.land

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START THE DAY ON A HIGH NOTE: EARLY BIRD SINGING COURSES FROM SING DICH GLÜCKLICH

START THE DAY ON A HIGH NOTE: EARLY BIRD SINGING COURSES FROM SING DICH GLÜCKLICH

Looking to put a spring in your step first thing? Let the morning chorus awaken you with the early bird singing course from the Sing Dich Glücklich singing school in Prenzlauer Berg. Every Thursday you can join a small group and begin the day gracefully in song. The sessions, which include voice exercises, body work and sound improvisations, not only put you in a good mood, but prepare you perfectly for the day ahead. And don’t worry, you needn’t be a professional – the course is open to everyone and no prior knowledge is required. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a pro vocalist, these classes give you a morning boost and leave you in perfect pitch for that important Zoom presentation or client meeting. Time to start your Thursdays on a high note!

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Dovile Sermokas, Pixabay & Tima Miroshnichenko

Want to take part? Sing Dich Glücklich are giving away three tickets to the Cee Cee community! For more information check out our story @ceeceeberlin.

Sing Dich Glücklich – Stadtteilzentrum Prenzlauer Berg, Teutoburger Platz, Fehrbelliner Str.92, 10437 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; ​​map
Every Thurs 8h30–19h15

@singdichgluecklich

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A DAY TRIP PACKED WITH NATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY: SCHLOSS BIESDORF IN MARZAHN-HELLERSDORF

A DAY TRIP PACKED WITH NATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY: SCHLOSS BIESDORF IN MARZAHN-HELLERSDORF

If you are looking to visit a palace, Marzahn-Hellersdorf might not be the first destination on the list. Head to the historical palace of Schloss Biesdorf, however, and you’ll find a perfect setting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Even from a distance you can see the unmistakable octagonal tower of this classicist palace, which sits in 14 hectares of parkland on the Barnim Plateau area of high ground. Designed by architect Heino Schmieden – who also worked on the Gropius Bau museum – Biesdorf was partially destroyed in 1945 and has been extensively renovated in recent years. Nowadays, the municipal gallery hosts art exhibitions as well as a permanent collection documenting the history of the 1868 house. An extensive program of concerts, guided tours, artist talks, lectures and literary events take place in its historic grounds.

Once you have arrived from the city center – Biesdorf is just 30 minutes from Friedrichstraße – sit back with some coffee and cake on the sun terrace. Afterwards take a walk through the park – a design from Eduard Neide, who was a director at the Tiergarten and a student of Peter Joseph Lenné. Then, check out the pond and historic ice cellar. In the warmer months, concerts and other open-air events are held in the grounds as part of the Biesdorfer Parkbühne. Best of all: admission to the gallery’s exhibitions is free of charge.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Cee Cee Creative for VisitBerlin

This feature is part of Into Berlin, an initiative from visitBerlin in cooperation with Cee Cee, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Schloss Biesdorf, Alt-Biesdorf 55, 12683 Berlin–Marzahn-Hellersdorf; map
Sat–Thu 10–18h, Fri 12–21h, Tue closed.

@schlossbiesdorf

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A TRIP TO KIRCHMÖSER — TIPS FOR A PEACEFUL LAKESIDE WALK, LUNCH INCLUDED

A TRIP TO KIRCHMÖSER — TIPS FOR A PEACEFUL LAKESIDE WALK, LUNCH INCLUDED

Greeted by warm weekend weather for the first time in a long time, my faithful hiking companion Yulia and I decided to go to Spreewald. The rituals and procedures for our picnic-hikes have long been established: I (Laura) am responsible for choosing the route, while Yulia takes care of the provisions. Ah yes, the picnic: laying out a blanket on the soft grass, birds tweeting in the treetops above. If it’s still cold, soup is the order of the day. Yulia likes to cook cauliflower and sesame soup with pomegranate. The trick is to keep it in a thermos so it stays warm and delicious. In warmer weather, our favorite is summer rolls (individually wrapped to prevent sticking). Yulia also bakes a fantastic Russian savory strudel with carrots, a creation she calls “Hiking Pie”. Despite all this preparation, this time things hit a snag: we managed to miss our train, and so our trip to Spreewald turned into a trip to Kirchmöser, a Brandenburg village in the opposite direction. Kirchmöser is on a lake, with benches, lots of sun and a number of fishing piers – we saved the view for the walk back.

Instead, we headed 3km into the forest, where we encountered a boardwalk that leads through the reeds towards another lake, Faulen See. We didn’t try swimming in it, but the view was certainly interesting, with a line of dead tree trunks sticking out of the water. Along the shore are numerous birds nesting and lots of gnawed logs, nibbled by curious beavers. Despite the sunny weather, we were almost completely alone. As we continued along the path that winds around the water (handily marked with blue wooden signs) we quickly found a sunny spot under some pine trees. Time to serve up the potato soup with baked peas, a dish which evoked plenty of childhood memories. In total, the walk is about 13km long and offers lakes, small hills, forest and more forest. Most importantly: it’s best enjoyed with a tasty picnic in your backpack.

Text: Laura Iriondo / Photos: Yulia Roth

You can reach Kirchmöser in an hour with the RE1 regional train, which runs between Ostkreuz and Potsdam. You can find a map of the hiking tour here

@fortuna.forest

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HAR STUDIO — A MODERN SPACE FOR STIMULATING YOGA SESSIONS AND SONIC SELF CARE

HAR STUDIO — A MODERN SPACE FOR STIMULATING YOGA SESSIONS AND SONIC SELF CARE

Browsing through the names of the yoga classes at Har Studio, you know immediately that this place does things a bit differently. Whether it’s the Transpersonal Dynamic Flow or the Yin Healing Journey, the sessions at this Kreuzberg studio serve up a body-mind experience that’s worlds apart from your standard vinyasa drop-in. Safe and clear instruction is provided by an open-minded team of 24 teachers, whose classes have strong spiritual elements but always remain easy-going. The venue is a spacious loft-like space located in a red brick Hinterhof just off Urbanstraße. It gets its name from founder Eugenia “Euge” Har, who is herself a Kundalini teacher and uses gongs and singing bowls to soothe the body in her sound healing sessions. She started the project in 2019 after her classes outgrew the space she was renting. Euge designed the new studio herself, giving it a vibe that is contemporary and understated: you won’t find any multicolor boho tapestries here. Sound and music is a key part of many of the sessions, from the Crystal Bowl Sound Bath (where you spend a cozy hour immersed in sound) to this Friday’s special Full Moon Recalibration, which features tuning forks and Tibetan bowls. The event promises to use sound to restore the natural resonance of body and mind which, at the end of a busy work week, really is music to the ears… 

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Har Studio

Har Studio, Urbanstr.116, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

You can view the program and book classes online.

@_har_studio_

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