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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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ESCAPE THE WORLD FOR A SHORT TIME:  THE HIP TINY HOUSES OF RAUS AROUND BERLIN

ESCAPE THE WORLD FOR A SHORT TIME: THE HIP TINY HOUSES OF RAUS AROUND BERLIN

Just leaving your home for a little bit – who isn’t up for it after the last two years? And who isn’t up for leaving the city – as much as we do love her – behind for a little bit – alongside all the traffic and temptations, too. I, for one, am dreaming of it from time to time. Dreaming of a moment where nothing is getting on my nerves and I can finally read that book I’ve been meaning to get to. But where to find that tranquil hut nearby where I can shut out the world? Thanks to Christopher Eilers, Johann Ahlers and Julian Trautwein, it’s fairly easy now. They know well what the modern city dweller wants – one of them being an ex AirBnB-employee – and have created the perfect concept: Raus. You can book a tiny house online, receive the exact coordinates upon confirmation and in under two hours, you’re out there. And afterwards, you’re free to leave without having to take care of the cleaning. The escaping side of things is quick, but to find pure rest and relaxation? That’s on you. Luckily, these lovely huts make it easy to feel right at home (and away).

The tiny black houses are not just simple huts as we know them, they’re nicely designed mini homes made for us, the spoiled inner city people. You’ll find yourself spending a lot of time in bed thanks to the white bed linen and large windows that open up the view to the nature around you. The small yet functional kitchen offers gas for cooking, a fridge and hip coffee makers, not to mention the handmade ceramics. Your dishes will look so pretty, you’ll want to take a snapshot for social media – but wait – you’re here to escape the outside for a little bit, right?  How about a walk in nature instead, or sitting on the veranda just gazing… For me the concept of Raus works well: I don’t have to pretend to be a trapper, it’s pretty convenient here with electricity, the shower and so on. It scales everything back to the simple things with well-functioning amenities that make you realize that all we really need is to appreciate the small, overlooked things in life. This can make you feel alone (or a little lonely even) once the sun sets, but there’s lots of stars to look out for and eventually when you get up with a cup of steaming tea and stand in the damp grass in the early morning, the world at large is none of your business today… I miss that feeling already and will be back soon. 
P.S.: Unfortunately, you have to enroll in the waitlist at the moment, but watch on IG to snatch some rare spots that pop up occasionally. And let’s all hope the Raus team will open some more tiny houses soon.

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Noel Richter

Raus, different locations; the addresses will be announced only after booking.

@raus.life

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A DAY IN NATURE WITH FORAGING, WORKSHOPS AND FINE DINING — WOODCUISINE FROM WOODBOOM

A DAY IN NATURE WITH FORAGING, WORKSHOPS AND FINE DINING — WOODCUISINE FROM WOODBOOM

Whether it’s birds tweeting or flowers blooming, the signs of spring are all around. If you’re like us and can’t wait to get outside again, here’s a date for your diary: the Woodcuisine day in nature on 23.04.2022. Organized by the friendly folks at Woodboom (who you may know for their solid wood dining tables) this one-day event is your chance to reacquaint yourself with nature while getting creative and learning some pretty useful skills. Hosted in an area of leafy woodland just outside Berlin (precise location tba), the day starts with a foraging tour by herb expert Victoria, who will show you how to spot spring leaves and flowers that you can use in your kitchen. Then you’ll regroup under the trees for informal workshops, turning the plants you’ve foraged into a take-home treat, creating solid wood chopping boards and making pasta by hand. The day culminates in an intimate multi-course dinner which chef Felipe will prepare from seasonal, partly foraged ingredients plus the tortellini and tagliatelle you’ve helped make (drinks are, of course, included). We joined a similar workshop-dinner combo last autumn and were super impressed with the hospitality from Woodboom founder Mischa and his team. You’ll end the day with a satisfied stomach, some new friends and a fresh appreciation for the natural world.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Kateryna Firsova

Woodcuisine day in nature, 23.04.2022. You can purchase tickets for the event online.

@woodcuisine

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