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TEUFELSSEE WATERWORKS FOR IDYLLIC NATURE AND CITY HISTORY — RECOMMENDED BY MARIO GATZMAGA

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)

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FLEA MARKET AT BOXHAGENER PLATZ FOR THE PERFECT SUNDAY — RECOMMENDED BY MARIE WEZ

FLEA MARKET AT BOXHAGENER PLATZ FOR THE PERFECT SUNDAY — RECOMMENDED BY MARIE WEZ

What makes the perfect Sunday? Apart from a good cup of coffee, for me it’s my weekly visit to the Flea Market at Boxhagener Platz. The “Boxi” market is a bit like your somewhat disheveled but charming aunt, in whose house you can rifle through knick-knacks and antique treasures. Pro vendors join private sellers with mountains of boxes filled with all kinds of gems and curiosities. Fans of interior design are particularly well catered for, with varied furniture pieces as well as beautiful mid-century vases, pictures and lamps. A pearl of the flea market is the book stall on the corner of Krossener Straße / Gabriel-Max-Straße, where you can sift through dozens of art books and dusty novels. A little tip: clever negotiators can score a real bargain and use the money saved for some good food or a coffee at a nearby restaurant or cafe. (Text: Marie Wez / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Marie Wez has her own vintage label, Auguste Vintage, and is co-founder of fashion and interior pop-up store Zora Auguste.

Flea Market at Boxhagener Platz, Boxhagener Platz 1, 10245 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map 
Every Sunday 10–18h.

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SIDE BY SIDE VINTAGE: A FASHION LOVER’S PARADISE — RECOMMENDED BY SANDRA DIANA TRÖGL

SIDE BY SIDE VINTAGE: A FASHION LOVER’S PARADISE — RECOMMENDED BY SANDRA DIANA TRÖGL

For many of us, the post-Corona era offers the chance to change fashion. One challenge is giving old clothes new life in order to break the eternal cycle of fast fashion. But how do you blend vintage pieces with modern styles? When I first entered Side by Side Vintage on Hermannstraße in 2019, this puzzle was solved: owners Lydia and Christina style pieces of clothing from different decades so naturally and casually that you are guaranteed to find something that suits. Faux fur plateau boots, a Jil Sander leather coat, Jean Paul Gaultier mesh tops – I would buy my pink 90s Dior sunglasses again if I had the chance. With their shop, the women have created a setting that does justice to these visionary pieces, giving us the inspiration to reinvent – and rediscover – ourselves. (Text: Sandra Diana Trögl / Photos: Side by Side)

Sandra Diana Trögl has lived in Neukölln since 2010 and has been running Veist since 2011.

Side by Side Vintage, Hermannstr.37, 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tues–Sat 14–19h 
@sidebysidestore
@independentclothingstoresnk

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TEUFELSBERG FOR HISTORY, STREET ART AND NATURE — RECOMMENDED BY ALICIA FERRER

TEUFELSBERG FOR HISTORY, STREET ART AND NATURE — RECOMMENDED BY ALICIA FERRER

I love the feeling of getting away from the city trap for a few hours by taking a walk across the woods. In the summer months I like to go and have a picnic in the green area that surrounds Teufelsberg – literally “Devil’s Mountain” – a man-made hill built with rubble on top of an unfinished Nazi military college. During the Cold War, it became a U.S. listening station. Nowadays, it remains a public monument where you find many works of graffiti, a photography gallery, and the incredible architecture of the old spy towers. Located in Grunewald out west, the site is the perfect day trip to escape from the city and has become one of my favourite spots, blending art, history and a great view of the Berlin skyline. Teufelsberg can be visited for a small entrance fee, with the option to book a guided tour online. (Text: Alicia Ferrer / Photos: Alicia Ferrer & Helena Ferrer)

Alicia, who has her heart in Spain but feet in Berlin, is co-founder of Grüneo.

Teufelsberg, Teufelsseechaussee, 14055 Berlin–Grunewald; map

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ASBURY PARK COFFEE FOR DOWNTEMPO DONAUSTRAßE VIBES — RECOMMENDED BY CÄCILIE LOTZ

ASBURY PARK COFFEE FOR DOWNTEMPO DONAUSTRAßE VIBES — RECOMMENDED BY CÄCILIE LOTZ

Not far from the vibrant hustle and bustle of Karl-Marx-Strasse sits Asbury Park Coffee, the cafe founded by caffeine fanatic Tanya Barut in 2019. Greeting you inside is an airy, minimal interior perfect for lingering with a cappuccino and a newspaper. With hand-roasted coffee providing a rich aroma as Tanya serves up homemade cookies and cakes (including vegan options), this place has fast become a neighborhood fave. Besides quality espresso, the smoothies and juices are also a solid choice, and can be made with almond or soy milk too. A long black curtain hides the cafe’s main suprise: the custom tattoo studio Sticks & Stones Tattoo, which is run by Tanya’s partner Brian Povak and has just reopened. That this place is run by partners is evident: in the decor, the coffee, the cookies, cakes and the atmosphere. It’s just the place to settle down in after a walk through the Hasenheide or Neukölln’s alleys. And who knows, it might be the place to get your tattoo – handmade in Neukölln. (Text: Cäcilie Lotz / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Cäcilie Lotz comes from Berlin and currently lives in the capital after spending some time away. She is the founder of Berlin Delights.

Asbury Park Coffee, Donaustr.94, 12043 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Sat 10–17h
@asbury.park.coffee

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