PEACEFUL PADDLING AND A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP AT FREIHAFEN MILDENBERG — RECOMMENDED BY CHRISTOPHER BURROWS
For an easy getaway from the city, it is difficult to tick all of the boxes, but Freihafen Mildenberg pulls it off. Owner Carola Fehn has created a family-friendly campsite that combines natural beauty, comfort, and industrial history. The site is nestled on the Havel and surrounded by a network of waterways known locally as Stiche, remnants of the area’s brickmaking days. Jürgen the harbormaster can provide you with a canoe, kayak or SUP board to visit the nearby Ziegeleipark industrial museum, or to just explore and be alone with the hawks and the herons. The campsite offers glamping tents with surprisingly comfortable mattresses, duvets and electricity, or you can bring your own tent or motorhome. If you don’t feel like cooking on the communal campfire, Lukas and Daniel serve hearty dishes and cold drinks from their onsite food truck. Accessible by train or car, the campsite is also located on the Berlin-Copenhagen bike path, making it perfect for a blissful pitstop. (Text: Christopher Burrows / Photos: Chloe Galea)
Christopher Burrows is a graphic designer and illustrator with a studio in Kreuzberg. His latest work is for Karuna Kompass magazine.Freihafen Mildenberg, Am Welsengraben 5, 16792 Zehdenick; map
You can book accommodation and boat hire online or by phone on 0175 7916779. The site is a 70 km drive from Berlin and can be reached by regional train via Zehdenick (Mark) or Gransee.