There is a magical place just one hour north of Berlin — a place called Grosser Garten, adjacent to a small enchanted forest in a village called Gerswalde in Uckermark, Brandenburg. There your will encounter wild deer and peacocks in the forest, and the garden itself grows organic greens and hosts colorful lizards and frogs, along with a fish smokehouse Glut & Späne and a lovely Japanese café called Zum Löwen. You may know Glut & Späne’s Micha and his delicious pescetarian dishes from his Berlin outposts. Micha fell in love with this area and spends most of his time there now, pursuing what he loves: everything fish. He smokes his fish caught in the surrounding lakes during the mornings on weekends when the weather is warm enough. The neighboring cafe is also open during the summer months and workshops are organized regularly, including one on wild flower arranging this Sunday (16.06.2019). Plus with a guest house due to reopen this summer, you can extend your stay overnight. So hop in a car or take the train and escape to this little oasis where beautiful nature, good vibes, and great food come together. (Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Sven Hausherr)
Grosser Garten, Dorfmitte 11
, 17268 Gerswalde; map. You can reach the area by car or with the RE3 train.
Glut & Späne, Sat 12–18h & Sun 12–15h in Summer, 24.06–04.08 Fri 12–19h, Sat 12–20h & Sun 12–15h (check Facebook for the latest opening times)
Café Zum Löwen, Sat 11–20h & Sun 11–18h