Get Out // A day trip to Lübars, a historic Berlin Dorf

Even the most die-hard urbanite comes to crave a bit of bucolic respite every now and again. Nothing quite like the curative qualities of fresh air, rolling green landscapes, and the smell of animal manure. Luckily for Berliners, this city–ever full of surprises–hides a quaint, well-preserved historic village within its borders. First founded in 1230 and only incorporated into the city of Berlin in 1920, Lübars is a pastoral little spot that makes an easy day trip for getting away from the city without getting away from the city.

Luebars church

Dorf Haus

Tucked into the northern edge of Reinickendorf, just before the border of Brandenburg, the village of Lübars has based its economy in horses for centuries, and even today, the area is still dominated by numerous stables, pastures, and show jumping courses. Visitors are welcome to hop on and go for a gallop in the surrounding countryside.

If you’d rather say neigh to mounting a hairy, strange beast, there are numerous marked trails for exploring the area by foot, too. Stop by the farm stand on the main village square to pick up some fresh vegetables, herbs, and eggs laid by the chickens clucking around the corner.

Two horses

Hay trailers

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One of the most crucial factors that can make or break a good Ausflug, in my opinion, is the culinary stop along the way for the ever-important Kaffee-und-Kuchen hour. And for that, Lübars earns top marks with its lovely, old Alter Dorfkrug. The interior is all dark wood, crisp white tablecloths, antique framed photos, and an atmospheric 1920s soundtrack, while out back is a shady Biergarten that hosts live jazz on summer Sundays.

The menu specializes in good old home-style Hausmannskost, and what came out of the kitchen on our visit showed a clear sense of culinary pride. The hefty portion of liver “Berliner Art” was rich and flavourful and came on a cloud of sumptuous mashed potatoes. The cake slices were equally hefty, the drink menu exhaustive, the service prompt and friendly, the pricing reasonable, the terrace seating traumhaft.

Dorfkrug wall

Dorfkrug

Phone booth

 

 

 

Lübars: From U6 Alt-Tegel, take Bus 222 to its last stop, Alt-Lübars, or go by bike.

 

8 Comments
  • Mark
    July 14, 2013

    Hi Hilda,

    I just stumbled across your blog and am enjoying it a lot !

    I don’t use twitter – would you consider creating a Facebook page for non/Twitterites who would like to follow the blog?

    Cheers and thanks for the great work.

    Mark

    • Hilda
      July 16, 2013

      Thanks for the lovely compliment! I have been considering starting a Facebook page for readers like yourself, so stay tuned…

  • Leslie
    July 14, 2013

    I see you also read the BVG Kundenmagazin cover story? Or maybe great minds just think alike. Anyway, I like your coverage better. Have never been to Lübars before, but will travel for good liver Berliner Art. Cheers!

    • Hilda
      July 16, 2013

      Ha ha, I must have missed the latest issue of the BVG Kundenmagazin. Though I must confess we made a little road trip out of this Ausflug and drove up there instead. Take that, BVG!

  • kathryn
    July 14, 2013

    amazing to think that this is actually in the borders of Berlin… love the thatched roof!

    • Hilda
      July 16, 2013

      Yep, I occasionally entertain fantasies about moving here. Country living meets urban access!

  • ebe
    July 15, 2013

    We recently visited Lübars as well & were equally charmed. It was one of the first sunny days and the line for ice cream went around the block! And horses? I am seriously figuring out the logistics of setting up lessons here.

    • Hilda
      July 16, 2013

      Sadly, we were too full of cake by the time we came upon the ice cream shop. And yes, riding lessons would be amazing… do it!

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