Into the Wild // Camping on Berlin’s edge

Waldeinsamkeit: the feeling of solitude that descends when you're alone in deep, quiet woods. (And also one of the loveliest German words, don't you think?) Berlin is ringed on all sides by the state of Brandenburg, whose rural terrain and small, parochial towns are a pretty stark contrast to the über-cool capital city. It's quite often ...

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 ...

Kleiner Müggelsee // A perfect summer day at the lake

The first thing you'll notice when stepping off the X69 bus is the warm, sweet scent of pine wrapping you in its olfactory embrace. Between the hundreds of lakes, canals, rivers and waterways, Berlin has no shortage of choice when it comes to outdoor swimming. What makes Kleiner Müggelsee special amongst this glut of options ...

The Schrebergarten Diaries // One girl’s adventures in Berlin-style urban gardening

A tenacious garden wedged between S-Bahn tracks and power station. I am the proud owner of a Schrebergarten, a.k.a. a Kleingarten--you know, one of those expanses of fenced-in gardens you've most likely seen from the S-Bahn. The English translation of the word, allotment garden, doesn't really do the concept of Schrebergarten-ing justice. For there is ...

Fresh Air Films // Berlin’s Love Affair with Freiluft Movies

One of the things I love about Berlin is the city's penchant for the out-of-the-ordinary. When it comes to movies, for example, going to the overpriced, over-air conditioned megaplex is the least popular option. Not only are there plenty of small, independent neighbourhood Kinos that have somehow managed to survive (Kastanienallee's Lichtblick Kino and Friedrichshain's ...