Brandenburg By Bike: The Green Jungles North Of Berlin

First time since a very long time by bike! You can already guess what that means to my butt :-). The advantage of biking is clearly that you are able to make bigger distances and see more different landscapes but on some occasions I had the impression we where going too fast. I guess I missed a lot of things happening next to me in the slopes and on the wayside. On some others – and this was completely my fault – I would have wished to go faster :-).

Along Kopenhagen Radwanderweg to Zehdenick
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Deer hiding in the fields

 

 

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From Zabelsdorf to Gransee
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Location: Starting in Oranienburg on the “Radwanderweg Berlin – Kopenhagen” – Oranienburg – Bernöwe – Liebenwalde – Zehdenick – Zabelsdorf (here we quit the route to spend the night at a friends house and continued the next day) – Wentow – Zühlsdorf – Gransee  / Distance: 60 km / from city center: 45 km / north / Weather: 17 °C, rainy and cloudy / Camera: Fuji X20

Berlin Day Hike: Glassy Lakes And Raspberries

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From Lanke along Hellsee

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Hellmühler Fließ

There is a little frog hidden in the pictures. Who will find it?
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Through the forest along Krumme Lanke

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Location: Lanke – Hellsee – Hellmühler Fließ – Biesenthaler Strasse – Krumme Lanke – Lanke / Distance: 9,5 km / from city center: 45 km / north / Weather: 20 °C, sunny and slightly dusty  / Camera: Nikon D90, 35 mm lens

 

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Berlin Day Hike: A Sunday City Walk

Today we just had a little lazy walk through Wedding and Mitte. I wore my linen slippers despite heavy cloudiness, because I wanted to, and of course it started raining and I had wet feet again. We had a little meal in a turkish restaurant on Badstrasse, we met some friends who had a stand on the flee market at Mauerpark and we went to the flee market on Arkona Platz to order a stand for November (!).

Sitting behind the stand at Mauerpark for a while and chatting with my friend Eddi – who is going to do “Interail for Seniors” through some eastern bloc countries – I looked up to some potential clients and saw a familiar face in front of me but this was so unlikely that I didn’t believe it at first. Standing there was Amy and her husband Jean-Paul from Luxemburg which I met on the Camino de Santiago in 2015. She is here for Fashion Week. // OMG. Fashion Week again. That is why there are so many strangely dressed people in town! // Next time when you’re in town I’ll have more time for you guys. Promised!

Look at those plants! Berlin is so green. The little park without a name behind my house is a complete wilderness now. There a millions of flowers, trees and berries growing this time of the year. I wonder if I should harvest some blackberries soon?

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Berlin Day Hike: Rainy Sunday at Bernsteinsee

Natural an diverse forests, stunning lake views,  a picturesque village, a real sandy beach at Bernsteinsee and at the end of your hike you can have a coffee sitting in the sun at wonderful wake and camp headquarters an admire the wakeboarders. Or maybe do it yourself?

Location: Wake-and-Camp am Ruhlesee near Sophienstädt – small path between Ruhlesee and Kiessee – along Blauer See – along the northern shore of Eiserbuder See – along the western shore of Bukowsee – Sophienstädt – along the western shore of Bernsteinsee (wrongly named Kiessee on the map) – back to Wake-and-Camp / Distance: 12,5 km / from city center: 50 km / north / Weather: 20 °C, rainy and cloudy  / Camera: Nikon D90, 18-200 mm lens

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Bernsteinsee:

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Teufelsberg Drachenberg

Berlin Day Hike: A Short Walk To Teufelssee

Since you cannot visit Teufelsberg (Devils’ Mountain) without those boring and expensive guides anymore I haven’t been there. In fact, Grunewald is still a green beauty above all. The cake at Ökowerk is fantastic and we took a short swim in the very cold and refreshing Teufelssee (Devils’ Lake) together with – apparently – the rest of Berlin 🙂

Location: Teufelsseechaussee – Drachenberg – around Teufelsberg – Teufelssee and back on the Teufelsseechaussee / Distance: 6 km / Weather: 27 °C, sunny / Camera: iPhone 6

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Trip to the Bavarian Alps: Kampenwand

Today we had to meet our nemesis: A short stretch of about 15m with only a rope above the abyss. Just a hint: swearing helps a lot.

And after the descent, as it was Sunday, there was even some Blasmusik (a bavarian band playing traditional music on brass instruments).

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The Kampenwand

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Wallberg Tegernsee

Trip To The Bavarian Alps: Wallberg am Tegernsee

In a kind of kamikaze action we drove 650 km on friday night from Berlin to Rottach-Egern south of Munich to take part in a vertigo class. I highly recommend the useful lessons from our trainer Heike, who was a Höhenängstler (someone who has Vertigo) herself once, which makes her very credible.

Vertigo is not gone after two days but at least I know what is happening inside of me and what I do right or wrong in the moment of truth. The rest is training she says. And in fact: My confidence concerning the abyss has already increased slightly.

All the stress is forgotten when I’m standing on the top of a mountain and see the snow covered mountain tops of the near Austrian alps.

 

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Tegernsee:

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Zeltplatz Kollm-Nord

Peacefulness After The Rain

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Kulturinsel Einsiedel

A Crazy Forest And A Short Visit To Polonia

Kulturinsel Einsiedel and its strange creatures:

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Bielawa Dolna:

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Görlitz / Zgorzelec:

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Unicorny Days At The Lake

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