exploring

Angel wings in x-berg

Spotted in Oranienstraße the other day.

We just can’t get enough

Seriously, I won’t do it but I’m very close to complaining about how hot it is in Berlin these days. BUT luckily there are lots of Strandbäder where you can go cool down.

I have to go to Sommerbad Pankow. Yes! It’s all about the roller coaster! I still remember our 1995 family trip to Lignano Sabbiadoro including a day at the close by water park.

Check out all the Strandbäder here

While we wait for open water

I’m not really a big fan of indoor swimming pools but when the venue is as beautiful as Stadtbad Neukölln, it’s a different story. The venue opened again in March 2009 after 10 months of renovation.

Besides the two pools there is a herbal sauna, a steam bath, a Finnish sauna, sun showers and what have we not. Plus they offer massages.

There are several Bäder in Berlin that are worth a visit. More info here (German).



Photos from website

A tropical get-a-way

I have known about this place for ages but I still haven’t been there. Maybe the Holidays now are the perfect time to go? Charge batteries for New Years Eve?

Tropical Islands. A huge indoor tropical world with sandy beaches, warm water and a Tropical Rainforest and authentic tropic building structures. AND a Tropical Spa & Sauna complex.

Of course one would prefere the real thing. As with shopping malls I’m generally not a big fan of huge, artificial indoor man-made structures but judging from the photos this looks like it’s worth a visit. Just for the experience.

The possibly coolest thing: You can camp in the rainforest! So how I picture it: Gather a big group of friends, pack your beach equipment extravaganza and GO!

Tropical Islands is located approximately 60 km south of Berlin. Find more information on the website

Tropical-Islands

Winter time = Sauna time

Winter is upon us! Minus degrees, depressingly short days, over-consumption of kleenex and a general proclivity to stay home at night instead of venturing out in the blistering cold.

So here’s a tip to get warm throughout the next couple of months. SAUNA! There are countless around Berlin. Some mixed gender if you’re into expressing bodily freedom, some seperated gender and other just for women.

A friend recently went to a Hamam at the Schokofabrik (Chocolate Factory – makes it sound even more interesting!!) located here. This is a women only though.

For €12 you get 3 hours access and for an additional €2/30 minutes you can stay all day if you wish. For €20 my friend had a full body peeling as well. Amazing, she said. Here is some more information on saunas.

Already looking forward to next week’s pampering. Wonder if it will make me look as good as Kate Moss in this W Magazine Fashion Editorial shot in a Hamam?

Hamam
Pictures from The Insider

Torstraße is blooming

Well, not literally but the street has really changed in the last year or two. One gallery /showroom / concept store after another has popped up, mingling with the old kiosks, wash salons and “imbisses”.

Torstraße has definately become a go see. Whether during the day for a bit of shopping, in the late afternoon for a vernissage, in the evening for dinner or at night for a vodka/tonic at Muschi Obermaier – or really late at night for a beer at Kaffee Burger.

More details on stores, galleries, restaurants etc will follow in the near future. I mentioned vietnamese restaurant DUDU already. Speaking of which, happy birthday Nam!!

Start your route at the Schönhauser Allee intersection and walk all the way to Friedrichstraße. Or the other way of course….as you like.

Torstrasse
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