Lake season is well and truly upon us, and for me, this is when Berlin really comes into it's own as a superb summer city... with convenient access to the bucolic state of Brandenburg, where we can take our pick from the 3000 lakes surrounding the capital.
Living in Berlin with two young boys, it’s easy to forget what silence sounds like. So every now and again we try to head out to the countryside in search of this rare commodity. A friend had recommended a farm-stay guesthouse in Brandenburg, so a couple of weeks ago, we all took some time off midweek, and headed North, to Gut Boltenhof, an hour and a half’s drive out of the city.
We recently took our car and headed out of the city heading to the Baltic Coast. Craving some time away from the city, we searched for somewhere family-friendly to stay and found the Ostsee Feriendorf, a small collection of holiday homes with their own access to a beach and water along the coast. We had quite differing weather during our visit so pardon the swap around in clothing in the images quite somewhat but here's more info about our family trip to the Baltic Coast.
Thanks to the school / Kita break, we finally found a day where we can head out of Berlin and go fruit picking. Something I've been dreaming of doing since last summer. I picked one place out at random from my list of where to go fruit picking near Berlin and Selbstpflückeparadies Elisenau / Pomona Gartenbau (not the easiest title) came up so we headed out there.
A few weekends ago we headed out of Berlin, to Potsdam, a city easily accessible via train or car and checked out the Biosphäre Potsdam. I documented our time there for a review...
We have visited Tropical Islands a few times now but, after many readers asking me what it's like to spend the night there, we finally went and tried it out for ourselves. Here is my review of our overnight stay at Tropical Islands.
Spa's needn't be just for those living up the single life, there are plenty not too far from Berlin where the children can feel just as free to enjoy and many that offer specific family-friendly activities too. Here is a list of the thermal baths and 'Wellness' (or Spa) retreats that offer fun for all the family.
Last week we had the pleasure of spending a gorgeous break near the Harz Mountains, in the picturesque medieval town Quedlinburg. Being roughly 2.5 hours drive from Berlin, it makes for a wonderful family holiday in Germany and I thought I'd share a bit about our time there, some photos of course and my tips of where to stay, where to eat out and what to do in the region here..
I recently had a two day period where only my six year and I were around and, with us being in the summer holidays, I was trying to decide what we could do. I decided to try and book a last minute trip for us to El Dorado in Templin as I'd wanted to go there for ages but had been concerned it would be too scary for our toddler. This was the perfect opportunity to go and check it out, just the two of us and that's what we did!
In April, my family and I rented a car and drove 3.5 hours from Berlin to a wonderful little farm based just 12km away from Hansestadt Stralsund and across the bridge from Stralsund sits Rügen Island, along the baltic coast. We spent four days glamping on Dinserhof farm and what a four days it was! Here's my review along with a number of photographs from our time spent there...