The five us went to Müggelsee for the day, a large lake in south east Berlin. We took the S-Bahn and walked down to the lake front beside some breweries. Our walk took us through a cool, tiled underpass built in the 1920s and decorated with period green tiles.
We sat by the lake for a while and the water was tempting and warm for swimming. Sadly it was too breezy and a slow exit on the gently shelving beach would have made for a cold exit from a swim. We had lunch in a bräuhaus close to the underpass, which sold some lovely dunkel beer and I tried a currywurst, which was fruity and went well with a Pils.
Our €6 day travel passes included a ferry, which we took into the Keiner Mügglesee and then down a small river towards Dämeritzsee.
We got off the ferry at Am Küstergarten and got a bit lost in the all the small streets around there, trying to find our way to Neu Venedig. The whole area comprises small plots of lush land, arranged around series of canals. Some plots had small beach-hut-style holiday homes and others had expensive-looking modern architecture. Our walk took us through Kuckucksnest and Plutoweg. We stopped at another beer place at Neu Venedig, on Finkenweg and by a canal and sat enjoying watching the river life drift by. This was a good spot to end our tour.
A quick walk up Kuckucksteig and Schönbliker Strasse to get to the Wilhelmshagen S-Bahn.
It was a quick trip back to our apartment. We had dinner in a Vietnamese restaurant close by the S-Bahn, called Viet Fun. I had sushi, which all the Vietnamese restaurants seem to sell.
In the evening we went to a local trendy 70s-styled bar called “Willys” for two-for-one drinks before 10. Four of us had nine large beers for €16, which is amazingly cheap. In fact Berlin has been very good value for everything. Malcolm and Andrew went off clubbing afterwards in a local club. Michael came back to the apartment to keep me company, nursing my cold still.
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