Hiking through Düppel Forest

On 6 October 2017, one day after the storm Xavier hit Berlin severely, eight courageous members of the Unknown Berlin group met at the memorial Flensburger Löwe in Berlin-Wannsee to kick off the new club year with a long walking tour. Despite the wind and the cold, they were eager to take the well planned 12 km hike. They walked along the river path of the lower Havel River, left the famous Peacock Island behind, climbed over the fallen trees in the Düppel forest and finally headed to the St. Peter and Paul Church in Nikolskoe.

The church, the forest in between, the ferry boat station in Peacock Island and the forester´s house Moorlake have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Palaces and Gardens of Potsdam and Berlin since 1991. The charming event manager of St. Peter and Paul, Mrs. Antje von Streit welcomed the group with hot coffee and biscuits. Just after she gave a brief introduction of the historical origin of the church, the church bell suddenly played the noon chime followed by lovely music from the church tower. What a romantic moment in this truly beautiful nature with fantastic view overlooking the landscape of Havel.

After an interesting guided tour of the church, the hikers left the historical log house Nikolskoe and  had a well deserved break in Wirtshaus (tavern) Moorlake. Relaxed and motivated, the group returned to the starting point where they safely arrived by 2.30 pm.

Photo 1 from left to right: Anat Gelb, USA; Jelena Vujacic, Montenegro;  Ilona Stoelken, Marie Collins, Irland; Souhad Al-Dabbass, Irak;  Laura da Conceicao, Mosambik: Altaf Almutawa, Kuwait.

Photo 2: Jelena, Altaf, Laura, Ilona, Souhad,  Marie, Anat.

Photo 3: Marie Collins, Antje von Streit (St. Peter und Paul); Altaf Almutawa,  Ilona Stoelken.