Photos: Cooling At Müggelsee & Cuba in Berlin

When it’s hotter in Berlin than it’s been all year. When you’ve worked long and hard at more than one job and there’s still more to do. When certain aspects of bureaucratic non-sense at the university adminstration office  plus the subjectivity of empowered online know-it-alls makes you just want to laugh at the sheer absurdity of it all? Sometimes, deadlines or not, you have to take a break. As curious as the name is to pronounce, for my break, I went to Müggelsee (Mooh-gul-Zay).

Not often frequented by foreigner tourists but definitely a favorite with locals, it is the largest lake in Berlin, spanning parts of the city’s eastern edges with borders in the districts of Treptow-Köpenick, Friedrichshagen, Rahnsdorf and Muggelheim. Definitely off the beaten path, and suggestive of the clearly communal, yet somehow private lives the average German leads, at the weekend, after working their 9-to-5? Many get naked and lay out, bat the ball around, wade in the water or just sit around and enjoy beer and bratwurst or a barbequed boulette.

For me and a friend, who’d suggested the outing, we found a quieter, more secluded little beach out of the sun and away from the crowds, and spent the cooling evening hours alternating between swimming and a little dicing as the sun set on a fine day.

Entrance/Exit by Red Haircrow
Entrance/Exit by Red Haircrow
Waiting For My Brat by Red Haircrow
Waiting For My Brat by Red Haircrow
Renovations by Red Haircrow
Renovations by Red Haircrow
A Stretch of "Man" Sand by Red Haircrow
A Stretch of “Man” Sand by Red Haircrow

Views of the lake:

Reflections by Red Haircrow
Reflections by Red Haircrow
Gentle Pier by Red Haircrow
Gentle Pier by Red Haircrow
Ready For Your Turn by Red Haircrow
Ready For Your Turn by Red Haircrow
Other Side of the Bridge by Red Haircrow
Other Side of the Bridge by Red Haircrow
Berliner Bürger Brau Brewery by Red Haircrow
Berliner Bürger Brau Brewery by Red Haircrow
Rowers by Red Haircrow
Rowers by Red Haircrow
Idlers by Red Haircrow
Idlers by Red Haircrow
Incoming Waves by Red Haircrow
Incoming Waves by Red Haircrow
Strand View by Red Haircrow
Strand View by Red Haircrow
Little Beach With Villa View by Red Haircrow
Little Beach With Villa View by Red Haircrow
Contemplations on Cold Water by Red Haircrow
Contemplations on Cold Water by Red Haircrow

Sunset at Müggelsee:

Spreearche View by Red Haircrow
Spreearche View by Red Haircrow
Sun Burst by Red Haircrow
Sun Burst by Red Haircrow
Silhouette by Red Haircrow
Silhouette by Red Haircrow

Final shots:

Silhouette Two by Red Haircrow
Silhouette Two by Red Haircrow
Packing Up To Go by Red Haircrow
Packing Up To Go by Red Haircrow
Apricot Evening by Red Haircrow
Apricot Evening by Red Haircrow
The Motion of Water by Red Haircrow
The Motion of Water by Red Haircrow

And afterwards? A nice stop at the Havanna Club at Treskowallee for a light supper and few cool Schöffhofer’s, a rather nice hefe-weizen bier. The Afro-Cubano rhythms were perfect counterpoint to conversation as was the night air through the open door.

Tall, Cool Goodness by Red Haircrow
Tall, Cool Goodness by Red Haircrow
Summer Salad & Candlelight by Red Haircrow
Summer Salad & Candlelight by Red Haircrow
Colorful Tree by Red Haircrow
Colorful Tree by Red Haircrow
"Next Year In Havana" by Red Haircrow
“Next Year In Havana” by Red Haircrow

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6 thoughts on “Photos: Cooling At Müggelsee & Cuba in Berlin

  1. Sounds like a nice little outing! And I bet the water was freezing – this is Germany …
    But summer at last!
    Where do all those strange names come from? Müggelsee, Scharmützlesee…

    1. Indeed it was very cold, but pleasant once in. Of the names: I think they were made up by an old man with a clogged nose and soft palate who was just about to sneeze.

  2. I went to Müggelsee for the first time with a friend on Wednesday and will definitely be going back, though I don’t think I’ll be getting in the water unless we have some late summer sun.

    1. Yes, I hope to return there again too at some point. Supposedly in a couple of days the weather will be around 28° so maybe that will be a good day for visiting.

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