Escape: Into Brandenburg with Opel Cascada

In cooperation with Opel

It’s that time of the year! All Berliners wanna flock out of the city and into Brandenburg, watch butterflies, swim in lakes, eat all the creamy cakes, and watch the sun set while lying on a green lawn. To make your list of escape destinations a little longer, I’m giving you three places you must see this summer. And to make your travel loads easier and more stylish, my cooperation partner CarUnity is giving you a pretty convertible for a weekend! We got three Opel Cascada waiting for you on the weekend of July 29th to 31st, choose your favorite escape destination and leave a comment under this article.

Just a little disclaimer besides our regular rules, in order to get the car, you need a driver’s license that’s valid in Germany. You can pick up the car on July 29th in Berlin Mitte and must return it until the morning of August 1st, at the latest. Gas expenses aren’t covered.

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Ökodorf Brodowin

You always wanted to know where your favorite dairy comes from, right? Then travel to Brodowin, a village about 60km north east of Berlin, very close to the giant Parsteiner See. This is where the cows live, according to Demeter standards, free to stroll in and out of their stables, and with plenty of greenery. The milk is handled on the same premises, and the little farm café not only offers soup and cakes, but also fresh and most delicious butter milk, that’s only available here. There’s also a little store, offering every single Brodowin product as well as much more from the region, so load up your trunk! Read more here.

Photo: Forsthaus Strelitz
Photo: Forsthaus Strelitz

Forsthaus Strelitz

90km north of Berlin lies Neustrelitz, home to one of the most exciting restaurants in Brandenburg: Forsthaus Strelitz. Wenzel Pankratz is serving dishes made from produce of the region and their own farm: self made butter and bread, food cooked on fire, and everything served in a carefully restored interior. You can also book a room to stay the whole weekend and use the Forsthaus as a starting point for hikes into the beautiful area and its many lakes. More here.

Photo: Insl Kyritz
Photo: Insl Kyritz

Insl Kyritz

An island in the Klempowsee is home to a dreamy beer garden where burgers made from locally sourced ingredients are served with juices from fruits grown just around the corner. And it really is an island, fully surrounded by water, with many deckchairs and other possibilities to lounge in the sun and listen to the quiet waves. Some call this traditional escape destination, that already feeds hungry Berliners with a longing for the countryside since a hundred years, idyllic, see for yourself if paradise isn’t a more appropriate word. More here.

In order to get one of the three cars, leave a comment under this article choosing one of the destinations. No, I won’t check if you really, really go there, it’s, as everything on this blog, just a friendly suggestion, but I wanna know what you’re most interested in. Leave the comment until Tuesday, July 26th!

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  1. Friedemann on

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    Yeeeeah, I would love to go to Insl Kyritz!
    *finger’s crossed*

  2. Anni Ka on

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    SPREEWALD! I would love to go and see where all the Gurken come from <3

  3. ghazaleh on

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    Forsthaus strelitz! great place also for the doggy!

  4. Eva on

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    I would love to drive stylefully to Summter See :-) Haven’t been to a lake all summer (well the summer hasn’t been that summery yet :-/ ). Would be sooooo coool :-)

  5. Kai on

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    I would love to hike around Neustrelitz :)

  6. Sebastian on

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    Insel Kyritz sounds great!

  7. Jennifer on

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    I’d pack along my dachshund and head to Insl Kyritz!

  8. Tatiana on

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    I just moved 4 months ago from a greek island to Berlin… And im originally from Brazil… It’s been my first summer that’s not quite a summer and it’s been haaaard ahahahah!! I hope to go visit all three places, but for some reason Forsthaus Strelitz caught my eye (er, my stomach…!) :) very nice give-away!

  9. Maria on

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    Seen-Hopping in der Uckermarkt mit Ponyreiten und Kanufahren und Kuchenessen und Äpfelpflücken. #Sommerinbrandemburg #Brannnnnnenburg

  10. Hubbles & Hans on

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    I´m Hubbles and I would love to go to Ökodorf Bodowin to eat something there a dog can eat and go swimming around the Insl Kyritz, because I love water so much. I can´t drive a car myself, because I am a dog. I just really like the wind blowing through my long ears. So I would bring Hans & Jeremy, they would take me there for a long weekend. If I win I will write everyone where a dog is a respected guest and where you shouldn´t go.
    Please don´t ask how I learned to write mails. Woof, Hubbles

  11. Tine on

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    Kloster Chorin, former Cistercian monastery. Best escape for hot days with many lakes around!

  12. Marie on

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    Ökodorf Brodowin, obviously! It is so great to see how products, which we buy everyday, are produced there. Also Parsteiner See is amazing – I went there for class trips and still have very vivid memories. I would go with my girlfriends who are all in town this weekend so this would be a great trip for the weekend!

  13. Ann on

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    As we regularly order from Ökodorf Brodowin I would love to visit and see where our fruits and vegetables grow.

  14. Kaspar on

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    Insel Kyritz looks really promising, but Brodowin and Forsthaus Strelitz seem equally worth a trip. I might check all three locations ;-) Thanks for your suggestions!

  15. Anna on

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    Yum dairy! I would love to check out Brodowin. I

    However, terrific food or sun on an island with a beer also sounds lovely.

  16. Marie on

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    A cold beer and burgers? – Insel Kyritz has everything I wish for a sunny weekend, but also the Forsthouse looks lovely. On my way back, i’ll visit Strandbad Caputh. I never found time (and a car) to go there.

  17. Eliska Jaros on

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    Forsthaus Strelitz is the place for us! We are always excited to try new places to eat and the fact thats it’s surronded by muliple lakes and forrest makes it just perfect family weekend gateaway! We would definitely stop in Freizeitpark Germendorf on our way as we attempted to go for my daughters recent 2nd B-day (after making her very excited to see huge dinosaurs) and unfortunately found out that you can “Drive now” only within Berlin. Stupid parents, sorry Lilly:-(

  18. Manu on

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    Definately I would choose Kyritz. I’ll tell you why: I just read an article about the woman who changed her location from Kreuzberg to this beautiful island in the last Sunday Tagesspiegel. Actually I kept this article to visit this Sweet little island very soon – maybe the Last Weekend in July? With one of your offered cars? 👀 That possibilility would make me very happy – because I have no car for about 8 years now!

  19. Stephanie on

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    Borodiwin, having a glass of milk, making new cow friends…

    1. Stephanie on

      Damn you autocorrect. That’s not even a word. BRODOWIN is the location of choice.

  20. Julia on

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    Kyritz looks so, so beautiful!
    I might be biased because I have a soft spot for islands in general, but yeah, I’d definitely go there if I had a car!

  21. Christian on

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    Insl Kyritz sounds soooo nice!

  22. Friederike on

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    Spargel, Quitte, Rübeneintopf im Forsthaus Strelitz!

  23. Dayna Stern on

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    Neustrelitz for us! Great food and lots of lakes to splash in!

  24. Krystian Wlodarczyk on

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    Ah, shoot – why not? Insl Kyritz looks like a really nice direction to go for a weekend trip. btw. Looks so small on the map, in comparison to Muritz lakes. Hidden gem? ;)

  25. Ingi on

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    I’d love to head to the Insel Kyritz with my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary! It looks so beautiful and a drive through Brandenburg in this fun little car would be a very lovely treat. Thank you for the opportunity!

  26. Lutz Scheffer on

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    Oh :) i would visit friends in their little farmhouse in Baek, sitting in the sun, watering the garden, cooking together and enjoying the silence…

  27. Odile on

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    There’s a wonderful gutshof in solzow, which is just around Neustrelitz and has the nicest owners and amazing food – but I would also love to check out Insel Kyritz, it sounds so great! And of course swim in as many lakes as possible! Easy if you can drive around in such a stylish car!

  28. Wolfgang on

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    Brodowin! I spent my childhood vacations there – haven’t been in 20 years and would love to go back and show my girlfriend who’s from the U.S.! It doesn’t get more Brandenburg than Brodowin!

  29. Lea on

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    Das Forsthaus Strelitz wollte ich schon lange mal ausprobieren. Perfekt für eine Spritztour mit anschließendem Abendessen!

  30. Iris on

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    Insl Kyritz… nie gehört. Aber es klingt fantastisch und zeigt, dass Brandenburg völlig zu Unrecht vernachlässigt wird. Meistens bleibt es bei Ausflügen in Berlin/Potsdam oder – wenn es etwas weiter weg sein darf – direkt zur Ostsee. Brandenburg braucht unbedingt mehr Aufmerksamkeit!

  31. Jene van den abeele on

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    I would love to discover ökodorf Brodowin!

  32. Anika on

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    Ökodorf Brodowin!

  33. Christian on

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    I would like to just drive around the beautiful lakes and little parkways with my girlfriend to enjoy the summer! Brandenburg is perfect for spontanous weekend holidays.

  34. Katherine Polin on

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    Forsthaus Strelitz and the Baroque architecture of the city of Neustrelitz would make an amazing weekend away, with the lakes, hikes, bike paths! In another direction, Paewesin (with an amazing bakery) and the Beetzsee — tree-lined allees, countryside, lake… The best thing about these trips is that the landscape during the journeys there as well as destination are equally magical — especially in a convertible!

  35. Carla G on

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    Alle hören sich wundervoll an, Danke für die Tipps, Mary, aber die Insel Kyritz wäre mein Favorit an einem heißen Juliwochenende.

  36. Caro on

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    I would first take the Opel Cascada to the Mobile Kino Weekender happening in Brandenburgs Schlaubetal that weekend. Then on the Sunday I would like to drive over to Insl Kyritz to relax.

  37. Karsten on

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    Insl Kyritz!!

  38. Juli on

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    As I am from the countryside and have not been home in bavaria for sooo long I would love to go visit some happy cows in Brodowin. Maybe I can also do a little jump into some hay as I did as a kid and cure my homesickness!

  39. Sebastian on

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    an beautiful island — beer garden — burgers

    … well that was an easy choice. I would love to go to Insl Kyritz!

  40. StreetLounge on

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    Well, Insl Kyritz seems like the place for me – water, beer garden, tasty food… Just a dream. As I do miss a lot some real beaches around (I mean, like on the sea coast:-)), lakes have become a favorite place to go in summer time (especially with all the beautiful green nature surrounding them). And, I love beer! :P

  41. Marjolein on

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    I am going to Insl Kyritz on the 30th of July to my friends Hochzeit! It would be super to go there with my own Opel Cascada.

  42. Christina Schaaf on

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    Insel Kyritz – looks like paradise and sounds like the place I should be spending next weekend at, with my boyfriend whose name is Kyri! What a perfect idea!

  43. Christoph on

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    Ich würde sofort auf die Insel Kyritz. Schön mit Bierchen die Füße im Wasser baumeln lassen :)

    1. Christoph on

      I would love to go to the Island Kyritz. Relax with a beer and foots in the water :)

  44. Daniel Sigge on

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    OK, a cabriolet. Wow. Talked about it all the rare summer days we had—”one day I want to drive one, friends! Get your picknick baskets ready, stuffed with all good things Berlin has to offer, and let’s head to a even more sunnier place.” Driving a car is a shared option nowadays, in a big city it’s more an incentive to do every part of coming forward—walk, bike, drive, share. And sharing is the conjunction, what a cabriolet should be about. Share it with your friends, share it with your beloved ones. Sunglasses and headscarfs are feeling bliss when they hear the simple but beautiful word c-a-b-r-i-o-l-e-t. And I would run wild, if I could offer my friends a weekend ride. To a sunny place.

  45. Lucas K. on

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    Insel Kyritz. Dort wollte ich immer schon hin. Mit dem Cabrio wäre das natürlich ur schick.

  46. Elisabeth on

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    We need a weekend away! Forsthaus looks very dreamy romantic and the food doesnt sound too bad either….! We went to Hessenburg few weeks ago after reading your article and it was fantastic! Love loved the area!

  47. Marc Schumacher on

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    Wonderful idea! Thanks for these cool tips! I would like to add Stechlinsee with that old “Fischerei Stechlinsee”.
    We would love to win the Opel for a day!

  48. Natalie on

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    AUSFLUG TIME!! Oh how much I’d love to visit Insl Kyritz

  49. Olga on

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    WANDERLUST with Opel! With my little boy and my man we’d go to the Ökodorf and show the big city boy some cows :) Perfect family destination I guess!

  50. ella on

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    To celebrate the end of this semester and exam season, I’d love to pack my Rucksack and spend a weekend at Forsthaus Strelitz!

  51. Kay on

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    I’ve been exploring green spaces in and around Berlin on weekly hikes this year and would be delighted to get out a little further and see Müritz-Nationalpark near Neustrelitz.

  52. Karsten on

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    Insl Kyritz seems like the perfect weekend getaway.

  53. Tina Doherr on

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    Uuuhh i’d visit them all – pack my hubby and the coolest kid in town, dress up a little to look pretty behind the wheel and off we go! Would also have a spare seat for the fairy who picks us as the lucky winner *gg

  54. Leon on

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    Forsthaus Strelitz – to shoot our own episode of “Forsthaus Falkenau” (former family series / very cheesy)!

  55. t.palm on

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    i need the island

  56. rosa on

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    Aww I would live to escape the City to Insl Kyritz. I hope to get the chance an come back.wizh awesome pictures and a story full of adventure :)

  57. Bea on

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    Forsthaus Strelitz looks wonderful! While I ‘m enjoying the way Berlin transforms during the summer, lately, I’ve been craving some time out of the city- somewhere green, with open spaces and great food :) Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get to visit one of these places soon!

  58. Friederike on

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    Was just looking for some inspiration for our 10th anniversary this weekend and Insl Kyritz looks like a wonderful place to enjoy a nice relaxing meal and a swim. A nice car would turn the whole thing into a perfect trip and a great surprise for my boyfriend :)

  59. Simon Lukas on

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    Going with friends this weekend to Uckermark – a car would be perfect !

  60. Gillian on

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    I want to visit some cows in Ökodorf Brodowin

  61. Anna H. on

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    Ohhhhh, so ein Opel wäre ALLERBEST! Mary deine escapes sind immer super und ich liebe das Forsthaus Strelitz aber dieses Wochenende würde ich an den Stechlinsee fahren! Freitag ganz früh, wenn noch nicht so viel los ist! Und dann weiter an die Ostsee das Schwesterlein besuchen und Geburtstag feiern!

  62. Tudor Dan Ancuta on

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    Who wouldn’t want to visit Insel Kyritz? It is one of the most gorgeous places one can visit.

  63. Jerome on

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    I definitely want to step by Kyritz and eat one of those burgers on the island – sounds pretty amazing to me! Then drive up north to the Mecklenburgische Seenplatte to relax at one of those many lakes <3

  64. Celina on

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    Insel Kyritz sounds super nice to me! Would love to go there!

  65. Dominic on

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    I love to visit the Baltic Sea in the summer. With a little breeze, rent a Strandkorb and spend the day at the beach.

  66. Toby on

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    I’d go to see the storks by the Elbe at Rühstadt. I’m not a bird watcher but they’re amazing.

  67. Toby on

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    I’d go to see the storks by the Elbe at Rühstadt. I’m not a bird watcher but they’re amazing. I’d do this after taking my girlfriend to Brodowin, as she’s really committed to localism in food.

  68. Bram van Montfort on

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    I’d love to visit the markischer lamahof and do a 8 hour hike with some lamas through the krummen see!

  69. Chloe Langford on

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    I choose the Ökodorf :-) I’d like to visit the place where my favourite milk comes from.

  70. Maria Giesecke on

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    Ökodorf Brodowin! Cows, nature, food. All I need.
    <3

  71. Lukas on

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    Insel Kyritz! Nothing better than a beer garden in the middle of the lake on a hot weekend :-)

  72. Dana on

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    Kloster Chorin sounds really good.

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