Bleiche Resort and Spa

Fanny Zschau, Digital Diva Deluxe, Wellness, The Berlin Guidebook
Photos: Bleiche Resort and Spa

Looking for the perfect start of you summer holiday? At Bleiche can be wonderfully lazy, sit outside at the thermal water fountain in the garden, listening to its stories from the Spreewald, paddle in a boat, take a bath, discover shades of green or simply watch the butterflies reflecting in the water. Bleiche in Spreewald is about one hour drive from Berlin, connected by river Spree, crossing the Federal States of Brandenburg and Saxony to its inland delta. Here the river branches out into hundreds of kilometres. The Sorbs and Wends settled on the fertile land in the 6th century, in the 20tiest Century UNESCO made the Spreewald a particularly protected natural area. The foundation for Bleiche was laid in 1755 when Old Fritz, King of Prussia, specified that this was where his army's uniform shirts were to be bleached. From this time on rooms were rented out to travellers. Christine and Heinrich Michael Clausing bought the hotel in 1992 to develop it into today's resort and spa. The connection to the region is decisive: many natural materials such as clay, straw or wood were used.

The local linen used for the towels and bedcloth is also typical for the combination of modern and international elements: If you want a weekend off, you should sure stay over night. There are 90 rooms including 21 luxury suites plus nine hotel restaurants and the gourmet place 17fuffzig, managed by the chef of cuisine Oliver Heilmeyer. His menues are fresh and mostly from the region, which is one of the traditional vegetable growing areas of Germany. Herbs play a special role for Heilmeyer, who cuts them in the hotel's 1,000 sqm large kitchen garden that you can also visit with him. The wine menu with about 500 items is also very well equipped and draws attention among connoisseurs. Bleiche is also a paradise for bookworms like me: Comfortable corners invite you to read over a cup of icecoffee, while librarian Birgit Holler offers personal service and recommendations for the more than 15,000 books in the hotel. And last not least: Children are welcome in the Storchenburg, during the day and in the evening  – from Monday through Fridays free of charge from 8am–5pm, against a fee and registration beyond this. During the holidays, als Bleiche offers many programs for kids in a healthy mix of wellness, play and sport. Meet you there for a chill out summer holiday.

Bleiche Resort and Spa, open 24 hours all year long
Bleichestraße 16, D-03096 Burg im Spreewald


Vizio Italiano

Fanny Zschau, Digital Diva Deluxe, Food, Drinks, Shop, The Berlin Guidebook
Photo: Vizio Italiano

Just around the corner an Italian place named Vizio Italiano opened up and I grabbed very tasty Arancino Bianco and Arancino Ragu for Mario and me the first time I came by their window, right where Friedrich- and Linienstraße meet. The next week my friend Stefan took me out to lunch the same restaurant and we found out, that its sure worth to go inside and take a look at the impressing rows of fresh pastas, that change regularly and are offered with different salsas. We had a nice talk with the owners Alecca and Marco outside in the sun, who used to live in New York and were just about to pack a big dinner basket for the birthday of the youngest of their three daughters. As nice as the people are the pastas and you can find a complete menu including bread, pasta, salad, dolci and a soft drink for 10 Euros during daytime at für 13 Euros along with a glass of wine for dinner. Everything was really fresh and made me want to come back for more. So we checked it out with freinds and family yesterday and sat upstairs next to the show kitchen. We ordered Quadrelli Cacciopepe, Focaccia Bologna and three different types of pasta coming along with bread, Insalata siciliana and white wine and it all looked so good, that we just had to taste each one from another. In the end of the evening, after our caffè and cappuccini and sharing a delicious torta caprese al limone, we were all of the opinion: We never had such good food outside of Italy and this place has become one of our new favourites in its first month. Not only because the food quality is way over the top but also because you feel warmly welcome and instantly at home at Vizio Italiano. Buon appetito and thanks for being our new neighbours.

Vizio Italiano, Friedrichstraße 117, D-10117 Berlin