by Zoë Noble
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Our recipe for a perfect Berlin summer day:
1. Take 1 dog. We recommend a Bully, but any dog will do.
2. Add 1 blazing hot Berlin summer day.
3. Stew in a airtight S7 train. Time may vary, but our lump of dog took 50 minutes to cook through.
4. Leave to cool for about 30 minutes (or as long as it takes to walk from Grunewald to the “dog beach” at Grunewaldsee Hundestrand).
5. Arrange your other ingredients on a picnic blanket. We recommend wine (white or rosé), bite-sized chunks of fruit and veg and assorted dips.
6. Sprinkle your dogmeat with water to keep from drying out.
7. Mix well with other dogs.
8. Enjoy. Guten Appetit!
Pfaueninsel on Wannsee is an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle (and broken bottles) of Ringbahn-bound Berlin. At the end of the S7, a short bus ride and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it ferry trip transport visitors to a lush little island covered in flowers and stalked by brightly-feathered patrols of peacocks. This designated UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally created as a testament to Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm II’s favoured mistress, and it seems the romance of the place is infectious – even my parents were caught holding hands as they strolled under a leafy canopy! As ever, Slow Travel Berlin have painstakingly record the history of Pfaueninsel, which means we can leave you with our impressions of the place – i.e. the pretty pictures!
Photos by Zoë Noble Photography