There are places which give one the feeling you have entered another world. Of having left the every day behind. SpreeArche is such a place in Köpenick – a restaurant in the middle of Müggelsee, with no bridge attached. If you do not swim to it and you do not have a boat, you will have to wait for the ferry going there every 15 minutes (free of charge). Leaving the land behind, with no strings attached, is what makes this place otherworldly. Sometimes the Berliner winters are so harsh, that one can walk over to the wooden cabin on ice. The uncanny feeling lingers then as well.
Frank, the man who imagined this place, had to fight his way through to make it happen. No bank shared his vision initially, so he embarked on this journey nevertheless, driven by his love for water. The kitchen is predominantly German: home made Boueletten and “grandmother’s” potato salad, pickled herring, but also halloumi cheese, grilled shrimp and sturgeon fillet. The sun is an accomplice in this setting, especially when performing the sunset pirouette. One will surely find here front row seats for this show.
Tip: Make sure to call in advance, the place is sometimes booked for other events.
1. Friedrichshagen side: go through the Spree Tunnel and walk around 300 meters to your right.
2. Köpenick side: walk past the Köpenick Hospital and the BVG buses in the Müggelschlößenweg, you will then find the station on the shore after around 900 meters.