In a big city, it’s always nice to enjoy the nightlife, restaurants, shops, art exhibits, and all the exciting things that are in offer. But sometimes, we are so consumed with the business of daily life that we forget how important it is to be able to pamper yourself every once in while. Despite its relaxed attitude Berlin, like any other big city, can manage to wear you out.
That’s why it was delightful to receive a voucher for a day at a Hamam right in the middle of Kreuzberg as a present. I’d known of their existence around this area but never ventured out to look for them. So when the opportunity presented itself, I relished in it. My visit consisted of me and my friend relaxing in a warm room with comfortable cushions and magazines, then relaxing some more in the bathing area every once in a while pouring warm water on ourselves while chatting and then dividing the rest of our time between the sauna and the cold water showers. You can also get traditional Turkish ‘Kese’ (Turkish handglove) peeling and ‘Sabunlama’ massages.
I find it lovely to live in an area with such cultural diversity like Kreuzberg. And I think the Hamam at Marianenstrasse, though a bit ‘Europeanized’, has managed to maintain an authentic and heavenly environment in which women of all different cultures come to enjoy such an old and absolutely delightful tradition.