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Now enjoy the trip! We the Berlin Burners had a look at Schloß Beesenstedt in advance to our Burning Bär 2016 event.
(for those who don’t know: Burning Bär is Berlin’s Burning Man-inspired festival. It will take place from the 26th till the 28th of February 2016. Here is the article about the festival that now already happend. )
Last weekend our Burning Bär castle inspection team went to Schloss Beesenstedt to have a close look at this enchanted palace. But the day started with bad luck. The car broke down just minutes away from our destination, so we walked the last few miles through these creepy woods. And just in the second we started walking, it began to snow…
… and it snowed
The path led us deeper and deeper into the dark woods…we had to overcome several obstacles… like this huge and deep abyss we had to cross.
Snowing just got heavier and heavier, but luckily we reached civilization again…
and got to the “Molkerei” which is close to the castle
which was waiting just around the corner…
Finally. Schloss Beesenstedt. Home of the freemasons in the dark ages. Never ending Absinthe ceremonies.
“Welcome strangers!” Freya, receptionist and the good soul of the house, scrutinized our snowbound and frozen group with astonishment. “What happend?” – “Oh, your car broke down and you had to walk through the creepy woods and the icecold snow?” – “Gosh! So listen, the first thing you do is having a nice intense hot sauna.” – Well, that’s what I call a very warm welcome. 🙂
So we went upstairs
And defrosted in the sauna quite quickly. Not a bad start here.
Obligatory showering after the sauna. Having a bathtube in the bed room is such a refreshing perspective, who needs a bathroom? – I think now I’m gonna have a bathtube+shower in my bedroom too.
We decided to visit the magic healer in his tent which is next to the sauna, asking for how to find the big ballroom and the “Liebe-Bar”. We showed our deepest respect, because this is the guy you need if you fall asleep in the sauna or – somehow – poisen yourself during your stay. “LOOK FOR THE MIRROR”, was his single advice.
So we climbed on top of the sauna, where the cuddle space is located to get a better overview. Cuddle space on top of the sauna? I like this castle more and more. We spotted the mirror quickly, but it did not get us any hints… was the magic healer a trickster? None of us believed in this, and after changing the perspective the next indication appeared…
So we met Susanne and Peter, biologists by training and nature lover. They seem to be a very happy couple, and even more happy to explain us where to go. “You are very close my friends, very close” Peter said.
Soon after we reached the big ballroom, so big that this photo could not cover all of it.
As well as the Liebe-Bar. “Hello friends” said the bartender Karl, “have a seat and lean back!”
So we did and took a break.
We asked Karl how to get into the cellar and the dungeon of the castle. “LOOK FOR THE LIGHT”, was his single advice.
And we found the light.
And it led us into the darkness…
Dark and small cosy places down here
What will happen at the event in these places?
Just before answering the question, everybody felt like rubbing their bodies on this fluffy-puffy wall of fur…mmmmmmmmh, WHAT a feeling.
When you reach the end of the endless dark corridor, you enter the main dancefloor. Expect less light and pumping stomping music all night long.
All of a sudden, we discoverd another hidden room. A strange machine was in the center of the room making strange noises and appeared very mysterious to us. “Look, there is a switch!” – “Dont touch the switch” shouted Karl from above… but it was too late. We clicked it.
It was a time machine! It threw us back in the 70ties, everyone woke up in another room or bath in the very top floors of the castle.
But we realized we could not find the way back although we were desperately looking for the exit.
We found Lola, and sitting beauty who was paralyzed and staring at a lamp. “LOOK FOR THE LIGHT”, she said. – “Listen Lola, the last time we followed the light we ended up lost in time and scattered and puzzled all over the place and secondly the light you are staring at is switched off.” – “Oh… well… than… FOLLOW THE LIGHT!”
So WHAT should we do? We followed the only advice we got… and found the light! In high anticipation we rushed into it.
NOOOOOOO! It was just the rooftop.
So back down the rabbit hole, still trapped in this place.
Luckily we found another character of the castle, the tree of life. “Hahaha, you followed the advice of this mad girl? Someone should switch on the lamp and enlighten her mind which wanders in darkness ever since.” “No, I don’t know how to get out of here, sorry.” “But” he continued, “I know the path to the Liebe-Bar”. Well, thats perfect, we would find our way from there.
This time we were on the right path, the chandelier was familiar to us…how would Karl look like back in the 70ties? He must be a very young man…
“Ah, its you again. Glad to see you back… how was the trip?” Karl asked. SUCH A RELIEF! It was the same Karl as before, so the machine just transformed us upstairs into the rooms, but not back in history. So it was time…
for a break again. A BIG break.
We all got super relaxed and even Karl joined in for the wine. It felt like comforting on a inexhaustible source of fun and joy… it could had been the perfect ending of this thrilling trip, but suddenly another guest appeared…
“Freeze motherf*ckers! Who do you think you are, drinking all my bottles of wine? And Karl, what’s wrong with you?” We recognized that this guy also had already a bottle or two. – While everyone was already too wasted to react, it was Playa Owl, our head honcho and the only sober person in the room who made the first move. He ripped the bottle of wine out of my hands and threw it instantly at the gunman. “Let’s get out of here, everybody run!”
We stumpled as fast as possible our way out of the castle, and the universe sent us this beautiful 1966 230 S Mercedes-Benz just in the right moment. Play Owl hijacked the car and drove us all the way back to Berlin. This was quite convinient since our car still was broke down at a place we would never find again.
What a ride! We can’t wait coming back to this lovely exciting location!
wow! i’m pretty blown away. what great storytelling and beautiful fotos! awesome. seems like a weekend is not enough to explore this place.
Thank you so much Monika. As organizers we are quite lucky, we will spent a whole week there… if ever coming back to Berlin 😉