Brew with a view: a true taste of China
Where better to enjoy a fragrant cup of Chinese tea than in a magnificent Chinese teahouse?
Complete with trickling waterfall and pool of fat, glistening goldfish, this picture-perfect pavilion could easily be in China itself, but is actually located in Berlin's (not so far) east.
It's the star attraction in the Chinese garden at Marzahn's Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World), and having been designed by experts in Beijing, then built from materials shipped all the way from China, is authentic down to the tiniest detail.
There's even the opportunity to take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, with participants introduced to the philosophical, spiritual and aesthetic qualities of a not-so-humble cup of chá.
Or perhaps, as you sit and sip while contemplating the gently rippling lake and surrounding bamboo groves, you might just experience a moment of tea-induced enlightenment all by yourself.
Chinesiches Teehaus / Chinese teahouse: Gärten der Welt, Eisenacher Strasse 99, 12685 Berlin (note that there is an entrance fee to the park itself).
Opening times: April-October, daily 10.30am-6pm; November-March, open weekends, weather permitting.
Reservations required for the Chinese tea ceremony. See website, or email info (at) china-teehaus.de