For some Berliners, Brandenburg feels like Mordor from Lord of the Rings. A dark place you are not supposed to go. But our recent discovery will make this assumption disappear even for the most sceptikal ones: An Alpaka farm with the most fluffy creatures of the world
Just one hour from Berlin by car is the little village of Börnicke near Nauen. There you will find the privately run Alpaca farm run by Nora and Joachim. Both are big fans of Alpacas who normally live in South America. They decided to build a little stable for these incredible animals next to an idyllic forest.
When we arrived we did not really know what to expect. But as soon as we stood in the middle of the field the funny animals avidly came towards us eating crispy bread from our hands and cuddling with us. We instantly got high of joy. I would have never believed it myself, but playing with these animals gives you the absolute feeling of happiness. When they look at you with their cute big brown eyes you cannot avoid feeling a deep warm sensation around your heart.
If you are allergic to other animals you don’t need to worry about the Alpacas. Their fur is hypoallergenic which means you won’t have any reactions. But Alpacas are really good for your health in many ways. Joachim and Noras bring their Alpacas for little therapeutic excursions to children and senior residents which all really benefit from the peaceful animals.
When you visit the farm (by prior appointment) you don’t need to pay any entrance fee. But leaving some money for food and for maintaining the stable is highly appreciated since keeping alpacas is a costly hobby. They also have a small assortment of products made from Alpaca fleece.
For us, it was the perfect weekend excursion. Getting off our routines, emails and cell phones and hanging out with these animals made us realize that there are great ways in nature to find some unexpected joy. Maybe Brandenburg isn’t so bad after all right?