Soft sand, fragrant pines, shimmering water and the smell of sun cream. Summer is officially here. And even though this might make you think of southern France, Mallorca, or at least the Baltic sea—it's easy to experience this summer feeling right here in Berlin and Brandenburg. Even if it gets too crowded for you at Wannsee, Weißensee or Prinzebad, you don't have to travel far to find a peaceful oasis. Around Berlin, you will find countless charming lakes with forests, beaches, and crystal-clear water. And while some lakes, such as Müggelsee or Helenesee, are already old classics—others some real insider tips.
We've picked out eleven first-class lakes for you to swim in. From the elegant Plötzensee and the Tiefen See in Potsdam, to the secluded Rahmer See, there is something for everyone. Each lake has its own unique qualities: a well-kept open-air swimming pool, secret swimming spots, a white sandy beach or a special family offer. All Tours are extra short, so there is enough time for swimming and sunbathing. Since an ice cream, a bratwurst or a serving of French fries are also part of a perfect bathing day, you will find a rustic inn or a cozy snack on every trip.
Thanks to the S-Bahn and the regional train, you can reach all of the nine bathing lakes without a car. When you return home in the evening, you can enjoy the view of the passing landscape—and start to think of the next weekend.
In times of Corona, our tour suggestions are mainly one thing: inspirations for hikes and bike tours in the near future, when the everyday restrictions are less strict. Please stay healthy, protect yourself and other people. Avoid any unnecessary travel — if the urgent desire for fresh air lures you out on our tours, please observe the distance and hygiene rules. By the way, FFP2 masks are mandatory in the Berlin S-Bahn!
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The Schlosspark Babelsberg has earned a special place of honor within the palaces and gardens of Potsdam. But only a few Berliners know that the park also has a very cozy outdoor pool. Directly on the deep lake, with a fantastic view of Potsdam, you can splashing around here. And the outdoor pool has a lot to offer: sandy beach, well-tended lawns, playgrounds and even a volleyball court.
During the construction of the Oder-Havel Canal, the water level of the Lehnitzsee dropped by several meters. The Oranienburger were quite imaginative and set up several swimming on the recovered, sandy land. On a tour around the lake you can discover both official and a small, secret bathing beach. All three swimming areas are free and freely accessible. Families like to bathe at the lido Oranienburg, because there is also a snack bar and toilets.
The idyllic Strausberg is always worth a visit. Especially in summer, because the large Straussee attracts with excellent water quality and beautiful bathing places. It is especially comfortable in the outdoor pool Strausberg. The lido with the elegant wooden buildings has existed since 1925 and spoils the bathers with sandy beach, slides and diving towers. If you prefer it more secluded, you can also choose one of the small bathing spots on the wooded western shore of the lake.
North of Berlin you will find countless swimming lakes. A very special insider tip is the Rahmer See. This is mainly due to the nostalgic and family-friendly beach. The operators have consistently maintained the rustic GDR charm and thus successfully resisted wild modernization. Here you get everything the bathing heart desires: sunbathing area, slide and shallow shore. In addition, the snack provides you with small treats and delicious ice cream.