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The blue side of the capital – discover Berlin's waterways

Tegeler Fließ © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The blue side of the capital – discover Berlin's waterways

Hiking Collection by visitBerlin

11

Tours

42:42 h

127 mi

2,700 ft

Berlin is a water city in the truest sense of the word. Almost 7% of the German capital’s total area is covered with water – a huge 59 km² (36 mi²). More than 900 bridges cross the waterways, whilst in other places, a ferry takes you to the otherside of the other bank dry–footed.

Small and large waterways, lakes, ponds and pools make up Berlin’s blue landscapese. Many are protected areas where rare flora and fauna thrive undistrubed. You’ll also have endless opportunities to get into the water yourself. Many of the big lakes have swim spots and boat rentals.

In this Collection, we’ve put together 11 delightful walks for you to get to know all aspects of the water city. We'll take you to the wet meadows in the Tegeler Fließ, on a circular hike around the Großer Müggelsee, to renaturalised landscapes, along the Havel or to the Griebnitzgraben. On other Tours, you follow the Dahme river lake or the narrow Teltow canal. You also walk through old fishing or farming villages, urban residential areas, suburbs of villas and water sport bases.

See for yourself; lace up your shoes and let yourself be inspired by Berlin's blue side.

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    Havelhöhenweg – hikes along Berlin's waterways

    Intermediate
    03:03
    8.87 mi
    2.9 mph
    500 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Havelhöhenweg always works! That's what you hear from Berliners when they want to get out into the countryside but don't want to travel far. The affection for the large, green forest on the western outskirts of the city always resonates. Not only can you hike back and forth on the many paths and

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  • Intermediate
    01:50
    5.57 mi
    3.0 mph
    100 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    One of the most beautiful and impressive natural landscapes in Berlin spreads out between Lake Tegel and the village of Lübars: the Tegeler Fliess. Urstromtalen, lowlands and moors were formed by the last ice age, which today form an attractive and surprising local recreation area. The animal and plant

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  • Easy
    01:58
    5.88 mi
    3.0 mph
    175 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Kleiner Wannsee, Pohlesee, Stölpchensee and Griebnitzsee are the connection between Großer Wannsee and Glienicker See with the bridge of the same name. The narrow lakes, connected by canals, line up like a string of pearls. This connection was created - or better: expanded - a good hundred years ago

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  • Difficult
    06:25
    19.4 mi
    3.0 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 30-kilometer hike takes you through a surprisingly diverse landscape. It is often still characterized by rural life, which takes place around the small village churches. Despite its length, the trail is pleasant and largely avoids roads and traffic. But you can always find alternative routes or bus

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    11.5 mi
    3.0 mph
    200 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Wuhletalweg runs through Marzahn-Hellersdorf like a green ribbon. It is number 14 of the 20 main green paths in Berlin and definitely one of the most beautiful. The green main paths link the parks of residential areas with local recreation opportunities and landscapes. These paths are a wonderful

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  • Difficult
    06:45
    20.6 mi
    3.1 mph
    325 ft
    275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The beginning of the Barnim Village Trail is anything but rural. Rather, the path starts at Tegeler Hafen with its modern architecture and a wide view from the spacious promenade to the shimmering Lake Tegel. But you quickly dive into one of the most beautiful and impressive natural landscapes in Berlin

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    11.2 mi
    3.0 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The largest lake in the capital spreads out in the south-east of Berlin: the Great Müggelsee. It is four and a half kilometers long, two and a half kilometers wide and perfect for swimming and paddling. And of course for hiking, because with its beautiful riverside paths, the idyllic beer gardens and

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    7.26 mi
    3.0 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Idyllic pond landscapes with perfect habitats for rare animals and plants as well as surprising tranquility can be found in north-east Berlin. The Karow ponds and the former sewage treatment fields of Hobrechtsfelde are green oases for stressed-out city dwellers and lure with their water-rich forest

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    12.8 mi
    3.0 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On this beautiful hike you accompany the Dahme, starting from its confluence with the Spree, a good 20 kilometers upstream. You can expect a beautiful and exciting mix of paths near the banks, forest routes and of course - we are in Berlin - very varied sections through urban areas. The Dahmeweg is number

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  • Intermediate
    04:59
    15.2 mi
    3.0 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At the beginning of the 20th century, it only took about six years to connect the Dahme with the Potsdam Havel through the construction of the Teltow Canal. This made the southern bypass of Berlin possible for shipping. It was quickly determined that the canal was too narrow for the volume of ships

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    8.98 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The south-east of Berlin is an area rich in forests and bodies of water and is therefore highly valued by hikers and other outdoor fans. Easily accessible by public transport, a beautiful and green local recreation area has developed here. The Schmöckwitzer Werder, surrounded by several lakes, is particularly

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    127 mi
  • Duration
    42:42 h
  • Elevation
    2,700 ft

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