The blue side of the capital – discover Berlin's waterways
Tegeler Fließ © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
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.
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…
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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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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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