Berlin is known as being one of the greenest capitals in Europe. But on the outskirts, it is even greener: Wide fields, dense forests, quiet river valleys and picturesque lake landscapes surround the German capital. And you don't even need a car to discover it — the S-Bahn will take you out and bring you safely back in. So, what are you waiting for? Jump on the S-Bahn and just ride until you hear the famous announcement, "End of the line, we ask all passengers to leave the train".
So you discover the best of Berlin's surrounding areas, e have selected nine Tours for you. Each Tours starting point is located starting points at the last stations of Berlin's various S-Bahn lines. The S1 will take you to Wannsee, the S7 to Schlosspark Babelsberg, the S3 to explore the Löcknitztal and the S2 to hike in the Schönower Heide.
Just browse through our hikes and let yourself be inspired for your next weekend excursion. And once you've chosen your favorite, all you have to do is jump on the S-Bahn.
To the west, the S7 line will take you as far as Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg. From Potsdam Central Station, you can take a beautiful hike along the Havel and explore the impressive Schlosspark Babelsberg.Potsdam Central Station can be easily reached with the S7 line, which will take you every 10 minutes to the starting point of your hike. From here you walk along the banks of the river Havel in a northerly direction. You also pass the mouth of the Nuthe, which flows here in the Havel.After you have crossed under the wide road bridge of the Nuthestrasse, the Schlosspark Babelsberg awaits you. Here you can calmly admire the magnificent park and the exciting buildings. If you want, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in the Small Castle.After your round through the park you walk the same way back to Potsdam central station.
Directly on the shores of the large Wannsee is the same-named Wannsee station, the southern terminus of the S-Bahn line S1. Instead of a walk on the Wannsee, we have prepared a tour along the Grunewaldseenkette - Schlachtensee, Krumme Lanke, Grunewaldsee and Hundekehlsee. The four lakes are located along a glacier channel of the last ice age and are surrounded on all sides by dense forest.The S-Bahn station Wannsee is approached every 20 minutes from the S1 and every 10 minutes from the S7. You leave the station and walk along the magnificent Gründerzeit villas. On the so-called spinner bridge you cross the Avus motorway and shortly after crossing the suburban train tracks, you enter the Grunewald.Right at the beginning of the trail leads you along the long north shore of the Battle Lake. At the northeasternmost point of the lake is also the first rest stop of your hike: the fisherman's hut. From here it is only a few meters through the forest to Krummen Lanke, the nearest lake on your tour.Here you can also walk along the north-west bank of the long lake. The northern shores of Krummen Lanke and Grunewaldsee are connected by the narrow Fenngraben. The lazy stream meanders through a marshy forest area and the trail leads you right along the course of the stream.On the shores of Grunewaldsee, the venerable Forsthaus Paulsborn awaits you with its cozy café-restaurant. Especially on cool days is now the perfect time to warm up. Then you walk along the shore of the lake to the hunting lodge Grunewald, where you can visit the museum or the castle café.The wide promenade leads you through the forest along the Grunewald and finally you reach the S-Bahn station Grunewald. From here it goes back every 10 minutes with the S7 line back home.
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Schönefeld Airport on the southern outskirts of Berlin is the last stop of the S-Bahn lines S9 and S45. From here you can not only fly on vacation, but also explore the vast fields and meadows between Rudow and Schoenefeld. Especially beautiful is the grassy Schuttberg Dorfblick, because from here you have a great view to the TV tower.Every 20 minutes take the lines S9 and S45 to the station Schönefeld. You leave the station to the north and first cross the tiny village center of Schönefeld. Shortly after, it goes out on wide fields and meadows.Partly living today on the old pastures Scottish highland cattle and rugged Pomeranian country sheep, who take care of the care of the open landscape. From the trail you can watch the peaceful animals.Then it goes up to the village view. Toward the south you can see the large area of the airport BER and wide, open fields to the horizon. In the north, on the other hand, you can see the high-rise buildings of Gropiusstadt and, far beyond, the silhouette of the TV tower.From the village view, it goes in a wide round over the fields and meadows back to the S-Bahn station Schönefeld.
With the S5 line it is especially worthwhile driving east to the last stop Strausberg Nord. From here you can roam the vast forests around the picturesque Straussee. Our tour will take you almost completely around the lake - but if that's too long for you then you can shorten it and take the ferry across the lake halfway through the route.Every 20 minutes, the S5 line will take you to your starting point, Strausberg Nord station. You leave the station and walk along the Wilkendorfer Weg until you reach the Roter Hof Children's Farm. It is located directly on the shore of the small peat pond. Along the shore you continue hiking and after a short section of forest you stand by the impressive Straussee.On the tree-lined shore, you continue to hike south. From the path you have a magnificent view over the lake and on the opposite Strausberg. After four and a half kilometers, you will be standing at the F39 ferry, which will take you directly from there to Strausberg. If you like, you can abbreviate here.Otherwise, our hike will continue along the lakeshore. You circle the lake at its narrow southern tip and then stroll north along the waterfront. After passing the historic lido, follow the route to the right until the Strausberg Stadt train station. With the line S5 it goes back to Berlin.
From the train station Erkner, the last stop of the line S3, it is not far to the picturesque Löcknitztal. Here, the quiet Löcknitz winds in several arms through a natural forest area. All year round, robust sheep live on the small meadow meadows and operate as landscape keepers. Our hike will take you from the station through the Löcknitztal valley to Grünheide and over the Heidereutersee back to Erkner.The station Erkner is approached every 20 minutes from the S-Bahn line S3. A piece of it goes through the city, after crossing the S-Bahn you will meet for the first time on the Löcknitz. On the road bridge it goes over the river and directly after it into the quaint forest. A narrow path leads you through the forest and a little later you are back on the bank of the river.The very narrow trail runs along the shore along and finally over a few meters wide headland between Wupatzsee and Löcknitz. On a high wooden bridge you cross the river, which is called here Neue Löcknitz. This section of the river has been straightened so that ships can better drive on it.On the other bank, the route leads you through the forest to the winding course of the Alte Löcknitz, which flows here peacefully through the forest. The old Löcknitz is crossed by you. On a wide, but hardly used forest road you hike on in the direction of Grünheide. The trail makes a dangling past some weekend cottages and then passes under the highway bridge. Thanks to the soundproof walls you will hardly get any of the cars here.From this point you walk again pretty close to the banks of the Alte Löcknitz, which meanders in numerous bends and bends through the forest. After a while, the trail crosses a road. Follow this road north to Grünheide. Here you can take a comfortable break in Café-Restaurant Heydewirt.Then you hike through Grünheide and on the banks of the New Löcknitz to Heidereutersee and Wupatzsee. After you have strolled along the shore, the path leads you back to the Erkner train station.
The town of Bernau with its historic old town is the last stop of the S2 line. From here, our hike leads you through the old town and then over fields and small forest to the nature reserve Schönower Heide. On the renaturated and fenced training area live today many deer and mouflon without human influence. Through their pasture behavior here the special landscape can be obtained naturally.Every 20 minutes, the S-Bahn line S2 will take you to Erkner station. Here you can make a tour through the city park, which once draws around the medieval city wall. If you like, you can of course also stroll through the old town.From Mühlentor, the northern city gate, you first follow Mühlenstraße. After crossing the highway, you leave the road and walk along fields and finally into a sparse forest.The forest path leads you directly to the nature reserve Schönower Heide. On a signposted trail, you can once wander around the fenced wilderness area. There are numerous information signs and viewpoints along the way.After your round around the Schönower Heide you follow our tour to the S-Bahn station Zepernick. From here, the S2 line will take you back to Berlin.
If you take the S-Bahn S1 northbound to the final stop, you will reach the tranquil Oranienburg. On our long tour, but not the famous castle is your goal, but the enchanted Briesetal. On quiet forest trails, you hike to the river valley and then drive back to Berlin from the Borgsdorf S-Bahn station.The Oranienburg S-Bahn station is served by the S1 line every 20 minutes. From here you first walk along the Bernauer Straße until a hiking trail branches off to the shore of Lake Lehnitz. The trail leads north around the lake and further along the shore. On the edge of a housing development you leave the Lehnitzsee.Shortly afterwards you enter a forest of tall pine, oak and beech trees. Our route meanders through the forest until you reach the enchanted Briesetal.The breeze is a very sluggish river that flows through the forest in a meltwater channel of the last ice age. In many places, the water seems to stand still and bare trees rise from the broad riverbed - a mystical jungle landscape. You follow the trail along the Briese and after a dangling through the forest you reach the S-Bahn station Borgsdorf.From here the S1 line brings you back to Berlin.
From the S-Bahn station Teltow Stadt, the last stop of the lines S25 and S26, our hike takes you on the shore of the Teltow Canal back to Berlin. The trail runs along the old track of the towpath, which used to pull the barges through the canal. From the shore you have always beautiful views of the water and the renatured banks.Every 20 minutes, the S-Bahn lines S25 and S26 take you to the starting point of your hike. After a short stretch of road, you will reach the shore of the Teltow Canal. This forms here the wet border between Berlin and Brandenburg and was formerly an extremely important connection route from Berlin to Potsdam. Today, cargo ships and barges are still operating here, albeit much less than they were opening at the beginning of the 20th century.Since the canal was a border area at the time of the German division, you can still discover all sorts of remnants of the border fortifications here today. Various signs provide more information for you. Shortly after crossing the border between Brandenburg and Berlin you change to the shore.From the shore path, you now have a good view of the Heizkraftwerk Lichterfelde, which towers on the opposite side of the canal. You continue along the Teltow Canal until you reach the Bäkestraße. Here it goes over the canal and on to the S-Bahn station Lichterfelde Ost. With the lines S25 and S26 you can then drive back to Berlin.
The station Spandau is the last stop of the S-Bahn lines S3 and S9. From here you can hike along the Havel towards the south, until you reach the northernmost foothills of Grunewald. On our short tour you also cross the nature reserve Tiefwerder Wiesen and enjoy the view of the Havel from the peninsula Pichelswerder.Every 10 minutes, the S-Bahn lines S3 and S9 take you to the Spandau train station. From here you follow the road Stabholzgarten past the impressive town hall Spandau and a little later you are standing on the Havel shore. Directly above you is a wide railway bridge over the river, which is used by both S-Bahn trains and long-distance trains. You cross under the railway bridge and stroll south along the waterfront.As you walk along the shore, you enjoy the view of the river and the passing boats and ships. Although the path leads past residential buildings, it is still pleasantly quiet here. At the Schulenburg bridge you cross the Havel. You follow the road for a short distance until our route leads you further south towards Tiefwerder Wiesen.First, it goes through a quiet residential area, but soon after our tour takes you on trails and boardwalks over the wetlands of Tiefwerder meadows. Here you can also observe numerous birds.After you have briefly crossed the army road, you can expect comfortable forest roads on the peninsula Pichelswerder. You hike here to the southernmost point, where you can expect a magnificent view of the Havel and the Grunewald.From Pichelswerder it goes on to the S-Bahn station Pichelsberg. Here you take the S-Bahn line S3 or S9 and start your return journey.