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Purple blossom & summer walks – take the S-bahn to pretty heathlands

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Purple blossom & summer walks – take the S-bahn to pretty heathlands

Hiking Collection by S-Bahn Berlin

8

Tours

22:36 h

54.7 mi

1,200 ft

Expansive views, rolling hills, wild shrubs, and a violet carpet of blossoming heather – heathlands are the perfect place for a summer walk. If you're in Berlin, you can find wonderful heaths almost on your doorstep. In Berlin’s surroundings in Brandenburg, you can explore numerous heathlands. Once used as army training grounds, these heaths are now protected nature reserves. The nature here is quite spectacular, especially in late summer when the heath blossoms and bold shades of purple carpet the ground.

To help you get out and enjoy these areas, we showcase the eight most beautiful heathlands around Berlin in this Collection. Each has its own unique charm: near Luckenwalde you will find Europe's last remaining inland shifting sand dune; in the Döberitzer Heide, you'll find wild horses and bison; in the small Mittelheide, you'll discover the hidden 'Erpetal' valley; and in the Schönewer Heide, you'll encounter both red and fallow deer.

All eight heathlands are easy to reach with the S-Bahn or regional train. This means you can leave the city and get out into these beautiful heathlands any time without getting stuck in traffic.

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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Tours & Highlights

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    Easy
    01:34
    3.76 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Together with the Dammheide formed the middle heath until the 20th century, a closed and almost untouched forest landscape. At that time, almost exclusively oak trees grew here, which were …

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    6.52 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Döberitzer Heide was already used by the Prussian King Friedrich I. as military training ground. Since 1700, the heath was considered a military restricted area and was therefore not …

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  • Intermediate
    04:35
    11.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Schönower Heide was once a vast forest area. Since the 18th century, farmers from the surrounding towns and villages have been using the forest as grazing land and to …

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  • Intermediate
    02:15
    5.48 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Rieselfelder around Hobrechtsfelde are the southernmost foothills of the Schönow Heath. While in the north at the beginning of the 20th century, the imperial infantry marched on maneuvers, in …

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    5.87 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Saarmunder Heide in the south of Potsdam is today the only heathland in Brandenburg, which was not created by military use. The flat, sandy bottom has been used as a small airfield since the 1920s. In order to use the runways, the surrounding heathland was kept constantly short and so the original vegetation could be preserved. The airfield is now used only by sports aviators and you can explore the adjacent heath on a beautiful circular route.

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    7.69 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Strictly speaking, the meadows on the Köppchensee are not heathland, but a hike over the hilly meadows is still a nice experience. If you then still over the dry sand …

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    7.93 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    South of Berlin you will find a unique landscape phenomenon near Luckenwalde - the Luckenwalder Wanderdüne. The large sand dune is one of the last inland dunes in Europe and …

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    6.27 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the middle of Grunewald is the small Dachsheide. At the beginning of the 1950s, the American occupying power had decided to set up an ammunition depot here in the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    54.7 mi
  • Duration
    22:36 h
  • Elevation
    1,200 ft

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Purple blossom & summer walks – take the S-bahn to pretty heathlands