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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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.