With many parks and forests, Berlin is known for its abundance of green spaces. However, outside of the German capital, the countryside becomes even greener. With the S-Bahn, you can easily travel into Berlin’s green surroundings without a car. We recommend not leaving the train until, “Final stop, please leave the train here,” sounds. On the edge of the city, you only have to walk a few steps to reach fragrant pine forests, colourful meadows, babbling brooks, and glistening lakes surrounded by woodland, a specialty in Brandeburg.
We take you on nine exploratory hikes on the outskirts of Berlin, which are perfect for a summer weekend trip. You can leave the city in every direction with the S-Bahn with connections to Potsdam, Strausberg, Bernau, Teltow Stadt, Erkner, Oranienburg, and sometimes directly into green countryside. All of the hikes help you to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. You’ll be surprised by the varied nature just beyond Berlin’s city boundary.
As walking in summer can be a sweaty task, we’ve included stops at a wild swimming lake on almost every route so don’t forget your swimsuit. Although, if you forget to pack your bikini or swimming trunks, you can still take a dip. Almost all lakes in Brandenburg have an area for nude bathing too.
To the west, line S7 even takes you to Potsdam, the Brandenburg capital. From Potsdam Central Station you can take a nice hike along the Havel and explore the impressive Babelsberg Palace Park. A refreshing stop is of course a dip in the deep lake in the Babelsberg lido.You can easily reach Potsdam Central Station on line S7, which takes you to the starting point of your hike every 10 minutes. From here you walk north along the banks of the Havel. You also pass the mouth of the Nuthe, which flows here into the Havel.After you have crossed under the wide road bridge of Nuthestrasse, Babelsberg Palace Park is waiting for you. Here you can calmly admire the wonderful park and the exciting buildings. If you want, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in the Little Castle.After your round through the park, you hike the same way back to Potsdam Central Station - and if the weather is warm enough, you make a stopover in the lido.
The Wannsee S-Bahn station of the same name is located on the banks of the large Wannsee, 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 glacial channel from the last ice age and are surrounded on all sides by dense forest. On the first two lakes of the tour - the Schlachtensee and the Krummen Lanke - you will find many smaller and larger swimming areas, some even family-friendly with a little sandy beach.The Wannsee S-Bahn station is served by the S1 every 20 minutes and by the S7 every 10 minutes. You leave the train station and first walk along magnificent Wilhelminian style villas. On the so-called Spinnerbrücke you cross the Avus Autobahn and shortly after crossing the S-Bahn tracks, it goes into the Grunewald.Right at the start, the hiking trail leads you along the long north shore of the Schlachtensee. At the northeastern point of the lake there is also the first stop for your hike: the Fischerhütte. From here it is only a few meters through the forest to Krummen Lanke, the next lake on your tour.Here, too, you can stroll along the north-west bank of the elongated lake. The north bank of the Krummen Lanke and the Grunewaldsee are connected by the narrow Fenngraben. The sluggish creek meanders through a swampy forest area and the hiking trail leads you directly along the course of the stream.On the banks of Lake Grunewald, the venerable Forsthaus Paulsborn awaits you with its cozy café-restaurant. Now is the perfect time to warm up, especially on cool days. Then you hike along the lake to the hunting lodge Grunewald, where you can visit the museum or the castle café.The wide footpath leads you through the forest along the Grunewald and finally you reach the Grunewald S-Bahn station. From here you can take the S7 line back home every 10 minutes.
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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 particularly worthwhile to travel east to the final stop at Strausberg Nord. From here you can roam the vast forests around the picturesque Straussee. Our tour takes you almost completely around the lake - if that is too long for you, you can shorten it and take the ferry across the lake halfway. On the west bank of the Straussee, along which we lead you, you will find countless bathing spots - sometimes small and hidden, sometimes open and spacious.The S5 line takes you to your starting point, Strausberg Nord station, every 20 minutes. You leave the station and walk along Wilkendorfer Weg until you get to the Roter Hof children's farm. It is located directly on the shore of the small peat lake. You hike along the shore and after a short section of forest you stand at the impressive Straussee.On the tree-lined bank you walk further south. From the way you have a wonderful view over the lake and the Strausberg opposite. After four and a half kilometers you are standing at the pier of the F39 ferry, which takes you directly from here to Strausberg. If you like, you can shorten it here.Otherwise our hike will take you further along the lake shore. You circle the lake at its narrow southern tip and then stroll north along the waterfront. After you have passed the historic lido, follow the route to the right to Strausberg Stadt train station. Then take the S5 line back to Berlin.
It is not far from Erkner train station, the final stop on line S3, to the picturesque Löcknitztal valley. Here the quiet Löcknitz winds through several natural forest areas in several arms. Robust sheep live on the small meadows all year round and work here as landscape carers. Our hike takes you from the train station through the Löcknitztal to Grünheide and along three lakes back to Erkner. At Werlsee - the first and largest of the three lakes - you can also stop for a swim.Erkner station is served by the S3 S-Bahn line every 20 minutes. It goes a bit through the city, after crossing the S-Bahn you meet the Löcknitz for the first time. On the road bridge it goes over the river and immediately afterwards into the rustic 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 hiking trail runs close to the shore and finally over a few meters wide headland between Wupatzsee and Löcknitz. On a high wooden bridge you cross the river, which is called Neue Löcknitz here. This section of the river has been straightened so that ships can navigate it better.On the other bank, the route leads you through the forest to the winding course of the Old Löcknitz, which flows peacefully through the forest. You will also cross Alte Löcknitz. On a wide but hardly used forest path you hike further towards Grünheide. The hiking trail diverts past a few weekend houses and then runs under the motorway bridge. Thanks to the soundproof walls, you hardly notice anything of the cars here.From this point you hike pretty close along the banks of the Alte Löcknitz, which winds through the forest in numerous bends and curves. After a while the trail crosses a road. Follow this road north to Grünheide. Here you can take a comfortable break in the Heydewirt café-restaurant.It is only a few steps from the Heydewirt to the swimming area on the Werlsee. Then you hike through Grünheide and on the banks of the Neue Löcknitz to Heidereutersee and Wupatzsee. After strolling along the bank here, the path leads you back to Erkner station.
The town of Bernau with its historic old town is the final stop of line S2. From here, our hike takes you through the old town and then across fields and small forest to the Schönower Heide nature reserve. Numerous deer and mouflon live on the renatured and fenced-off military training area without human influence. Due to their pasture behavior, the special landscape can be preserved naturally.By the way, for bathing mermaids and water men, we also built a four-kilometer detour to the bathing beach on Lake Gorin - so don't forget your swimming trunks.The S-Bahn line S2 takes you to Erkner station every 20 minutes. Here you make a round through the city park, which stretches once around the medieval city wall. If you like, you can of course stroll through the old town instead.From the Mühlentor, the northern city gate, you first follow the Mühlenstraße. After crossing the highway, you leave the road and hike along fields and finally into a sparse forest.The forest path leads you directly to the Schönower Heide nature reserve. On a signposted hiking trail you can hike around the fenced wilderness zone. There are numerous information signs and viewpoints along the way.After your round around the Schönower Heide you either follow our tour on a detour to the Gorinsee or you stroll straight on to the Zepernick S-Bahn station. From here, line S2 takes you back to Berlin.
If you take the S-Bahn line S1 north to the final stop, you will reach the tranquil Oranienburg. On our long tour, your destination is not the famous castle, but the enchanted Briesetal. On quiet forest trails you hike to the river valley and then drive from the S-Bahn station Borgsdorf back to Berlin. And because a swim stop is simply part of a summer hike, we have planned two options for you: right at the beginning at Lehnitzsee and shortly before the end at Briesesee.Oranienburg S-Bahn station is served by line S1 every 20 minutes. From here you hike a little along Bernauer Straße until a hiking trail branches off to the shore of Lake Lehnitz. The hiking trail takes you north around the lake and along the bank for a further stretch. You leave Lehnitzsee on the edge of a housing estate.Shortly afterwards you enter a forest of tall pine, oak and beech trees. Our route winds 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 from the last ice age. In many places the water seems to stand still and bare trees rise from the broad river bed - a mystical jungle landscape. You follow the hiking path along the Briese and after a dangling through the forest you reach the S-Bahn station Borgsdorf.From here, line S1 takes 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.