Fall — the time of year when the sun lets you see its softer side, when morning mists cover meadows and lakes like a blanket, and the leaves turn a beautiful golden brown. Shortly before the temperature plummets, it's the perfect time to head outside — to jump on the S-Bahn and head into the countryside. At this time of year, after all, what could be better than a gentle stroll through the light-flooded forests of Berlin and Brandenburg? The swimmers have all but abandoned the lakes — and you can once again enjoy the outdoors all to yourself.
We have selected eight hikes in the most beautiful forests of Berlin and Brandenburg. Between a short walk in the Plänterwald and a long day trek through the Biesenthal basin, there is something for everyone. On our Tours, the experience of nature is clearly in the foreground: peaceful forests, narrow valleys and quiet streams are just waiting to be discovered while you roam through the landscape in that beautiful September hue.
So that you don't get stuck in traffic on your way to the Tours, all walks can be easily reached by the Berlin S-Bahn or the regional train. The trains take you comfortably to your hiking destinations and back home.
In the southeast, surrounded by the Seddinsee, Krossinsee, Zeuthener See and the large lake is the peninsula Schmöckwitzer Werder. The island is almost completely covered in pine forest, only on the bank has preserved the original mixed forest of pine, beech and birch. While in the summer many small bathing places attract especially water lovers, in the late summer and in the autumn extensive hikes around the island and in the wide forest areas are worthwhile.The starting point of your tour is the Eichwalde S-Bahn station, which is served by the S46 S-Bahn every 20 minutes. From there it goes around the edge of the woods around Eichwalde and further to the center of Schmöckwitz. Here you cross the Schmöckwitz bridge and you are already on the peninsula. Shortly after the bridge, a gravel road branches off to the right to the small Besmer shipyard and the beach. If it's still warm enough, you can of course jump in the water again, otherwise you just enjoy the view over the lake and over to Zeuthen. The hiking trail then leads you past a forest camping site and finally to the shore of Lake Zeuthen. You follow the enchanted riverside path to the housing estate Rauchfangswerder. Directly on the road there is also a small restaurant, which opens only sporadically. Opposite the tiny cemetery, a forest path branches off the road. You follow the path between narrow, tall pine trees to the eastern shore of the peninsula. Here is another swimming area and a small playground. Along the shore you walk comfortably north and finally back to Eichwalde train station.
South of Potsdam stretches a wide lake landscape. The largest lake is the Schwielowsee, which is visited by cyclists throughout the year with its paved circular route. On the other hand, it is a little quieter in the woods on its eastern shore. There, wooded slopes rise up to the two Lienewitz lakes. From the train station Ferch-Lienewitz you can explore the two lakes and the vast beech and pine forests extensively.The starting point of your hike is the Ferch-Lienewitz train station, which is served by the regional train RB22 from Potsdam and the airport Schönefeld every hour. The small station is in the middle of the forest and so it is only a few steps to nature. First, you hike up to the Wietkiekenberg. The name is here program, because on the mountain is a lookout tower. From the 30 meter high viewing platform you have a spectacular view over the Schwielowsee, Potsdam and even to the Berlin TV tower. After enjoying the view, head down towards Ferch. Several cafes and restaurants invite you to take a break in this small excursion destination. Alternatively, you can hike directly through the forest and opt for one of the picnic areas between the old pine trees. The trail runs above the shore road and so you enjoy your peace here. After circling the campsite, your path bends to the right and leads you in a loop through the forest to the Lienewitz lakes. If you have strolled along both lakes, it is only a short distance to Ferch-Lienewitz train station.
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The Briesetal is a unique natural area. The river flows lazily through the forest, creating a wide swamp area. In the marshy soil thrive especially alders, which have adjusted perfectly to extremely humid soils. But not only the paths on the banks of the Briese invite you to a hiking tour. The surrounding forests are also crossed by countless hiking and forest trails. North of the breeze is a large pine forest, in places broken by ancient beeches. The forest is now used only sporadically and so here again a natural mixed forest. Between the bare trunks of the pines grow untouched small beeches, birches and oaks.Take the S-Bahn line 1 to Borgsdorf station. You leave the station and follow the Friedensallee in the direction of the forest. After just a few hundred meters, the road ends and turns into a forest road. On the wide path you walk comfortably along the towering trees. Especially in late summer and autumn, you will hardly find any other hikers on the quiet hiking trails. In beautiful silence you follow the paths through the forest. Above you, you only hear the soft rustling of the leaves. In a big round you walk on to the breeze. This is where the landscape changes. On the shore and also in the middle of lazy water are alders and birches, no pine is visible anymore. You follow the path along the shore and enjoy the special atmosphere. After you have passed the small Briesesee, you walk across a boardwalk and through the forest back to Borgsdorf S-Bahn station.
Around the Müggelsee in the east of the city are some of the largest forest areas in the Berlin urban area. While most visitors stroll along the shores of the lake or enjoy the view of the Müggelturm tower, it is also worth taking a detour to the vast pine forests north of the Müggelsee. Especially quiet and secluded here presents the Rahnsdorfer forest. On wide forest trails you walk between towering pines and the sun conjures up beautiful shadow patterns on the ground. If you're lucky, the Tram 87 will twitch past you. The drives for over 100 years from Rahnsdorf right through the forest to Woltersdorf. On the route nostalgic trams from the 1950s and 1960s - a great sight.In 10-minute intervals, you take the S-Bahn line 3 to the Rahnsdorf train station, the starting point of your hike. You leave the station and walk north on the Alter Fischerweg until a path branches off halfway into the forest. Shortly thereafter it goes along the edge of the housing estate Fichtenau and finally on wide paths through the spicy fragrant pine forest. Especially on the last warm days you can sniff again here in the late summer. Walking parallel to the tram tracks you continue through the forest. On your way you also pass the Wilhelmshagen-Woltersdorfer Dünenzug, which stands today with its special landscape under nature protection. Soon you will reach the shore of the Flakensee. Here you follow the Uferweg southwards to the S-Bahn station Erkner. With the S-Bahn line 3 it goes back home.
The Grunewald is probably the most famous forest in Berlin. Less known, however, is its northernmost foothills. Directly above the Heerstraße you will find the enchanted Schanzenwald and the Murellenschlucht. In the quiet forest, framed between S-Bahn tracks and the Olympic Stadium, there was a military training area since the 1840s. The area closed to civilian use was therefore able to develop freely and today has an incredible biodiversity. It was not until the late 1990s that the training ground was dismantled and returned to the public as a green space. On a hike in the small area you will discover a large variety of landforms, animals and plants.The starting point of your tour is the S-Bahn station Pichelsberg, which you can reach with the S-Bahn lines S3 and S9. From there you walk past some sports fields directly to the ski jump forest. Take some time to explore the Murellenschlucht, the old shooting range and the Fließwiesengraben on your short tour. At the Murellenberg you will come across a special feature of the Schanzenwald. Here are over 100 traffic mirrors, which were installed by the artist Patricia Pisani. The mirrors are reminiscent of the fact that the Wehrmacht executed deserters and refusers during the Second World War in Schanzenwald. The exact location can no longer be found today, so the mirrors are spread over a larger area. After your round through the forest, it goes back to the S-Bahn station Pichelsberg.
North of Bernau you will find the glacial landscape of the Biesenthal Basin. The glaciers of the last ice age have formed a small-scale hill and valley landscape here. Narrow streams trickle through gullies, wide swampy lowlands and dense mixed forests alternate. In between the large Hellsee and several small forest lakes. The Biesentahler Becker is today under nature protection and is a paradise for hikers.With the regional express RE 3 you drive from Berlin Ostkreuz or Berlin-Lichtenberg directly to the station Biesenthal. At the edge of the village, it's a leisurely walk through a small forest to the south, until you reach the Dewinsee. Shortly thereafter, you will meet the Rüdnitzer Chausse. Here you turn left and follow the road through the housing development Wullwinkel. Directly after leaving the village, a forest path branches off to the right from the road. Through the quiet forest you hike on to the village Lobetal. If you like, you can have a break here with coffee and cake at the tourist meeting in the old smithy before you move on. The trail then follows you along the edge of an open wet meadow and continues north towards Hellsee. The path winds snugly through natural mixed forest. On the shores of Lake Hellsee, you will pass several holiday bungalows before entering the narrow valley of the Hellmühler Fließ. On both sides of the stream rise high, wooded slopes - very untypical landscape for Brandenburg. You wander along the shore until the river flows into the marshes of the Biesenthal Basin. On a bridge you cross the marsh meadows and then wander through woodland and pasture landscape back to Biesenthal station.
In the Reinickendorf forest you can discover a very special place. At the top of Ehrenpfortenberg, at 69 meters the highest natural mountain of Reinickendorf, stands a summit cross. For people from Bavaria or Austria probably more to smile, but the Berliners are proud of their small mountains. The Ehrenpfortenberg rises quite inconspicuously from the surrounding forest area and is also densely overgrown with trees. Nevertheless, a real Berlin curiosity, you should pay a visit. Incidentally, a trip to the summit cross can be perfectly combined with a round trip through the Reinickendorf forest.Take the S-Bahn S1 line every 10 minutes to Hermsdorf train station. From here you walk through a residential area of single-family homes, but already at the end of the road awaits you the Reinickendorfer forest. After a short time you reach the animal enclosure Hermsdorf. Wild boar, fallow deer and red deer live here in the middle of the forest in a large enclosure. The animals are quite friendly and can be watched well. Then you hike on forest trails to the Ehrenpfortenberg, the highest point of your hike. Satisfied, you are standing at the summit cross. Here you will also learn all about the unusual name of the mountain on an information board. On a big round you walk through the forest and back to the game reserve. You say goodbye to the wild boars and follow the way back to the S-Bahn station Hermsdorf.
In the middle of the city and yet completely in the nature - the Plänterwald lures with its natural forest paths sometimes after work to a small forest walk. Even if you hardly expect it on your tour: Despite its natural character, the Plänterwald is used for forestry. In 1760 it was created as a so-called 'plenter forest'. In a 'Plenterwald' is thinned by size and not by age. While in the pine monocultures in the surroundings of Brandenburg entire deforestations are cut down and reforested, the forest ranger in the Treptower Plänterwald only drops single trees. As a result, trees of different ages, sizes and species grow right next to each other. On a tour through the Plänterwald you can explore this special mixed forest structure exactly.The starting point of your hike is the S-Bahn station Treptower Park, which is very regularly served by the S-Bahn lines S8, S9, S41 and S42. You leave the station in the direction of Treptower Park and cross the Puschkinallee at the traffic light. On the other side, you stroll along the edge of a wide meadow through the park and past the Soviet War Memorial to the carp pond. You follow the path around the pond and cross the Puschkinallee again. You walk through the rose garden to the banks of the Spree, where the restaurant ship Klipper or the excursion restaurant Zenner invite you for a break. Then it goes into the Plänterwald. The path leads you for a short distance along the fence of the dilapidated Spree Park and then further into the Plänterwald. On cozy forest paths you walk along oaks, beeches and pines. The warm sun of the Indian summer shines through the leaves, which are already turning very delicate yellow and red. After you have crossed the forest, it is only a few steps to the S-Bahn station Baumschulenweg. Here take the S-Bahn lines S8, S9, S45 and S46.