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 ten 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 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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In the far south-east, surrounded by the Seddinsee, Krossinsee, Zeuthener See and the Großer See is the Schmöckwitzer Werder peninsula. The island is almost completely covered by pine forest; the original mixed forest of pine, beech and birch has only been preserved on the shore. While in summer many small bathing spots attract especially water lovers, extensive hikes around the island and in the vast forest areas are worthwhile in late summer and autumn.
A wide lake landscape extends south of Potsdam. The largest lake is the Schwielowsee, which is visited by cyclists all year round with its paved circular path. On the other hand, it is a little quieter in the forests on its east bank. There wooded slopes rise up to the two Lienewitz lakes. From the Ferch-Lienewitz train station you can explore the two lakes and the vast beech and pine forests extensively.
The Briesetal is a unique natural area. The river flows slowly through the forest, creating a wide swamp area. Above all, alders thrive in the boggy soil, and they are perfectly adapted to extremely moist soils. But not only the paths on the banks of the Briese invite you to go on a hiking tour. The surrounding forests are also criss-crossed by countless hiking and forest trails.
North of Bernau you will find the Ice Age landscape of the Biesenthal basin. The glaciers of the last Ice Age formed a small-scale landscape of hills and valleys here. Narrow brooks babble through gullies, wide swamp-like lowlands and dense mixed forests alternate. In between the large Hellsee and several small forest lakes. The Biesentahler Becker is now under nature protection and is a paradise for hikers.