The days are still short and the sky above Berlin's streets remains dim all day long? With such a winter atmosphere, the only thing that helps now is a trip into the nature of Berlin and Brandenburg. Especially at this time of the year there is a special atmosphere. When the sun rises just a little above the horizon, the peaceful, gently undulating landscape and the quiet lakes are bathed in an even twilight. In between: splendid castles, well-kept mansions and abandoned residences of the nobility. This mixture of quiet forests, rigid lakes and enchanted castles makes the Berlin countryside the perfect destination for your escape from the winter city.
So that you can set out on your hike right away, we have put together eight tours that take you through particularly picturesque countryside — sometimes on the city borders, sometimes in the middle of Berlin — to the most beautiful castles in Berlin and Brandenburg. Away from roads and cars, hoarfrost covers the meadows, gentle mist blows over the fields and the palace gardens are transformed into a real winter wonderland.
So that you can already enjoy your journey, all hikes start and end at train stations that you can easily reach with the Berlin S-Bahn or the regional train. If you take a warm train and glide through the winter landscape, you can already relax.
You begin your tour at the S-Bahn station Babelsberg. From there, it is a short walk through the city, before you enter the impressive castle park. The tour will take you past the main attractions of the complex and you have plenty of time to visit all the buildings extensively.The castle with its park was the prince residence of William of Prussia, later Kaiser Wilhelm I, and his wife Augusta. The large-scale plant with its hills is the result of the work of the garden artist Peter Joseph Lenné and Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. The plant has been supplemented over the years again and again to other buildings. Since 1990, the castle park together with the castles Sanssoucci, Glienicke and Pfaueninsel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The small castle on the banks of the Havel now houses a café where you can comfortably warm yourself up with a cocoa or tea while enjoying the beautiful view of the park. Afterwards the way leads you back to the station Babelsberg and from there you can travel homeward with the S-Bahn.
Your tour starts directly at the city highway, at the S-Bahn station Messe Nord / ICC. Quickly you leave behind the hectic bustle of the West Berlin and enter the peaceful Lietzenseepark. At the Uferweg you can already switch off and enjoy the view of the imposing townhouses on the other side of the lake.You only briefly crosses the Kaiserdamm and then you are on the represäntativen Schlossstraße with the classicistic Stülerbauten, a former officers' barracks. While you walk along the green strip, you already have the Schloss Charlottenburg in view.The path leads you through the impressive castle park and past its small buildings. After being charmed by the wintry landscape, you can warm yourself up in the café in the small orangery before continuing to Westend train station. From there it goes back home with the S-Bahn.
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On this hike an outstanding highlight awaits you. Your tour starts at the S-Bahn station Mühlenbeck-Mönchsmühle and leads you across wide fields into an extensive pine and beech forest. Although the highway is not far away, the big trees already dampen the noise.Your hike will take you over lonely forest paths to the mill pond. The small body of water is fed by the Tegeler Fließ and awaits you with a special view. On the southwestern shore stands the Dammsmühle Castle and towers over all the trees with its onion dome. The mansion is here in the middle of the forest and today is unfortunately abandoned. Despite the nailed windows and doors it still exudes its charm. Like a fairytale castle, the bright building is reflected in the water of the pond.After you have rounded the castle, you follow the trail along the banks of the much larger Mühlenbecker lake. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides and spoils you with a great panorama. At the end of the lake you follow the course of the Tegeler Fließ and slowly return to civilization in Mühlenbeck. Here you can also reward yourself in one of the restaurants or cafés for your winter hike, before returning to the S-Bahn station Mühlenbeck-Mönchsmühle.
You start this tour at the S-Bahn station Wannsee and start in the direction of Potsdam. Once you have crossed the bridge, the path leads you past the marinas and villas of the wealthy inhabitants to the Wannsee shore.After leaving the last buildings behind, you can enjoy the wintry panorama of the lake on the comfortable waterfront promenade. You gently stroll along the reeds and let your mind wander.You pass the ferry dock to the Peacock Island and then the view from the gate of St. Peter and Paul Church awaits you on the lake and the opposite shore. On this tour you have several nice options for a rest, because the way leads you past the blockhouse Nikolskoe, at the inn Moorlake and the Café Remise in the castle Glienicke.Take time to visit the castle, because the interior is equal to the special architecture in every way.Afterwards, the path leads over the Glienicke Bridge over to Potsdam. You follow the street through the suburb of Berlin and get back on the suburban train at the Potsdamer central station to start your journey home.
This tour starts at the S-Bahn station Teltow Stadt and from there it goes directly to the Teltow Canal. Your hike will take you along the idyllic and mutually green canal in the direction of Kleinmachnow.On the beautifully developed Uferweg you can leave the hectic Berlin behind you. Enjoy the peaceful peace and the winter cold.At Machnower See, you will find the "Neue Hakeburg", an impressive mansion from the early 20th century. The interior of the building can only be visited as part of a booked tour, but the open-air grounds are already worth a visit.From the lock Kleinmachnow you follow the Teltowkanal. After you have crossed the highway, the tour takes you through the Düppeler forest to the S-Bahn station Wannsee.
When it comes to Berlin castles, of course, the idyllic hunting lodge in Grunewald must not be missing. As the oldest of Berlin's palaces, it has earned a place of honor in this collection. It is also located in the largest forest in the city, which invites to long walks between its towering trees.Your hike starts at the S-Bahn station Heerstraße and leads directly into the Grunewald. Your first destination is the Drachenberg, which rewards you on its 99 meter high summit with a great all-round view of the forest and the city center of Berlin. If the sun stays close to the horizon in winter, it dips the panorama into a peaceful dim light.On leisurely forest trails, you will pass the Teufelsberg and the famous sand dune on your tour. In the former waterworks Teufelssee your fingers can thaw on a warm drink in the bistro of the Ökowerk. At the Grunewaldsee is finally the hunting lodge. The small castle was built under the rule of the Brandenburg Elector Jochim II, who had developed a special passion for hunting. During the hunting trips, the entire court society and the invited guests were accommodated in the castle. After numerous uses, there is now a museum in the castle. In addition to the museum you can also visit the castle café, which is only open on weekends in winter.After you've visited the hunting lodge in peace, the tour takes you past the shore of the dog's lake to the station Grunewald.
This hike starts at an unusual point and yet leads through the middle of nature. To do this, you get off the train at the S-Bahn station Ahrensfelde and wander past the huge high-rise housing estates of the GDR to the south. After a few minutes you leave the concrete giants behind and reach the Wuhletal.The Wuhle meanders peacefully between the blocks of flats Marzahn and Hellersdorf and has created a unique natural space here. Your way leads past Scottish highland cattle on past pasture land up to the large Ahrensfelder mountain. From the summit you have a great view of the building sins of the GDR and the flat surrounding countryside.After the descent you follow the Wuhletal through small groves and over natural meadows. At Wuhletal S-Bahn station, your way winds its way across the grounds of the Marzahn accident hospital to Schlosspark Biesdorf, the destination of your hike. In the lovingly restored and award-winning castle park you can stroll under old trees and forget the wintery and gray Berlin.After your hike, visit the art exhibition in Schloss Biesdorf. Before you go back to S-Bahn station Wuhletal, you can reward yourself with a hot drink and a piece of cake in the castle's own café. On your journey home with the S-Bahn you are still quite surprised to have discovered this natural area in the middle of Marzahn.
On this tour, you are already far behind when you arrive on the S46 Berlin. First, the houses are smaller, then it goes along woodland along out to Brandenburg. From the last stop in Königs Wusterhausen you start to the small castle.The castle Königs Wusterhausen and the adjoining outbuildings make a great castle ensemble, which impressed above all by its simplicity. After visiting the park and the castle, it is also worth visiting the museum and the castle café.Then you make your way out of Königs Wusterhausen. The path leads you past fields and through small villages. After you have crossed the nature reserve Höllengrund in Miersdorf, it goes from the train station Zeuthen back home.