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Discover how the Ice Age shaped Berlin with the S-Bahn

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Discover how the Ice Age shaped Berlin with the S-Bahn

Hiking Collection by S-Bahn Berlin

7

Tours

25:00 h

61.1 mi

1,875 ft

Berlin's famous Kreuzberg district, the popular Weißensee Lake with its lido, the panoramic Havel high trail, and the massive granite bassin in front of the Altes Museum are all remnants of the Ice Age in Berlin. Glacial masses and meltwater from the Vistula Ice Age shaped our capital more than any other city with more than one million residents.

You can find traces of the Ice Age all over the city – Spree Island, the lush Grunewald forest, and the cobblestones pathways between houses and churches in tranquil villages.

If you find this as fascinating as we do, then join us on seven exciting Tours through Berlin's icy past. The routes take you to Brandenburg's largest boulder, along riverbanks and into the depths of Berlin's glacial valley to the campsites of Ice Age reindeer hunters (yes, there really were reindeer in Berlin) where mammoths and wooly rhinos once roamed. The walks take you to the location where the theory of glacier movements was first proven and explain how giant boulders made their way from Scandinavia to Berlin to be used in the building of churches and streets.

All seven Ice Age adventures are easy to reach with the Berlin S-Bahn. You can warm up from winters icy conditions or cool off in the summer heat and leave your car behind.

One thing is guaranteed on these walks – mammoth fun!

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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Tours & Highlights

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    Easy
    01:50
    5.55 mi
    3.0 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Sandy and boggy, rippling meltwater and deep lakes - you will come across the Ice Age in the Berlin area again and again at every step. Over a distance of around nine kilometers, we will take you to another phenomenon from the time when glaciers ruled, slowly melted and left behind so-called dead ice holes. Quite a few of them are popular bathing waters today. So it's worth packing your bathing suit.

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  • Intermediate
    03:15
    7.79 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A valley only really becomes visible when you look down from above. That is why we take you with this tour to some of the most impressive heights and finally to the tranquil Erpetal in Berlin's glacial valley.The S5 S-Bahn takes you to Biesdorf station every 20 minutes. You stroll briefly through the castle park of the same name …

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    12.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    450 ft
    375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Many theories have been about how the landscape around Berlin-Brandenburg was formed and how mighty boulders made their way from Sweden, Norway and Denmark to here. The breakthrough and proof of the glacier ice theory came at the gates of Berlin. With this tour we take you to the place where it all happened: to Rüdersdorf.With the S-Bahn line …

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    10.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Mammoth tooth and woolly rhinoceros pine - what was not found in excavations in the Berlin underground? In order to extract building sand, numerous gravel pits were dug, which often brought amazing things to light. The sensation was great when around 1900 bones of large Ice Age mammals were found in the former Rollbergen in Neukölln. Most of the gravel …

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  • Intermediate
    04:27
    10.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    When you think of the Ice Age, you probably immediately think of mammoth herds and fur-clad prehistoric people who chased them with clubs and spears. On this tour you will follow in the footsteps of the hunters of the Vistula Ice Age, who set up camp right here on the Tegeler Fliess.The S25 S-Bahn takes you to Tegel station …

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  • Easy
    01:46
    4.20 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You will get an unexpected ice age feeling between the ubiquitous urban canyons with this central walk through Berlin's city center. From the busy Yorckstraße train station, it goes up to one of the most famous elevations in Berlin. From there we take you into the humming city life of the capital on the Spree island with a truly amazing relic of the last ice age.

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    9.44 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    How massively the Berlin landscape was shaped by the glaciers of the last Ice Age becomes particularly clear when land meets water. Where the city center reveals the Berlin glacial valley through some dry elevations, you will find a genuine Ice Age bank edge along the Havel in the Grunewald: the Havelhöhenweg.From the Schlachtensee S-Bahn station you are almost …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    61.1 mi
  • Duration
    25:00 h
  • Elevation
    1,875 ft

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