Fragrant forests, wild swimming lakes, pretty village churches, and enchanting old towns – beyond the hustle and bustle of Germany’s capital, the region of Osthavelland-Spandau to the west of Berlin is known for its peace and quiet. Yet, you can reach this oasis in just a few minutes from the centre of Berlin with the S-Bahn. The gateway to tranquil villages and small towns in the picturesque East Havel countryside, Spandau manages to combine cosiness, quiet, excitement, and sophistication. The best way to explore the region is by bicycle. In this Collection, we present nine beautiful day rides in and around Spandau.
To the north of Spandau, you will be surrounded by forests and water, with the Havel River as your constant companion. You can unwind as you watch ships pass by. In the Spandau Forest, you may even spot a few woolly sheep. Further south, you can explore the historic Fort Hahneberg and the impressive citadel which is surrounded by water. Riding through the green fields of the Bullengraben and the Spekte-Niederung nature park, you are immersed fully into the natural world. In the far south, you ride through the town of Kladow where you can visit the Military History Museum of the German Armed Forces nearby which has exhibits ranging from captured balloons to fighter planes.
Just a stone's throw from Spandau, you find the idyllic community of Schönwalde-Glien. The circular ride takes you to the tranquil villages of Pausin, Perwenitz, Paaren im Glien, Wansdorf, and Grünefeld, among others. Of course, the legendary village of Ribbeck where Herr von Ribbeck is said to have given pears to children also lies en route. The historic town of Nauen is also a great place to stop. Its pretty old town is lined by elaborate half-timbered houses and beautiful brick buildings. If you take a detour through Dallgow, you can also visit the 1936 Olympic village and the Döberitzer Heide
To ensure you can start pedaling effortlessly, the start and endpoints of the routes are easy to reach by train. At the starting point in Schönwalde-Siedlung, there are also several parking spaces directly at the town hall. So hop on your saddle and escape the hustle and bustle of the big city in the beautiful region of Osthavelland-Spandau.
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"Herr von Ribbeck on Ribbeck in Havelland. There was a pear tree in his garden ... ”- who doesn't know Theodor Fontane's famous poem? But have you ever been there where Herr von Ribbeck generously gave his glowing pears to the village children? No? Then get on the saddle and follow this great tour to the location of the well-known pear tree.