Stepping out of the train at the S-Bahn station Nikolassee, you'll immediately be stunned by the sheer number of trees. Shooting upwards into the sky between the isolated villas and venerable townhouses, it's hard to believe you're still within the city limits. To the west, the Grunewald Forest stretches outward as far as the eye can see — it's time to leave the city behind you.
Wandering through the tall and ancient trees of the Grunewald, the light glistens through the trees and over the forest canvas. The only sound you hear is the rustling of the leaves as you trod on the cold earth beneath your feet. When you reach the shore of the tranquil Wannsee, you have almost completely forgotten the metropolis.
In January and February, when the days slowly start to get longer, when the temperatures truly drop to that crispy cold, the lakes of Berlin and Brandenburg entice. Wrapped up in layers, you can fully explore the wintry nature out here, no matter how cold it gets. And you'll enjoy the clarity of the air; a kind you only experience during these cold winter months.
So you can get out and experience Berlin's beautiful winter without a moment's hesitation, we have picked out hikes to eight beautiful lakes. All of our hikes can be easily reached on the S-Bahn, meaning you don't have to go de-icing your car to get outside. Just jump on the heated train and head to Berlin's most beautiful winter lakes.
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This tour starts for you at the S-Bahn station Hegermühle, which you can reach with the S5, which runs every 10 minutes. The path leads you directly into the wintry forest.Between the big trees you can leave the hectic Berlin behind you and soon you will see the picturesque Herrensee between the trunks.You walk along the reed-lined shore, where you can watch many birds even in winter. Leisurely you follow the trail, cross the Annafließ and finally reach the outskirts of Strausberg.The path runs here for a short distance over a green strip between single-family homes, before you can dive back into the forest. If you like, you can make a detour to the water tower on Marienberg here or turn directly in the direction of the Straussees.For about four kilometers, the hike will take you over the shore path of the Straussee and you can really get involved in the wintry peace here. After you have rounded the lake on the west side, it goes to the S-Bahn station Strausberg. Here you can comfortably get on the S5 again to drive home.
Of course, a hike on the Großer Müggelsee should not be missed in this collection.The S3, which runs every 10 minutes, takes you out to peaceful Friedrichshagen. You stroll along Bölschestraße towards Müggelsee. Once at the Spreemündung, you descend into the famous Spreeunnel and walk about four meters below the water surface over to the other riverbank.There you can expect a beautiful forest area. On comfortable hiking trails you circle the Great Müggelsee up to the small Müggelsee. On the way you can expect picturesque views of the lake landscape. If you like, you can take a break at the Rübezahl restaurant, where you will be greeted with hot drinks and delicious food during the winter.Since in winter the small rowing ferry in Rahnsdorf is not operated, you follow the forest road on to Hessenwinkel, where you can cross the Spree even with ice and snow over two bridges. From here you continue to the S-Bahn station Wilhelmshagen.
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Your round trip on Lake Tegel starts at the S-Bahn station Tegel, which you can reach every 20 minutes on the S25. Here you meander for a short distance over the roads to Tegeler Hafen, where you cross the harbor bridge and are already awaited by the Tegeler Forst on the other side.At the Dicken Marie, the oldest tree in Berlin, you follow the path to the lakeshore. From the wooded shore you can admire the small lakes lying in the Tegeler See. The largest island is named Scharfenberg and is even connected by a ferry to the mainland. On the island there is a unique high school, the school arm island Scharfenberg. The approximately 400 students of this reform school from the Weimar period are also the main users of the ferry, because strangers can not visit the island easily.At the western end of the Uferweg, the tour leads you over a nice round through the large Tegel forest. On the winter forest paths, it's back to the starting point, the Tegel S-Bahn station.
The Wuhletal in the east of Berlin keeps surprising newcomers ready for newcomers. Between the Plattenbauten Ostberlin the renatured river winds down to Köpenick, where it flows into the Spree.This tour starts at S-Bahn station Wuhletal. The S-Bahn station can be easily reached by the S5, which runs every 10 minutes from S-Bahn station Ostkreuz. You first follow the Wuhletalwanderweg along the river. You cross the river and after a short section through a residential area you reach the nature reserve Kaulsdorfer Seen.The three lakes are today renatured and provide an important sanctuary for many plants and birds. Do not be surprised if in winter you can see deer between the narrow tree trunks in broad daylight.The hiking trail leads you past Habermannsee and Butzer See. If you like, you can of course also make a detour to Elsensee.After wandering through the idyllic nature reserve, it's back to the starting point, the S-Bahn station Wuhletal.
On this hike, seven lakes await you along the way. Your tour begins at the S-Bahn station Wannsee, where you can still take a look at the great Wannsee.Then it goes for a short section between villas to the small Wannsee, which flows directly into the Pohlesee.From the Pohlesee you hike on the scenic riverside path to Stölpchensee, which is connected via the Griebnitz Canal to the north with the Pohlesee and to the south with Teltow Canal and Griebnitzsee.On the Hubertusbrücke you cross the canal and below the renatured landfill Wannsee the forested path leads you further to the Griebnitzsee. The Griebnitzsee is in turn connected via the Teltow Canal in a westerly direction with the Glienicker Lake. On its shore is the famous Schlosspark Babelsberg.Here you stroll along the shore and pass the Babelsberg Enge. The Babelsberger Enge separates the Glienicker Lake from the deep lake, the seventh lake of your hike, which in turn is a flow of the Havel to the Great Wannsee.Your hike will take you through the Babelsberg Palace Park, which has a special atmosphere not only in winter but in every season of the year, to Babelsberg S-Bahn station.
What the Great Müggelsee is to the east of the city is the Große Wannsee for the west of Berlin. With the Grunewald on its eastern shore, it is a unique natural destination for all Berlin.Your tour starts at the Nikolassee S-Bahn station and follows the Havelhöhenweg almost the entire distance. The S-Bahn station you can even reach with two S-Bahn. The S7 runs every 10 minutes and the S1 stops here every 20 minutes. The trail rarely runs directly on the shore, but spoils you instead again and again with terrific views.The path leads you through wintry forest landscape and you can always enjoy the special light mood of the extensive lake landscape.If you like, you can make a detour to the Grunewald Tower. The majestic brick building is open daily from 10.00 clock and offers you after a rise of 200 steps a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.In the last third you can expect different restaurants and restaurants, where you can warm up with a warm drink. Your tour finally ends at the S-Bahn station Picheslberg, where you can start your journey home on the S3 or S9 every 10 minutes.
For this tour the regional train RB27 will take you to Wandlitz. The RB27 takes you to Wandlitz every one hour. Instead of the much built Wandlitzsee our tour takes you to the idyllic Liepnitzsee.You leave the station to the east and after a few meters you enter the forest and continue to the lake shore. Here you follow the shore path and can enjoy the view of the island of Grosser Werder. In the summer you can even visit the island, but the ferry service is set in the winter.While you walk along the riverside path, you forget the gray Berlin and the wintry nature leaves you to come to rest.At the northern tip of the lake, you can take a leisurely break at the Hotel Jägerheim Ützdorf before continuing on the northern shore across the Regenbogensee and the Drei Heiligen Pfühle to the Wandlitzsee train station.
Take the regional train to Caputh. This is done by public transport to Potsdam and from there in hourly intervals with the RB23 to Caputh-Geltow. Already on your arrival you leave the city behind you, when you cross the Grunewald and let your gaze wander over the Potsdamer Seenlandschaft.From your starting point, the station Caputh-Geltow, you wander comfortably on the eastern shore of the Schwielowsee to the small village of Ferch on the southernmost edge of the lake. You will be rewarded again and again with great panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding landscape.About 100 years ago, numerous artists settled in the small village of Ferch. Later this group became known as Havelländische Malerkolonie and you can admire their works today in the small museum in Ferch.After your visit to Ferch you follow the shore path to Petzow Castle. If you like, you can still make a detour to the church Petzow here.Shortly before the end of your circumnavigation of the Schwielowsee you will find the Gasthaus Baumgartenbrück. Here you can take a break and warm up from the cold winter air before heading home from Caputh on the RB23.