The days are getting longer and longer, the temperatures are rising and Berlin is shaking off the winter blues: Spring is finally just around the corner. After an incredible grey winter, it really tickles your legs to finally get back into nature. The best way to see spring awakening is in the large gardens and castle parks, where thousands of spring flowers are just waiting to shine in bright colors.
We have selected five beautiful gardens in Berlin and the surrounding area, which are particularly famous for their design, their variety or their scenic charm. If you prefer to walk all alone through forests and fields, you can take a look at the three walks below. What do you think of a visit to the wild horses in Hobrechtsfelde or the moorlands at Chorin Monastery?
So that you can really relax on your trips into nature, all of these hikes can be easily reached by the S-Bahn or regional train. The journey alone becomes a wonderful experience when you glide through the awakening spring landscape by train.
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The botanical garden in Dahlem is a first attraction, if you want to enjoy the first flowers and buds in spring. The large complex is a true work of art and you can stroll for hours in the first warm sun rays through the individual landscape areas. Even if the plants on the outdoor area still allow a little time, you can admire in the impressive greenhouses guaranteed magnificent flowers and exotic plants.Your tour starts at the S-Bahn station Schlachtensee, which you can reach every 10 minutes on the S1. The hike takes you along the shore from the Schlachtensee and the Krumme Lanke along to the Grunewaldsee. The oaks and beeches of the Grunewald are already shining tentatively in their green leaves, and the warming sunshine dispels the last traces of winter. At the Grunewaldsee you can take a rest at the Forsthaus Paulsborn or in the Schlosscafé of the Grunewaldschloss, before you reach the botanical garden after a short distance through the center of Dahlem.After you have explored the large garden extensively, you will arrive at the southern exit to the S-Bahn station Botanischer Garten. From there it goes back home with the S1.
There is hardly another place in Berlin where you can experience such a variety of plants as in the Gardens of the World in Marzahn. In the lovingly designed theme gardens, you can enjoy gardening from around the world: sit with a cup of tea at the lily pond of the Chinese Garden, admire the water features in the Oriental Garden or find peace in the Japanese Zen Garden. In spring, all the gardens are lit as the flowers, trees and shrubs come to life again.With the S5 it goes to the S-Bahn station Wuhletal, which you can reach by train every 10 minutes. From there you follow the route through the idyllic Wuhletal, where already greet the first messengers of spring. The buds sprout everywhere and on your way along the Wuhle you leave the big city bustle behind you.Below the Kienberg, you finally reach the south entrance of the Gardens of the World. Here you can now take your time to explore all the gardens and plants extensively. Enjoy a break at one of the cafes. After your visit, it's back on the Wuhle to the S-Bahn station Wuhletal.
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Untouched lies the peacock island in the middle of the Havel. At the end of the 18th century, the Prussian king had a fairytale castle built on the small island. The castle garden, which encompasses the entire island, was decorated in a fairy tale like manner. In the midst of ancient oaks and beech trees, the paths meander along small meadows, fountains and pavilions. In your explorations, you will meet the permanent inhabitants of the island again and again: the eponymous peacocks roam freely over the island and in the spring the colorful males beat their famous bike to impress their females.Every 10 minutes you can take the S7 to the starting point of this tour. From the S-Bahn station Griebnitzsee it goes first on the Teltow Canal and then on the Griebnitz Canal. After a short walk through the Berlin district Wannsee you reach the Düppeler forest. Through the unspoilt forest with its tall beech trees and pines, you hike on to the pier, from where the ferry takes you to Peacock Island.The crossing takes only a few minutes and you can explore the small island. If you are interested in old walls, it is also worth visiting the small castle and the dairy.On your way back it's back to the mainland by ferry and after a coffee in the log cabin Nikolskoe you wander through the forest and along the lakeshore back to the S-Bahn station Griebnitzsee.
Sanssouci Castle Park with castles, pavilions, gardens and historic greenhouses is rightly part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Following the example of French Baroque palaces, the park and the Sanssouci Palace were built in 1745. The small summer palace was designed after sketches of King Frederick the Great. The guiding theme has always been the harmony between art and nature. Even today, you can stroll through the huge gardens and admire this masterpiece of landscaping.Every 10 minutes you can travel from Berlin with the S7 to Potsdam central station. From there it goes over the Havel and past the Nikolaikirche in the idyllic city center. Along the lovingly restored houses you walk to the Brandenburg Gate and finally enter the castle park at the Green Lattice.In a big round, it goes along the Church of Peace to the New Palace and on to the castle Sanssouci. To visit the whole park with its countless large and small buildings, you can easily schedule several hours.Finally, when you've had enough of the baroque splendor, leave the park and move on to Park Sanssouci Station. From there the regional train RB21 or the regional express RE will take you once an hour to Potsdam main station, where you can change back to the S7 and drive back to Berlin.
Between Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten and the Berlin district Friedrichshagen the Erpe flows through the Erpetal, which is bordered by wide meadows. Since 2003, the area is under nature conservation and attracts the urbanites with its pristine meadows and small forests for long walks.This tour starts at Hoppegarten S-Bahn station, which is served by the S5 every 20 minutes. Along the racecourse you reach Dahlwitz and the newly designed castle garden. Shortly after, the nature reserve Erpetal begins. Sometimes the Erpe flows directly through the forest and sometimes over wide, lush meadows.Shortly before you reach Friedrichshagen, the hike leads you to the middle heath. In the middle of the forest you will find a wide, free heath landscape. Here on a bench, enjoy the warming rays of the spring sun before continuing your journey. If you reach the S-Bahn station Friedrichshagen, it is still worth a detour to the Bölschestraße with its cafes and restaurants. Afterwards, the S3 will drive you back to Berlin every 10 minutes.
North of Berlin lives on the outskirts of a small herd of wild horses. The Konikpferde together with some Scottish highland cattle are responsible for the care of the former Rieselfelder. Since the end of the 1980s, wastewater is no longer being purified on the sewage fields, and nature has since recaptured its territory. Narrow hiking trails lead through the small birch and beech groves, over the horse pastures and along narrow streams and rivers.From the S-Bahn Berlin-Buch, which is approached every 10 minutes from the S2, it goes through the wooded nature reserve book to the city limits. Here the trees give the view of the wide meadows of Rieselfelder free. From many places you can see here the distinctive granary of the estate Hobrechtsfelde, whose employees take care of the care of the wild horses and cattle.The wild horses and highland cattle regularly change their location so that the landscape is evenly grazed. Keep your eyes open so you do not miss any of the animals. The route continues north to a detour to the idyllic Gorinsee.From there it goes back over the Rieselfelder and on to the S-Bahn station Röntgengental. With the S2 it goes back home.
Northwest of Berlin you will find a very special garden project in the small town of Schwante. In his private garden, Michael Beuthe realized his dream over many years of work: In the Schaffart Schwante you can now walk through a perfectly maintained garden in the style of Italian villa gardens. In addition, there are also other plants from around the world as well as friendly Wollschweine. The cafe in the barn completes the excursion.With the S25 it goes every 20 minutes to the station Henningsdorf and from there once per hour with the regional train RB55 to the station Schwante. From there it goes past the small lake Schwantener and the castle restaurant Schwante over fields and meadows to the show garden.Here you can take your time and enjoy the spring flowers before you hike back over the wooden footbridge on Mühlensee back to the station.
The complex of the Cistercian monastery Chorin is one of the most important architectural monuments in Brandenburg and an important building of the Nordic brick Gothic. The monastery looks back on a long and varied history. Since 2007, the buildings have been renovated and converted into exhibition space. In spring, it is worth visiting the landscape park Kloster Chorin with its ancient oaks, orchards and the medicinal plant garden.Take the S-Bahn to Berlin Central Station. From there you continue with the regional express RE3, which will take you once an hour to Chorin train station. Through the tiny village you wander in the direction of Amtssee and after your Seeumund rounding, you reach the large monastery.When you have explored the monastery, the tour takes you through the forest to the Great Holy Lake. Along the cold water, a narrow, sluggish stream, it goes through quaint moorland back to the station Chorin. With the RE1 it goes back home.