Soft sand, fragrant pines, shimmering water and the smell of sun cream. Summer is officially here. And even though this might make you think of southern France, Mallorca, or at least the Baltic sea—it's easy to experience this summer feeling right here in Berlin and Brandenburg. Even if it gets too crowded for you at Wannsee, Weißensee or Prinzebad, you don't have to travel far to find a peaceful oasis. Around Berlin, you will find countless charming lakes with forests, beaches, and crystal-clear water. And while some lakes, such as Müggelsee or Helenesee, are already old classics—others some real insider tips.
We've picked out nine first-class lakes for you to swim in. From the elegant Plötzensee and the Tiefen See in Potsdam, to the secluded Rahmer See, there is something for everyone. Each lake has its own unique qualities: a well-kept open-air swimming pool, secret swimming spots, a white sandy beach or a special family offer. All Tours are extra short, so there is enough time for swimming and sunbathing. Since an ice cream, a bratwurst or a serving of French fries are also part of a perfect bathing day, you will find a rustic inn or a cozy snack on every trip.
Thanks to the S-Bahn and the regional train, you can reach all of the nine bathing lakes without a car. When you return home in the evening, you can enjoy the view of the passing landscape—and start to think of the next weekend.
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The Müggelsee is the largest of the lakes in Berlin. In the summer it becomes a real magnet for the East Berliners. All around the lake are young people, families and long-time residents. In addition to the two outdoor pools and the many small swimming areas at the Great Müggelsee, the Kleine Müggelsee is still a secret tip. The smaller lake is located to the east of his namesake and is connected to this over the Müggelspree. The beach is quite peaceful and the sandy, shallow shore is perfect for families.Your tour starts at the S-Bahn station Rahnsdorf, which is approached every 10 minutes from line S3. From there it goes through the fragrant pine forest on Krötenteich and Fredersdorfer Mühlenfließ along to Rahnsdorf. Here you jump at the ferry Müggelseewerderweg on the ferry F23 and chug it over the Spree. Especially nice: The ferry is one of the public transport in Berlin. So you can translate here with your VBB ticket. From the Müggelhort ferry station it is only a short walk along the lakeshore to the bathing area at the Kleine Müggelsee. Here you can swim to your heart's content and doze in the sun. After the day of bathing, a detour to the excursion restaurant Neu-Helgoland is worthwhile. From here the ferry F23 will take you back to Müggelseewerderweg. Along Mühlenfließ it goes back to the S-Bahn station Rahnsdorf and with the line S3 back home.
The Schlosspark Babelsberg has earned a special place of honor within the palaces and gardens of Potsdam. But only a few Berliners know that the park also has a very cozy outdoor pool. Directly on the deep lake, with a fantastic view of Potsdam, you can splashing around here. And the outdoor pool has a lot to offer: sandy beach, well-tended lawns, playgrounds and even a volleyball court.The S-Bahn line 7 takes you every 10 minutes from Berlin to the S-Bahn station Babelsberg. From there you can stroll along the lively Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße to the park. Just behind the Kindermannsee you will reach the beach. With the romantic backdrop of Potsdam and the venerable castle park the bathing day is especially beautiful. If you get hungry after a few laps in the cool water, you can make a detour to the Café in the Little Castle. Then it goes on a small round through the park in the direction of S-Bahn. After a short stretch through the idyllic streets of Potsdam-Babelsberg you will reach the S-Bahn station again. From there, take the S-Bahn back to Berlin.
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During the construction of the Oder-Havel Canal, the water level of the Lehnitzsee dropped by several meters. The Oranienburger were quite imaginative and set up several swimming on the recovered, sandy land. On a tour around the lake you can discover both official and a small, secret bathing beach. All three swimming areas are free and freely accessible. Families like to bathe at the lido Oranienburg, because there is also a snack bar and toilets.The S1 line goes every 20 minutes to the final stop S-Bahnhof Oranienburg. You wander a short distance through the city and then reach the lake. The first bathing place on your tour is the Strandbad Oranienburg. On the wide lawn there is also a water rescue station and especially the harbor restaurant LuBea with attached ice cream parlor. Along the lakeshore, head north. You cross the Oder-Havel Canal on a bridge. On the other side of the lake, you soon come across the White Beach. Here, too, the water watch oversees the bathers at the weekend. If you want it more secluded, you can also continue to the beach Bolli. The bathing area is not officially marked, but is tolerated. From there it is only a short walk back to the Oranienburg S-Bahn station.
Close to the northern border of Berlin lies the small Gorinsee. The lake is idyllically embedded in a forest. From the S-Bahn station Zepernick it is only a short bike ride to cool water. It goes through the idyllic heath landscape of the estate Hobrechtsfelde. Wild horses and Scottish Highland cattle have been living here for several years, peacefully taking care of the landscape care. The beach at the Gorinsee is freely accessible and costs no entrance fee. Although there are no toilets, but right on the lake there is a cozy guest house. If you ask nicely, you can also use the toilets. In addition, there is a rustic campground on Gorinsee. If you bring your camping gear with you, you can easily extend your bathing trip.Line S2 arrives at S-Bahn station Zepernick every 20 minutes. Through a small family home area you cycle towards the Hobrechtsfelder Rieselfelder. On a well-developed bike path, it goes along the road through the renatured area with its open pastures and small groups of trees. At the end of the street, follow the cycle path to the right in the direction of Hobrechtsfelde. Pass the old granary and leave the road. Here you cycle directly through the heathland. If you are lucky, you will also discover the curious wild horses. After a small settlement you finally reach the Gorinsee. On the evening of your bathing day, you will cycle along an excellent cycle path along the road through forests and heathland back to the Zepernick S-Bahn station.
The idyllic Strausberg is always worth a visit. Especially in summer, because the large Straussee attracts with excellent water quality and beautiful bathing places. It is especially comfortable in the outdoor pool Strausberg. The lido with the elegant wooden buildings has existed since 1925 and spoils the bathers with sandy beach, slides and diving towers. If you prefer it more secluded, you can also choose one of the small bathing spots on the wooded western shore of the lake.Your tour starts at the S-Bahn station Strausberg-Stadt, which the S-Bahn line 5 in 20-minute intervals anfährt. From there you walk directly in the direction of Straussee. You follow the Uferweg in the south and reach shortly thereafter the outdoor pool Strausberg. If you prefer to find your own swimming spot, you will continue hiking along the lake. On the opposite shore of the lake you will find various small places that invite you to swim. After your bathing trip you can take the F39 ferry to Strausberg. A ride on the electrically operated ferry costs only 1.30 euros. From the ferry dock you walk only a short distance to the S-Bahn station Strausberg-Stadt.
Berlin is considered the greenest city in Europe. No wonder you can experience nature and city at the same time in many places. These places include the small Plötzensee on the edge of Wedding. The small lake is located in the middle of a forest on the busy Seestraße. Nevertheless, you can splash in the elegant beach and relax in peace. The Plötzensee is named after the roach. The small carp fish, also known as roach, lives to this day in quite a large number in this body of water.The S-Bahn station Westhafen is connected to the Ringbahn and is thus approached every 10 minutes by the S41 and the S42. At the S-Bahn station you start and cross the Spandau shipping canal. The green riverside path leads you under the bridge of the Seestraße directly to the Plötzensee. If you like, you can go for a walk on the shore or you can spread your bath towel directly in the lido. After your bathing trip, it's the same way back to the S-Bahn station Westhafen.
Directly on the western city boundary you will find the bathing place Bürgerablage. Originally, there was a wooden shelf at the shallow bank. The proceeds of the logs, which were shipped from here to Berlin, flowed directly into the civic treasury. The name Bürgerablage still fits today, because many citizens are here in the beach in the sun. The small beach is perfect for families, because in addition to the obligatory toilets there is a snack bar and a water rescue station.Every 20 minutes, the S25 line goes to Tegel S-Bahn station, where your tour starts. From here you cycle a short distance on the roads before you ride along the shore of the picturesque Tegeler See. Since there is no bridge over the Havel between Tegelort and Spandau, you use the small ferry here. The ferry crossing takes only a few minutes. Once on the other side of the river, you cycle north along the Havelufer. Soon you will reach your destination, the bathing place Bürgerablage. After several laps in the Havel, and if your beach reading is selected, you cycle the same way back to the S-Bahn station Tegel.
South of Berlin is the village of Groß Köris. The area is teeming with dreamlike bathing lakes. We have picked out the two most beautiful ones in this tour. Still a secret is the small Tonsee. As the name suggests, clay was once mined here. After the clay pit was abandoned, it filled with spring water. Today you can enjoy a great water quality and an amazing depth of view here. A little further north also attracts the bathing spot on Klein Köriser lake.From Ostkreuz station the regional train RB24 will take you every hour to the station Grosser Köris. From there you hike through the sparse forest in the direction of Tonsee. The pine trees and the sandy soil are reminiscent of beach holidays on the Baltic Sea. Pay close attention to the signs on the Tonsee, so you do not miss the access to the lake. At the lake there is also a small bistro with toilets. If you like bathing naked, here comes also at his expense. In the southern area you will find a small nudist beach. Alternatively, the tour leads you north to the bathing area on the Klein Köriser See. On the way back to the station you can make a detour to the Schulzensee. Here is the small ship restaurant Klabautermann at anchor. Then it goes from Groß Köris with the RB24 back home.
North of Berlin you will find countless swimming lakes. A very special insider tip is the Rahmer See. This is mainly due to the nostalgic and family-friendly beach. The operators have consistently maintained the rustic GDR charm and thus successfully resisted wild modernization. Here you get everything the bathing heart desires: sunbathing area, slide and shallow shore. In addition, the snack provides you with small treats and delicious ice cream.With the S2 it goes in 10-minute intervals to the S-Bahn station Karow and from there with the RB27 hourly to the station Zühlsdorf. From the old station building you walk a short distance along the tracks through the pine forest. Shortly after you reach the beach Rahmer lake. Especially families can easily spend the whole day here. For those who are hungry after the bathing day, then the detour in the restaurant to Waldschänke worthwhile. From there you walk along cozy forest paths back to the train station Zühlsdorf.