Secret green spaces – take the S-Bahn Berlin to hidden oases

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S-Bahn Berlin

Would you like to lie in the sun and look into the clouds in peace and quiet? On blades of grass between your toes? To unspoilt nature, wind noise in the leaves and birdsong? — There's only one thing that helps: off to the countryside. But if Tiergarten, Volkspark Friedrichshain, Hasenheide and Schillerpark are too crowded for you in the summer months, you still don't have to go out to Brandenburg. We've picked out eight hidden green oases for you, which are still real insider tips. Whether Urban Garden, quiet Spreeinsel or Botanischer Garten — these green places in Berlin are also quiet in midsummer.

For the inner-city detour into the countryside, we have selected four cosy oases for you in Charlottenburg and the trendy districts of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg. In Leisepark you stroll through a former, renaturalized cemetery, in Möhrchenpark and Prinzessinengärten urban gardening projects lure you and at Lietzensee you enjoy the tranquility of the bourgeois Charlottenburg. Two more insider tips await you in Treptow: Either you listen to the splashing of the Spree on the Island of Youth or you enjoy the shade of the countless trees in the Späth Arboretum. In Schöneberg we take you on a journey through time to the golden age of the Berlin railway. Along overgrown tracks you stroll through the Schöneberg southern area, which was once the largest marshalling yard in Europe. And in the north of Pankow we have planned a 13 kilometer long hike for you. Along the Nordgraben you walk to the Botanical Park Blankenfelde, which with its cosy atmosphere can easily keep up with the famous Botanical Garden in Dahlem.

As you can see, we have been busy and have selected some real natural gems for you. You can also reach all the tours easily with the S-Bahn Berlin — just get on the train and out into the countryside.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    01:21
    3.26 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Among all Berlin parks the Leisepark is absolutely unique. Right on the border of Mitte to Prenzlauer Berg and yet hidden and secretive. Here you saunter through a picturesque, overgrown park - but why is there a gravestone on the wayside? You need not be surprised, because the quiet park was formerly a part of the cemetery of the St. Nikolai and St. Marien communities. Since 2007, part of the cemetery has been separated and transformed into a park with walking paths, playground, lawns and seating. To this day, it is mainly known to the local residents and therefore much quieter than any other park in the city center. You will hardly find a more beautiful secret oasis.Starting point of your tour is the S-Bahn station Greifswalder Straße, which you can reach with the lines S41, S42, S8 and S85. On our round we take you - in addition to the quiet park - also to two other parks. The first park can be reached after just a few steps: the Ernst-Thälmann-Park. The beautifully landscaped park is framed by DDR-Plattenbauten - an interesting contrast program. On the edge of the park you will also find its namesake. The huge bust of the KPD chairman Ernst Thälmann from the GDR era is still exciting today.On the quiet Winsstraße it goes straight up to Heinrich Roller Street, where you enter the Leise Park through a small passage in the cemetery wall. Enjoy the tranquility and the primeval nature here first and breathe deeply during a break on the hammock. After your detour to the Leisepark you cross the Prenzlauer Allee and visit one of the most famous landmarks of Prenzlauer Berg, the Wasserturm. The is in a beautifully landscaped park and is incidentally owned by a municipal housing association - the rents for the extravagant apartments are surprisingly low. At the end of your tour you follow our route via the Winsstraße back to the S-Bahn station Greifswalder Straße.

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  • Easy
    00:55
    2.22 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the golden 2000s stood on the Holzmarktstraße and right on the banks of the Spree the world famous Techno-Club Bar 25. Due to land disputes the bar had to be closed and for years the area was broke. As the story would have it, the site was finally sold back to the former owner of Bar 25, who opened the "Wood Market" here in 2017. It is a large creative village with a hotel, restaurants, artist studios, student apartments, a kindergarten - and just the Möhrchengarten, an urban gardening project on the banks of the Spree. Shielded from the humming of the busy Holzmarkstraße you sit here between raised beds, enjoy a cold drink and look across the Spree on the Berlin skyline - gorgeous.The best starting point for a trip to Möhrchengarten is the Ostbahnhof, which is approached by several S-Bahn lines. From here it goes over the forecourt on the Holzmarktstraße, which you follow for a few meters. Soon you will be able to see the unusual architecture of the timber market decorated with large murals. Slipped through the houses and you're in the carrot garden. Have plenty of time to soak up the beautiful atmosphere here.If you want to discover even more inner city green, you can follow our route following the Michaelkirchstraße to Engelbecken. From there you can stroll along the Engeldamm through the former Luisenstädtischer Kanal, which today is a beautiful park. At the Schilling bridge it goes again over the Spree and a little later you can jump again in the Ostbahnhof in the S-Bahn.

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  • Easy
    01:03
    2.53 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The princess gardens in Kreuzberg are an absolute gem among the self-designed green spaces in Berlin. For more than 60 years, a wasteland was on the edge of Moritzplatz in the middle of Kreuzberg. In 2009 the change took place. The citizens of the surrounding area turned the fallow land around and opened a unique urban garden. In mobile raised beds made of tetra packs, plastic baskets and heavy-duty bags, many different types of fruit and vegetables are growing today, which can even be bought here directly and used in the kitchen of the garden café. If you like, you can become a permanent supporter and help out in the garden.Lines S3, S5, S7 and S9 will take you to the S-Bahn station Jannowitzbrücke. There you cross the river Spree and follow Heinrich-Heine-Straße to the large roundabout at Moritzplatz. The is still half surrounded and then it goes through a nondescript passage in a fence into the princess gardens. And once you have arrived here, the big city bustle remains behind you. In a cozy atmosphere you stroll along the flower beds and make a break in the garden café.Afterwards, continue on the Prinzessinenstraße to the Luisenstädtischer Kanal. It is dry today and instead a beautiful park. Through the park you walk to the angel basin, where also a café invites to a break. Pass the St. Michael Church and continue to the Spree and then over the Holzmarktstraße back to the S-Bahn station Jannowitzbrücke.

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  • Easy
    00:48
    1.94 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Europe's largest marshalling yard, today a nature reserve - welcome to Schöneberger Südgelände. The long, narrow park on the border of Schöneberg to Kreuzberg is sandwiched between commuter rail and long-distance railroad tracks and is perfect for a little nature break in the middle of the big city. The park exudes its own charm. Most of the buildings, such as the workshop hall, turntable, bridges and water tower from his time as a marshalling yard still stand, and nature is gradually conquering its territory. The paths lead directly over old tracks, which are overgrown more and more from year to year. There is also a café in the building of the old bridge masters - the perfect way to walk through the park.Take the S-Bahn S2, S25 or S26 to the Priesterweg S-Bahn station. The park starts right at the exit. Between young trees and along tracks and an old steam locomotive you can stroll along the paths of the Schöneberger Südgelände. At the northernmost point, you cross the S-Bahn tracks on a narrow bridge.On the other side you are standing in Hans-Baluschek Park. On a wide walkway, which is also used by cyclists, you stroll along benches and wooden lounge chairs back to the S-Bahn station Priesterweg.

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  • Easy
    00:48
    1.91 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    An infinite stream of cars is buzzing every day on the Kaiserdamm, the city highway and on the New Kantstrasse - hard to believe that in the triangle between these three main traffic axes is the green lung of Charlottenburg. Shielded by ancient, huge trees, the peaceful Lietzensee welcomes you here. On the meadows around the lake are relaxation seekers on blankets in the sun, children romp in the large playground and in the beer garden you can enjoy after work even a cool blondes - so rest oasis in the middle of the big city.We start at the S-Bahn station Messe Nord / ICC, which is served by the S-Bahn lines S41, S42 and S46. Once over the booming city highway and after a few steps on the New Kantstraße you reach the Lietzenseepark. It is divided into two halves by the Neue Kantstraße, which leads across the lake. For us it's first south along the magnificent trees and up to the newly renovated Great Lietzensee cascade with its picturesque arcades.After enjoying the view of the water, you stroll along the shore, cross the road bridge - in the park you can hear almost nothing of the traffic - and then through the southern part to the beer garden. Whether you take a seat on the terrace or just simply sit on the lawn is of course up to you. Finally, it's good to get back to the S-Bahn station Messe Nord through the park.

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  • Easy
    01:24
    3.43 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Treptow is famous for its green spaces, no question. But in addition to Treptower Park, Plänterwald and Königsheide we can also present you another natural jewel: The Späth Arboretum. The Späth'sche nursery extended in the pre-war period over several hectares of land on the outskirts of Berlin and was thus even the largest nursery in the world. Whether parks, avenues, palace gardens or gardens - when trees were planted in Berlin, then from the Späth nursery. After the war, the Humboldt University took over the site and expanded it into a botanical garden. Today, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm, you can visit the impressive arboretum and admire the trees from all over the world. And one thing we can promise you: If you stroll along the rows of trees and look out over the pond, you quickly forget that you are still in the middle of Berlin.With the S-Bahn lines S45, S46, S47, S8, S85 or S9 you drive - fittingly - to the S-Bahn station Baumschulenweg. From there you walk to the shore of the Britzer connecting canal and stroll along its shore to the bridge of the tree nursery road. Here you change to the other shore and a little later you reach the arboretum.At the entrance you pay the entrance and then walk through the magnificently landscaped avenues, visit the forest pond and staunst over the many different trees. If you are completely immersed in the arboretum, it goes back the same way.Our tip: There is a cozy café on the grounds of the neighboring nursery.

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  • Easy
    01:05
    2.62 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Although right next to the well-visited Treptower Park, the small island of youth is still one of Berlin's insiders' tips. On the small Spreeinsel opposite the Stralauer peninsula you can sit wonderfully by the water, lie in the meadows in the sun or enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden. Our tip: Rent your rowboat or pedal boat and gondola a little over the Spree during your visit to the island at the boat rental "Kanuliebe". We say "Ahoy"!The best way to get to the Isle of Youth is from the Treptower Park S-Bahn station, which is served by lines S41, S42, S8, S85 and S9. With a beautiful view you stroll along the banks of the Spree through the Treptow Park to the abbey bridge, which connects the park with the island of youth. Here you walk up to the bridge, from which you enjoy a first-class view of the Spree and the Berlin skyline.When you arrive on the island, you spread out your blanket, grab your book and let the beautiful silence affect you. Except for a few sounds from the Bluetooth box on the neighboring ceiling, you will hear nothing - just birds singing, children playing and the one or the other hurrying ship - pure relaxation. Well rested then it goes for the relaxed S-Bahn home drive back to Treptower Park station.

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  • Intermediate
    03:26
    8.36 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    For this tour, it is actually a little further out of the city. In the north of Pankow, the Botanic Volkspark Blankenfelde lures to a nice visit. Showhouses, a large cottage garden, a small forest with a pond and a deer park with sheep and deer offer enough program for a stay of several hours. So that you do not miss out on your physical well-being, you can also enjoy a slice of cake and a cup of coffee at Café Mint.The S-Bahn S2 and S8 bring you quite comfortably and without congestion to S-Bahn station Blankenburg. From here it is only under the highway and over the narrow Panke. A little later you reach the Nordgraben, which leads from the Panke to Tegeler See. You follow the ditch for a while on a beautiful trail through the green, until you reach the Blankenfelder Chaussee.Here you leave the Nordgraben and enter the Botanical Volkspark. After you have looked at all the fields, gardens and greenhouses, our route takes you along fields and through small forest pieces to the S-Bahn station Mühlenbeck-Mönchmühle. From here the S-Bahn S8 takes you back to the city center.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    26.3 mi
  • Duration
    10:49 h
  • Elevation
    500 ft
Secret green spaces – take the S-Bahn Berlin to hidden oases
Hiking Collection by
S-Bahn Berlin