The outskirts of Berlin is not only known for its famous lakes, but also countless rivers, streams, brooks, and small creeks. Here and there, quaint rivers wind their way through wide meadows, rustic swamplands emerge and sometimes a narrow stream flows slowly through dense forest. Along many rivers and streams, you will find beautiful paths waiting to be discovered on a hike.
We have selected nine splendid hikes where you can discover the countless tributaries of the Havel and Spree rivers. Erpe, Panke, Löcknitz, Tegeler Fließ, Anna Fließ or the Nuthe. All of the tributaries around the capital will enchant you with their unique charm and different landscapes. Wide floodplains, quiet forests, quaint moorlands, vast fields and fairytale alder forests await you here. In September and October, the special light bathes the landscape in a mystical atmosphere – a hike in nature couldn't be more beautiful.
Best of all: thanks to the S-Bahn and regional trains, you can accompany the streams on their journeys and start your trip home directly from the end of your hikes. Simply choose your favourite stream and follow its course through Berlin and Brandenburg.
In times of Corona, our tour suggestions are mainly one thing: inspirations for hikes and bike tours in the near future, when the everyday restrictions are less strict. Please stay healthy, protect yourself and other people. Avoid any unnecessary travel — if the urgent desire for fresh air lures you out on our tours, please observe the distance and hygiene rules. By the way, FFP2 masks are mandatory in the Berlin S-Bahn!
The Erpe is a 32 kilometer tributary of the Spree. On its course from Werneuchen to Köpenick, it changes its name several times and flows as Stienitzfließ, Langes Elsenfließ and Neuenhagener Mühlenfließ through forests and meadows. By far the most beautiful section is the Erpetal between Hoppegarten and Friedrichshagen. Here, the Erpe flows through a wide floodplain landscape. You can explore the Erpetal on a leisurely hike. You accompany the Erpe up to its mouth in the Spree.
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The source of the Annafließ is located in the middle of Strausberg. From there, the stream meanders through the city and then flows through moors, ponds and forests to Lake Stienitz. Depending on the season and rainfall, the width of the river may vary considerably. In very hot and dry summers, the stream above ground even dries out completely. Our hike will take you from Strausberg town along the river Annafließ through the extensive Strausberg forests.
The Panke rises in Bernau and lays back about 30 kilometers, until it flows into the Spandau shipping canal at the northern harbor. A total of 20 kilometers of the creek are located on Berlin's urban area. On our hike you will accompany the Panke from the city limits through meadows, through parks and finally through the city to Wedding. At the mouth of the Nordhafen your paths separate again.
The Löcknitz rises at Hoppegarten and winds its way leisurely through the idyllic Löcknitztal until it flows into the Flakense near Erkner. The Löcknitztal is one of the best preserved lowland river valleys in Brandenburg. The open river valley was formed as a meltwater channel during the last ice age. Through the entire Löcknitztal with its beautiful trees and the peaceful meadows leads a beautiful hiking trail. On our hike you can explore the Löcknitztal from Erkner.