According to some traditions, a devil's altar should have stood here, on which Celtic priests worshiped Belzebub. Moors and dark lakes are places where Celtic cult sites often lay. In their rituals, the Celts sank valuable objects in moors and lakes. The custom of tossing a coin into a well is a remnant of spring and lake worship. Maybe you can throw a ring or a silver coin in the lake?
Inge Kiessig tells of another legend about this gloomy lake in her Berlin collection of legends:
"In the dense reed belt on the edge of the Teufelssee there used to be a large stone. It was called the Princess Stone because it indicated the spot where a magnificent castle once stood, inhabited by a princess. She was cursed and has sunk with her palace in the moor. But sometimes it came to the fore.”
May 26, 2016
A beautiful spot of nature in the middle of Berlin. The forest school offers a range of interesting offers. If you want to relax or go on a journey of discovery, this is the place for you. The pier through the middle of the lake and moor offers great insights into fauna and flora.
March 25, 2017
The Teufelssee in Berlin's Müggelberge is a beautiful combination of a lake and a raised bog. The footbridge through the moor was completely renewed in 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, it is no longer as romantic as the old Knüppeldamm. He went through the middle of a beautiful moor forest. The forest no longer exists because the trees have fallen victim to the renaturation work.
Nevertheless, a detour to the Teufelsse is always worthwhile, if only to find the little moor spirit sitting in the moor waiting for the hikers.
April 18, 2018
The holiday camp is a legend that never existed here, at least not in my life. Maybe long before 1959.
But in any case, there was a restaurant of the HO right on the lake. After the turnaround, the grounds of the restaurant were renatured. Only those who know the place know that there was a restaurant there.
March 8, 2018
It's really worth it! Our Lieblinswanderung: Parking Müggelseeperle, cross the Müggelheimer dam and up it's about 110m. Not the serpentines, but the way straight up. Is already a bit steep for us Flachlandtiroler. Arrived at the top, detour to the left. Here comes a hint "highest mountain of Berlin". Unfortunately, the cross has found a new owner. There is nothing left, only the stone is still there. Back again, then go right. You pass the Ascension site. Keep running, then you can climb the Müggelturm. Or you go down before, down the side of the currently closed downhill route. You come out right on the Teufelssee. About Rübezahl and on Müggelsee along then back to the parking Müggelseeperle. Great hike!
November 7, 2019
The Teufelssee is located in the district of Berlin-Köpenick around 750 m south of the Großer Müggelsee at the foot of the Kleiner Müggelberg in the Köpenicker Bürgerheide.
The lake measures almost 150 m from northeast to southwest and is a maximum of 100 m wide. Its area is around 1.2 hectares. The shallow and nutrient-rich lake is a raised bog that was formed during the Ice Age and was created as a sink by the meltwater from the ice. At the lake, the Teufelssee forest school maintains a three-kilometer-long nature trail that leads around the lake, past rare plants such as pond roses, water hemlock and sundew. Since the ground is partly boggy, a large part of the path leads over wooden board paths. A few hundred meters southwest of the lake is the Müggelturm on the western slope of the Kleiner Müggelberg. The Müggelberge toboggan run, popularly known as the Death Railway (closed), ends near the Teufelssee.
In December 2015 a new, approximately 300 m long jetty was inaugurated between the moor and the Teufelssee, which was built as part of the environmental relief program UEP II project "Nature conservation measures for upgrading and development in the FFH area Teufelsseemoor and the surrounding area".
With the Teufelssee in Grunewald, there is a second lake of the same name in the urban area of Berlin.
There are various legends about the water. According to one of these stories, a devil's altar is said to have stood there. Inge Kiessig recounts the beginning of another legend about a castle that disappeared in the lake as follows: “In the dense reed belt on the edge of the Teufelssee there used to be a large stone. It was called the princess stone because it indicated the place where a splendid castle once occupied a princess. She was cursed and, together with her palace, sank into the moor. But sometimes it came to light. "
December 29, 2020
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