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Seltene Tiere im Erpetal erleben

01:34
3.76 mi
2.4 mph
75 ft
75 ft

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358 yd
0.57 mi
0.76 mi
0.76 mi
0.90 mi
1.70 mi
1.78 mi
1.85 mi
1.87 mi
2.34 mi
2.52 mi
3.15 mi
3.23 mi
3.76 mi

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Klaus T. went for a hike.

August 23, 2020

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  • Klaus T.

    Experience rare animals in the Erpetal
    A walk through the protected landscape area
    A few minutes from the Friedrichshagen S-Bahn station in Berlin's Köpenick district, you are in the middle of the Erpe Valley nature reserve. The 32-kilometer-long small river is a tributary of the Spree and rises from a headwaters in Werneuchen in Brandenburg.The Erpe Valley is one of the last preserved river valleys in the region, with lush wet meadows and rare plant and insect species that are otherwise hardly to be seen.
    If you keep your eyes open and your mouth closed, the kingfisher, dragonfly, moor frog, grass snake or beaver can be seen in their natural habitats. Since the bog soils of the Erpetal meadows are relatively difficult to manage, water buffalo and robust cattle races take over the "care" of the meadows and pastures.
    We hiked a small section of the landscape protection area from Friedrichshagen train station.The Kurpark begins right behind the train station and has existed since the end of the 19th century when the then city of Cöpenick wanted to develop Friedrichshagen into a health resort. In 1880 the city had a pump room, a medical pavilion and a spa restaurant with a music hall built. In 1914 the facility was expanded to include a few tennis courts and in 1930 to include the natural theater. The facility was destroyed in the Second World War, but rebuilt in 1958.Today, however, there is hardly anything left of the former spa park, except for the name on the city map, an open-air cinema and the tennis courts.The street “Hinter dem Kurpark” brings us to Erpe. We follow the narrow path to the left of the river and walk in the direction of the flow. Immediately we dive into lush nature with boggy soils, tall reeds and rare plant species such as purple loosestrife and yellow meadow rue.On the right the Erpe, on the left the meadow landscape with cattle, after around 700 meters we come to another bridge that we cross. We follow the S-Bahn line for 150 meters and turn right into Spitzwegerichweg, which leads us through a small garden settlement. The next branch on the left brings us directly into the pine forest, which later turns into a mixed forest. After around 700 meters we come out of the “dark” forest to a “light” clearing. On the former “Mittelheide” shooting range, “Erika” blooms in some places in August / September, between birch and juniper bushes. However, there is nothing to be seen of a blooming heather landscape in the state of Brandenburg, which invites you to go on a heather hike.The clear area flows back into mixed forest, which we walk through in a slight right-hand curve and in the district of Ravenstein via Mühlenstraße back to Erpe.
    We cross the Erpe to follow the river on the left side again. Past allotment gardens and unspoilt nature, we come back to the starting point, which takes us back to the Friedrichshagen S-Bahn station via the street “Hinter dem Kurpark”.
    The approximately 6-kilometer circular route can be comfortably covered in two hours. Text and photos: Klaus Tolkmitt

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    • September 14, 2020

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