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Ausflug zum Wannsee
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City, country, river - Berlin! They do not fit together? You bet: Berlin is one of the greenest metropolises. Here you will find numerous rivers, lakes, parks and many other destinations.

Berlin is a city brimming with lakes and rivers – the most famous are the Spree, Havel and Landwehrkanal as well as Müggelsee and Wannsee. Every Berliner has their favourite place by the water. Take a look and find your relaxing haven.You can even attend events in nature in Berlin.

Berlin offers you parks and gardens, but also forests and hiking routes – discover the green side of the German capital and set out to actively explore the city and its surroundings. From the Schöneberger Südgelände nature park to the natural bob sleigh track on the Marzahn Kienberg – we will show you the most beautiful natural places in Berlin and Brandenburg. Just follow your desire for discovery!

Let yourself go: Berlin by the water

The best way to become acquainted with the lake landscape around Berlin is on a boat ride . Or you can drive through the middle of the city and directly along the sights. You can also rent a boat or charter a boat to explore your own ways.

And speaking of water: Even though Berlin is almost at the sea, pack your swimming trunks and go to one of the many lakes in and around Berlin, e.g. Wannsee, Schlachtensee or Müggelsee. There you will find beaches and natural bathing places. Our swimming map shows you the shortest routes to the most beautiful lakes.

Our ultimate tip: stand-up paddling on the Spree at the Molecule Men artwork.

Bootstour auf der Spree im Frühling

Boat trips & Spree Cruises

  • Boat trips on the Spree  (1h or 3h)
  • Bridge tours incl. Museum Island & Reichstag
  • Hop-on Hop-off Tours by boat (24h or 48h flex tickets)

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Our 11 favourite places in the Berlin nature

Volkspark Friedrichshain
Treptower Park
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Treptow Park

Sunbathing on the lawn or a trip on a pedal boat? Treptower Park means summer in Berlin down by the river.

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Müggelsee in Berlin
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Freibad Müggelsee

The “east’s counterpart” to the Wannsee, with lido, beach volleyball, covered beach chairs, playground, and well suited for kids, as there is an additional shallow zone. In summer, the open-air swimming area counts as one of the most popular excursion destinations of Berlin.

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Beach and swimming area Wannsee in Berlin
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Strandbad Wannsee

For more than 100 years, the place for bathing culture in Berlin. Covered beach chair rentals, water slide, vast sunbathing areas on the beach and in the park—here no wishes remain unfulfilled.

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Schlachtensee in Berlin
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The Schlachtensee lies in the southwestern part of Berlin, in the middle of the forest, between Krumme Lanke and Wannsee. And it is not only because of its good travel connections a popular excursion destination.

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waterfall in Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg
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A mountain waterfall, a vineyard and a national memorial – you can find it all in Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg.

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Lake Tegeler See in Berlin
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Tegeler See

Situated in the north of Berlin, with a surface area of 4.6 square-kilometres, is Berlin’s second largest lake—and one of the most beautiful: the Tegeler See.

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Britzer Garten in Berlin
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Britzer Garten

The site of the Federal Garden Show 1985 is now one of the most attractive recreational areas in Berlin. At the Britzer Garden, there are many way to spend your leisure time in a relaxed manner.

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Drachenberg and Teufelsberg in Berlin
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When the Berlin Wall still stood, the Grunewald was the largest forested area in the western part of the city, and often enough, overrun by strollers and bike riders. Today the 3,000-hectare large forest is a relaxing place for walks.

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Excursion destinations in Berlin and the surrounding area

Berlin has such a plethora of green spaces that you can find parks and gardens for relaxation almost anywhere in the city – whether in the middle of the city or in the neighbourhoods such as the parks in Pankow, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. There you can relax from sightseeing or go for a walk. Britzer Garten, Treptower Park and Tempelhofer Feld are just three of Berlin's numerous parks.

You will be amazed by small hidden oases in the Berlin districts and neighbourhoods. Yes, that's Berlin too! From hiking routes and small detours into nature to day trips to Brandenburg – we have compiled our tips and recommendations for you.

How about bike rides out of the city and into the nature? You are sure to find inspiration in our more than 50 tour suggestions.

Cycling at the Müggelsee in Berlin

Berlin by bike

Discover the city by bike

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  • Bike tour suggestions
  • Tickets for bike tours

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Feasting in nature – it tastes much better this way

Places for outings, restaurants by the water or a picnic in the park – food tastes particularly good in the countryside or by the water.

Whether you are just taking a breather, looking for a rest area on your hiking or cycling tour, or planning a trip to Brandenburg, here you will find our tips for a banquet in nature.   

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Tips from the editors for your trip into the Berlin nature

Our blog editors have the best insider tips – also for your outdoor activities in and around Berlin. Let yourself be inspired.


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