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Out into Berlin's nature

Discover the green sides of the city

Berlin. Auch das. Entspannen.
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Berlin is more than just a city.
Many people don’t realise that Berlin also has such surprisingly diverse green spaces – ideal for relaxation, recreation and fun! And that perfectly complements the widespread image of this metropolis. Across the city, there are rivers, lakes, parks and a host of other green attractions, all in easy reach. You can even visit outdoor events in the green surroundings!

Let yourself go: Berlin by the water

In Berlin, you are never far from the water – with its many lakes, including the spreading Müggelsee and Wannsee, as well as the Spree and Havel Rivers and the Landwehr Canal. Every Berliner has their own waterside favourite. If you enjoy active discovery, explore Berlin’s many waterways and lakes from the water, in a kayak or on a water tour. If taking it easy is more your thing, check out Berlin’s many beaches. Here, everyone can find their favourite place to relax!
Berlin – and all this too.

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.

Our 11 favourite places in the Berlin nature

Volkspark Friedrichshain
With canoe and kayak on the Spree at the Abteibrücke in Berlin Treptow
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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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With the rowing boat on the 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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Sailboats on 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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This trail runs along the River Wuhle from Ahrensfelde to the river’s confluence with the River Spree. This pleasant river with clear waters and small fish is at the core of the Wuhle Valley, a park-like place for rest and refreshment in the city.

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Tips from the editors for your trip into the Berlin nature

We have the best insider tips - also for your outdoor adventures, bike tours and nature excursions in Berlin. Let us inspire you.


Cycling at the Müggelsee in Berlin

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Excursion destinations in Berlin and the surrounding area

A wealth of parks and gardens, woods and forests – all waiting for you in and around Berlin. To explore the city’s green, take one of the many walking trails or follow your own route on a relaxing bike tour.  And you can discover all the many attractive facets of the green sides of the city anytime. Berlin’s green spaces are quite unique – from the Schöneberger Südgelände nature park to the nature bobsleigh run on Marzahn’s Kienberg hill!
Berlin – and all this too.

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.

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.

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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