What you need to know about Spandau
If you land at Tegel Airport, you fly in over Spandau. From the air, Berlin’s most westerly borough largely appears to be meadows and green forests. The waters of the River Havel and large and smaller lakes glitter in the sunlight.
And this birds’-eye-view is not an illusion – Spandau’s forests are perfect for cyclists and hikers, and the lakes ideal for swimmers and canoeists. The water quality is excellent, with many lake shore and river beaches packed with local families in summer. If you’ve always wanted to paddle your own canoe, then this your chance! Hire a kayak or canoe and glide down the narrow meandering channels of the River Havel past lush meadows and areas of natural beauty – stopping for a picnic on the shores of the forested Pichelswerder peninsula. Sports and countryside fans also enjoy cycling along the River Havel, stopping now and then to dip their feet in the water. On the way north, you can also find a fascinating piece of Berlin history – an old East German watchtower.
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