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Drachenberg and Teufelsberg in Berlin
View on Teufelsberg from Drachenberg © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Grunewald

Rejuvenating walks on the edge of the city

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.

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, it has become much quieter in the “Green Forrest”. But it is still beautiful. All through the year, the 3,000-hectare large forest is a relaxing place for walks. To the west, the forest is bounded by the Havel. There, the peninsula Schildhorn is located with a memorial of the Slavic Prince Jaczo, who here hung shield and horn on a tree and supposedly converted to Christendom. Somewhat further south, with a ferry, one can cross over to the small Lindwerder island. Or, one climbs up the Karlsberg and from out of the Grunewaldturm enjoys a wonderful view over the Havel and Wannsee. From the Teufelsberg, one has an equally magnificent view over the Grunewald and the bordering town areas, which is situated at the northern edge of the Grunewald. Next to the Müggelbergen, it is, with its 115 meters, the highest elevation in Berlin. In winter, the mountain is used as a ski-slope and toboggan run. At all other times of the year, hang-gliders fly in the sky here. Here you will also find Berlin's oldest palace - a Renaissance hunting lodge Jagdschloss Grunewald.