The view from the Müggelturm over the Müggelsee and all of Berlin is stunning. It's a great spot for a break while hiking through the Müggelberge hills.
Far from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but still in Berlin, albeit one of its most beautiful forested areas, sits the famous Müggelturm of Köpenick. The Müggelturm is a popular destination and ideal for a break during your hike or bike ride through the Müggelberge. From the observation deck 30 metres up, you can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of the nearby lake called the Großer Müggelsee, the dense forested landscape of Köpenick, and Berlin city centre and the surrounding region in the distance.
The History of the Müggelturm
Originally built in 1889 as an observation tower, it was rebuilt after a fire in 1961. After four years of extensive renovation, the Müggelturm will reopen on 1 May 2018. The 126 steps up to the observation platform can be climbed daily between 10 am and 4 pm. Drinks, ice cream and snacks are available for you every day from 10:00 to 20.00 in the restaurant Müggelturm-Baude and on the terrace.
Around the Müggelturm
The Müggelturm is surrounded by a natural recreation area. Tip: you should definitely walk the 3 km educational nature trail laid out on a platform around the enchanted Teufelssee. Mountain bikers might want to venture a descent along Berlin's only official downhill track at the weekend. But even watching from a safe distance is worth it! You can then continue hiking from here on to the Großer Müggelberg. At 114.7 metres above sea level, it might just be a big hill, but it's the highest natural point in all of Berlin. But what would a visit to Köpenick be without having seen the Großer Müggelsee. Not far from the Müggelturm is the lakeside restaurant Rübezahl, offering the kids a large adventure playground while you sip a refreshing Berliner Weisse. If you walk along the promenade to the left, you'll come upon the idyllic Friedrichshagen neighbourhood. If you head right, you'll come to the Kleiner Müggelsee.
Sports and Outdoor Offerings
The terrain around the Müggelturm is also popular with runners. TrailRunBerlin is an annual event where numerous sports enthusiasts show up to prove their strength and endurance. The 10 km cross-country run climbs a total of 350 m incline and requires excellent fitness. You can also hike and bike around the Müggelberge hills.
Directions to the Müggelturm
You can reach the Müggelturm easily by bike or car. There's a car park at the foot of the Müggelberg. If you don't want to climb the hill, we then recommend taking the Müggelturm-Express, a bus which will take you comfortably from the car park to the Müggelturm. By public transportation, take the bus X69 to the Rübezahl stop. Here are some other spots with great views in in Berlin.