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Spandauer Forst
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Spandauer Forst

Hiking in the nature reserve

Just beyond Berlin’s Spandau district begins the Spandau Forest, where the noise of the city can hardly be heard. The three quagmires of Teufelsbruch, Großer Rohrpfuhl and Kleiner Rohrpfuhl are protected [wetlands resulting from drainage projects in the early twentieth century]. They are home to rare animal and plant species such as kingfishers, hawks and beavers.

Walk through the woods

Spandauer Forst
© wikimedia, Foto: Leonhard Lenz (CCBY-SA4-0)

Starting at the Aalenmann Canal in Spandau, a path takes you 31 kilometres along the Spandau Forest through the Staaken neighbourhood, past leech fields no longer in use to the banks of the Havel at Gatow. From there, the trail winds along the riverbank and offers wonderful views of the river. Passing the heath known as Gatower Heide and the manor estate known as Gutspark Neu-Kladow, you will reach the waterfront in Alt-Kladow. The cafés and beer gardens in this neighbourhood offer lovely spots to stop for some refreshment. You can board the ferry here to take you across the Havel past the small island of Imchen and then across the Wannsee. Or you can opt to explore the rest of trail on this side of the river, walking along the waterfront for another 2.5 km to the border with Spandau and then catch the Berlin Wall Trail there. You can catch the S-Bahn at Staaken and Wannsee stations.