Since you cannot visit Teufelsberg (Devils’ Mountain) without those boring and expensive guides anymore I haven’t been there. In fact, Grunewald is still a green beauty above all. The cake at Ökowerk is fantastic and we took a short swim in the very cold and refreshing Teufelssee (Devils’ Lake) together with – apparently – the rest of Berlin 🙂
Location: Teufelsseechaussee – Drachenberg – around Teufelsberg – Teufelssee and back on the Teufelsseechaussee / Distance: 6 km / Weather: 27 °C, sunny / Camera: iPhone 6
Location: Schmöckwitz – eastern shore of Zeuthener See – western shore of Großer Zug – western shore of Krossinsee – southern shore of Oder Spree Kanal – southern shore of Seddinsee – Schmöckwitz / Distance: 15 km / Weather: 7-15 °C, cloudy, rainy, windy, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 35mm lens
Location: Spitzmühle – western shore of Fängersee – Friedrich-Schiller-Höhe – eastern shore of Straussee – back to Fängersee – Spitzmühle / Distance: 10 km / from city center: 37,5 km/south east / Weather: 16 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 55-300mm lens
Location: Prieroser Straße (Klein Köris?) – Hölzerner See – Schmöldesee eastern shore – Streganzer See – Dahme – Prieroser Straße / Distance: 16 km / from city center: 55 km / east / Weather: 17 °C, sunny, some clouds / Animals spotted: 20 deers, 2 boarhounds, ducks, swans, egrets / Camera: Nikon D90, 35mm lens
The first part of the road was rather boring and I already thought that this would become one of those “lost hikes” because after some kilometers I still didn’t see the lake which I was circling and I was still on a boring dirt road through the forest. But after a camping ground named “Naturfreunde Schmöldesse” it was finally possible to go down to the lake and there was a small single trail not indicated in the map which I took all along the lovely Schmöldesee.
The most beautiful part of the hike was the trail around the small lakes after Streganzer See. An enchanted place with marshland forests, millions of chanting birds, buzzing insects and swans silently crossing the lakes.
The following shores of Dahme river are also very beautiful, but you have to leave the road again and again and I didn’t have the time anymore because the sun went down earlier than I tought it would.
Just before the hotel “Waldhaus” there was a path indicated on my map which didn’t exist in reality and I had to bushwhack until I stood in the garden of the hotel. Same before the small lakes with an additional sign that this would be private land and that the area would be under video surveillance, which I think is rather not true.
This magic feeling when the sun burns your face for the first time of the year, when small waves swashing lazily onto the lakes shores and when all the birds are singing like crazy to salute the new season. This must be spring!
Location: Bahnhof Bad Saarow – Scharmützelsee – Markgrafensteine – Aussichtsturm – Sprungschanze – Bad Saarow / Distance: 15 km / from city center: 75,5 km/south east / Weather: 16 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 55-300mm lens