Werbellinsee, one hour north of Berlin, is one of the clearest lakes I ever saw in the region. As we had a short stay at Schorfheide, we were able to have a 6km hike very early in the day. As I’m not a morning person, I always miss this perfect, pinkish, misty and still clear light […]
Now it’s undeniable—the dark winter times are coming. Since I hike and photograph, I experienced a change in mindset when looking at the weather: Through the lens every kind of weather is beautiful and has it’s charming parts. Very bright sunshine can eliminate all shadows and makes landscapes flat and boring, while raindrops on the […]
A wonderful hike along Havel river through Grunewald, Germanys biggest city forest.
Read something about the very moved history of the beautiful island of Schwanenwerder at the entrance of the island.
On the island, during Nazi era, Goebbels, Speer and other leaders “bought” – for more or less symbolic prices – Villas from Jews.
In 1933 when the first edition of Monopoly appeared in Germany, the most expensive road wasn’t Schloßstrasse like it is today but Inselstrasse, upon which Goebbels banned the game.
Maybe you can have a cappuccino in one of the sailing clubs overviewing the Havel. But at the end it’s Berlin. You never know before trying 🙂
Gaze at the other shore of Havel river trough Großes Fenster and have a look at Grunewalds oldest oak tree in the garden of the lifesavers station.
If you do it in summer, bring insect repellent.
The only downer is that you will always hear some slight traffic noises even when already in dense underbrush. But man, you’re still in the city! What do you want?
Location: Strandbad Wannsee – crossing Inselstraße to Schwanenwerder – along Havel – Großes Fenster – Havelhöhenweg – Havelberg – E-Gestell – back to Strandbad Wannsee / Distance: 10,5 km / from city center: 20 km / South West / Weather: 22 °C, sunny and a little cloudy / Camera: Nikon D90, 35 mm lens
Sorry, the recording didn’t work between Schwanenwerder and Großes Fenster. You’ll find the old oak tree approximately where the red line begins and crosses the green line.
Location: Starting at Buch on the Berlin/Brandenburg border, Gorinsee, Hobrechtsfelde, Buch / Distance: 14 km / Weather: 14 °C, unsettled / A nice hike very close to Berlin. We saw a lot of horses. Next to Gorinsee Beach there is a typical German restaurant. They serve very good rustic venison in huge quantities and there is a huge taxidermy of […]
Location: Burgwall – Mögelinstich – Ziegeleipark – Döbertstich – Radkestich – Campingplatz Wilde Heimat and back on the other side / Distance: 15 km / Animals spotted: a lot of horses and a slowworm / Special feature: Frequently you walk an a small land crossing between two lakes. Make a stop at campsite “Wilde Heimat”. It’s a wonderful place.
Location: Fürst Pückler Park, Bad Muskau, Leknicka (Poland) / Weather: April in August, sunny & rainy / Distance: 10 km / Animals spotted: some deer jumping out of the woods / Special feature: First time during a hike that I crossed a countries border and first time that I have been to Poland.
The tour group:
Crossing the Neiße (I’m denying myself any further comment) ;-):
Location: Köthen – Triftsee – Mittelsee – Schwanensee – Wehlaberg – Mittelssee – Pichersee – Köthener See / Weather: 27°C, sunny / Distance: 11 km / We spotted some grass snakes (natrix natrix) lying in the sun next to Mittelsee and have been really flashed by the size of the Tropical Island building seen from the look-out […]