Berlin Day Hike: The Havel From Above On The Havelhöhenweg

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

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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.

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Zeltplatz Kollm-Nord

Peacefulness After The Rain

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Spitzmühle

Berlin Day Hike: Golden Sunday in Spitzmühle

Yeah, the days are getting shorter and darker. But there is still this kind of autumn magic when warm sun rays hit the yellow and red trees. The golden days of autumn.

Location: Postbruch near Straußberg – Bötzsee – Spitzmühle – Fängersee – Kesselsee – and back on the opposite shores / Distance: 17 km / Weather: 13 °C, sunny

Bötzsee:

 

Fängersee:

 

Kesselsee:
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The Big Nothingness in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

This time it was no continuous hike but an extensive 2-day-getaway to Northern Germany. Everything is calm and vast and the horizon always seams to be days away.

 

Südvorpommern: imageimageimageimageimageimageimage

 

Roadtrip:

 

Stettiner Haff:

 

Mecklenburgische Seenplatte:

 

Berlin Day Hike: The Lustrous Clay Lakes of Zehdenick

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. 

The lakes:

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The industry museum:

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The tour group:

 

Landscapes:

 

The slowworm:

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And the sunset:

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The tour:

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Fürst Pückler Park: The Legacy Of A Crazy Nobleman

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.

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The tour group:

 

The park:

 

 

 

 

Crossing the Neiße (I’m denying myself any further comment) ;-):

 

The castle of poor and miserable Prince Pückler:

 

And a short look behind the Polish border: