One hour drive from Berlin brings you to an UNESCO protected area, the Biosphärenreservat Schorfheide. It contains the biggest continuous forest area in Germany, about 240 lakes, 1000 moorlands and natural grasslands. The Wildpark Schorfheide was constructed within the idea of this protected area and it shelters animals which are or have been domestic in this landscape. The animals live in vast enclosures on an area of approximately 105 ha. Visitors can walk around between the species-appropriate enclosures on walking trails.
If you want to go there: It’s next to Groß Schönbeck or Zerpenschleuse and the entry for adults is 7€, for children 4,50 €.
Animals to see: goats, otters, peacocks, rabbits, wild boars and pigs, wild horses, different kinds of cattle, deer, bisons, mooses, mufflons, wolves, raccoons and the very rare lynx. Enjoy the photos!
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: Bernauer Strasse – Uferpromenade – over the Borsigdammbrücke – Greenwichpromenade – Tegeler Hafenbrücke – until the “archaic Archangel” – and back / Distance: 8,5 km / from city center: 14 km / northwest / Weather: 22 °C, sunny with massive clouds / Camera: Nikon D90, 35 mm lens
Natural an diverse forests, stunning lake views, a picturesque village, a real sandy beach at Bernsteinsee and at the end of your hike you can have a coffee sitting in the sun at wonderful wake and camp headquarters an admire the wakeboarders. Or maybe do it yourself?
Location: Wake-and-Camp am Ruhlesee near Sophienstädt – small path between Ruhlesee and Kiessee – along Blauer See – along the northern shore of Eiserbuder See – along the western shore of Bukowsee – Sophienstädt – along the western shore of Bernsteinsee (wrongly named Kiessee on the map) – back to Wake-and-Camp / Distance: 12,5 km / from city center: 50 km / north / Weather: 20 °C, rainy and cloudy / Camera: Nikon D90, 18-200 mm lens
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
Today during all my hike, I saw no human being but I heard millions of birds singing, squeaking and ranting. I think they are all – like me – waiting and knowing that spring will soon arrive.
At Wehrmühle, after I saw this magnificent and surprising piece of architecture, I met an old lady who told me that she isn’t a fan of the new building at all. Her mother and 7 more families lived there once and she misses the times when there was plenty of live (as the new owner is only here for very little time during the year), flowers in the garden and when the waste collection service came up to her house because today she has to bring her trash can 400m to the entry of the settlement. More pictures of the house