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Nikolassee Loop with the US NSA Station Teufelsberg

A historically impressive and scenic hike through thick forests and along the banks of beautiful lakes.

Hiking Moderate

24 km
378 m
377 m
5-6 hrs
Low Point
30 m
High Point
114 m
Nikolassee Loop with the US NSA Station Teufelsberg Map

In addition to beautiful forests and the main attraction of the NSA station this hike contains beaches, a beautiful beer garden, a lookout tower and many more gems along the way.


The route is easily accessed from Berlin by taking the S7 to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof and leaving at Nikolassee station. There are many mini variations to the route as the path network is extensive however I would be sure to hit the listed highlights. The route can also be done in both directions however I would recommend completing it anti-clockwise as the final part will be most impressive and not feel like a chore at the end of the full day's hike.

The hike starts by walking along the banks of the Schlachtensee and then the Krumme Lanke which has a vacation feel as the houses along the river are unique and you will come across many active people.

You pass the Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee which is a great beer garden and restaurant with a view of the lake. If you decide to do the hike clockwise, then this is a perfect place to stop off last.

You will then head to NSA Station Teufelsberg. This is is mostly impressive because of the history but also take a moment to absorb the views of Berlin. There are often guided tours, but recently these have stopped and the entrance has closed, so be sure to research beforehand.

This is a full days hike with long stretches without food or water, so be prepared beforehand. This is also a popular area for mountain bikers so keep an eye out for those too



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.


  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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