Guidebook

Bike or Hike to Berlin's Dazzling Lakes

Spend a sunny afternoon exploring Berlin's best lakes, from the most famous to the lesser-known, all within easy reach of the city centre.

Description

Berlin is renowned for its dark underground boxes pumping with techno, but it has just as many places of space and peace—thousands of vast, glistening lakes. Known as “the land of 3,000 lakes” together with the neighbouring region of Brandenburg, Berlin is home to the largest water landscape in Germany, giving Berliners the chance to very easily jump out of the city and dive into a natural oasis.

The lakes closest to the central districts are, of course, far more popular—in fact, they're often extremely crowded on the hottest days of summer. But they’re still good to go to if you want a short pedal out after work to meet with friends and watch the sunset, relatively hassle-free. A little further away from the city, the possibilities of lakeside peace and tranquillity become endless. Hop on a train to Brandenburg, and you will hit lake after lake, often without seeing another soul.

This guidebook has a series of rides and hikes to the most delightful lakes in and around Berlin. The lakes and routes have been cherry-picked by a local, and the list covers all areas within easy access from the north, south, east, and west of the city. Read through, and you will find that there is a Berlin lake for every summer mood and occasion: Sunday BBQ, naked swim, boat ride, long peaceful walk, time alone in nature, or feeling Berlin’s buzzing celebratory atmosphere.

Templin Lake Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Templin Lake Loop

11.6 km
52 m
52 m
Walk around a series of lakes in a charming Medieval town not far from Berlin.
Easy
Private
Wannsee Grunewaldturm Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Wannsee Grunewaldturm Loop

Berlin
71.9 km
541 m
541 m
Bike through a forest, past a historical tower, and around one of Berlin's most famous lakes.
Easy
Private
Teufelsee
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Teufelsee

Berlin
0 - 1 hrs
4.4 km
51 m
51 m
A pleasant walk through Grunewald forest to Teufelssee, the “Devil’s Lake.”
Easy
Private
Kaulsdorfer Seen
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kaulsdorfer Seen

Berlin
1 - 2 hrs
9.0 km
40 m
42 m
Walk around 3 tranquil lakes in East Berlin.
Easy
Private
Müggelsee Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Müggelsee Loop

Berlin
3 - 4 hrs
18.1 km
33 m
33 m
A circular walk around a beautiful lake with many reasons to break along the way.
Easy
Private
Großer Werder loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Großer Werder loop

Berlin
2 - 3 hrs
12.0 km
79 m
79 m
An easy, half day hike around a beautiful lake with an option to ferry across to the island
Easy
Private