5 Idyllic Nature Hikes Around Berlin

Reconnect with nature without straying too far from the city lights.



Wannsee Wannsee is a great place to go for the day if you want to swap the grey concrete of inner city Berlin for leafy green woodlands and a magnificent lake. This adventure takes you through a variety of the nature in the Wannsee area, making it more interesting than if you were to just stick to the lakeshore. Beginning and ending at Wannsee S bahn station, head west along the Griebnitzsee, crossing over to Düppeler Forst just before you come to Glienicker Lake. Continue in a clockwise direction around the shoreline of Düppeler Forst, passing Glienicker Park on your right hand side and großer Wannsee lake on your left. Cross over the Kleiner Wannsee, then go across Großes Fenn, before crossing over the river once again, passing a campsite on your right. Continue on through dense forest, before entering a residential area, when you will quickly find yourself back at your starting point, the Wannsee S-Bahn station. Creative Commons: Attribution

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Berlin is a fantastically green city... well, once winter’s grey sky has lifted and summer is in full bloom! 18% of Berlin is forest, and 23% is composed of bodies of water, parks, and farmland, which are pretty high percentages for a capital. Its vast amount of beautiful freshwater lakes make it the largest water landscape in all of Germany, together with the neighbouring region of Brandenburg. So although Berlin may be extremely flat and developed, it still provides its residents with a lot of opportunities to escape the concrete and immerse themselves in the natural world.

There's a tremendous number of lovely parks in Berlin, but if you want to go a step further into greenery and the great outdoors, then try these hikes in Berlin’s wilder patches of nature. All the hikes listed in this guidebook are reachable by the S-Bahn from Berlin.


Wannsee Loop

Explore the Wannsee area by foot on a 4-5 hour hike through forests, across rivers, and next to the Großer Wannsee lake.

Kleinmachnow Loop

An easygoing walk in the countryside around the historic border town Kleinmachnow.