Hike: Krumme Lanke

11.6 km loop around Krumme Lanke [Tour Link]

Krumme Lanke is a lake in the south west of Berlin on the edge of the Grunewald forest. After Nikolassee and the neighbouring Schlachtensee, it is the southernmost of the Grunewald chain of lakes. Though crowded, the wide path that runs the entire circuit around the lake made it easy to navigate in our group.

Said the robin to the sparrow,
“I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.”
Said the sparrow to the robin,
“Friend I think that it must be,
That they have no Heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me.”
― Elizabeth Cheney

The beginning and end of the loop was at the strangely named “Onkel Toms Hütte” U-Bhf stop.

According to a history of Berlin subway stations, a local resident named Thomas opened a biergarten in the 1880s, on the edge of Grünewald forest. To help visitors stay dry, he built several huts that were apparently nicknamed “Tom’s cabins,” and they are said to have reminded visitors of the novel. The name spread to a nearby street, still called Onkel-Tom-Straße.

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