Hike Halloween: Brandenburg

8.4 kilometer loop in Brandenburg which featured lakes, forests, and the abandoned Schloss Dammsmühle. [Tour Link] This hike focused on three lakes (including Mühlenbecker See) and the abandoned neo-baroque Dammsmühle Castle. Dammsmühle is right on the mill pond and although the renovation scafolding ruined the mood, it is still a perfect spooky backdrop. Originally built in 1650 a s a hunting lodge, the list of former residents ranges from Napoleon and the SS to the Red Army. From January to July 1943, 20 to 25 prisoners from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp were used for construction and maintenance work.[4] Shortly before the end…

Hike: Birkenwerder

This was my first trip into the Briesetal, which quickly became my favorite place to hike. The sheer size of the forest is impressive and with many paths shooting in all directions, it is easy to explore. I was especially struck by the Bäume im Wasser (Erlenbruchwald) at the Briese which is something very special and rare. The Alter Forest area,  the Erlenbruchwald was once the most widespread habitat in the Spreewald.