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Why Borgsdorf is my Favorite

Entering the Briesetal has quickly become my Sunday routine. A beautiful, tranquil forest that is right off of the S-Bahn.


Hike: Why Borgsdorf is my Favorite

I’ve taken a half dozen hikes starting from Borgsdorf into the Briesetal forest. The Briesetal was mined by glacier movements during the Ice Age and cut through by the river Briese. Along a three hour hike you can see the glacier dunes, pristine forest that are milled nearby, wild trees, and a fairy-tale marshland. Given…

Hike: Straussee

12.03 kilometers through the Ruheforst Strausberg, Herrensee, and Straussee.  [Tour Link] The “Ruheforst” Strausberg is a forest cemetery where people can be buried in a tree. At first the plaques are easy to miss, but once you know what they are demand attention. The area was lined with informational plaques on details of the forest…

Hike: Grunewald Heerstraße

Grunewald is located in the western side of Berlin on the east side of the Havel. On this frosty day in January I hiked up to the Drachenberg, a hill that provides an excellent vantage point for looking out over the city. This hike was all about elevation change, which was refreshing after so many…

Hike: Tegeler See

There used to be a busy industrial port here, but the operation largely came to a standstill with the division of Germany. The first conversion took place in the 1980s: as part of the international building exhibition, new residential buildings were built by well-known architects. In the meantime, the old harbor with its idyllic location…

Hike: Christmas at Tegeler Fließ

Tegeler Fließ is the name of the river at the former GDR Border. Despite it raining on me for must of the trip, this hike spanned an impressive landscape. The moors were speckled with informational signs on plants, birds, and other wildlife. When I have more time, and it’s not constantly raining on me, it…

Hikes & Trains

As November hikes were less structured it seems like a great opportunity to discuss the ease of accessing natural space via public transit. On the outskirts of Berlin lie wide fields, dense forests, quiet river valleys and picturesque lake landscapes — many easily accessible via the S-Bahn (think Metro North). One of the school fees…

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…

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…

Drawing the City

While museums were still open during COVID, I was able to visit the Berlinische Galerie. This exhibit focuses in on the city of Berlin works on paper from 1945 until today. The fascination of international artists for the modern metropolis is always alive and present in the art that has been created in Berlin since…

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…

Hike: Lieper Bucht

Lindwerder, also called Gatower Lindwerder, is a small one. oval island in the Havel. In addition to the Müggelsee Yacht Club, there is also a restaurant on the island. 

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