Berlin is a huge metropolis with millions of people, hustling and bustling, all striving to get where they need to be. Therefore, it is often desirable to get away to a quieter place, to relax a little and enjoy some peace. However, if you have booked a trip to Berlin you probably didn’t put much thought into where to find serenity outside of the city, so don’t worry – if your finding you need a rest, or are simply looking to experience more of Berlin than the usual tourist sites, we have the perfect guide.
Berlin has dozens of green spaces, parks and lakes, all perfect for a stroll and a quick reconnect with nature. Don’t be fooled, however, many of these quieter spots contain areas of staggering historical relevance, numerous memorial sites and even a cold-war spy station.
For example, the spy station atop Teufelsberg hill in the Grunewald forest, in the Charlottenburg district, is calming, engaging, interesting and exciting all in one. We recommend you grab some boots and take a stroll into the forest departing at Grunewald S-Bahn station and hiking through the nature. The trails are perfect for cyclists too, and even horse risers should that take your fancy. Tours of Teufelsberg are available, providing a fascinating history of this relic to Cold War espionage, and a wonderful day out for the whole family.
For those who are looking for some tranquility by the water, you can pretty much throw a dart at a map of Berlin blindfolded and never be far from hitting a lake. The lake Tegeler See is a charmingly tranquil getaway, near Berlin’s Tegel airport, as well as Berlin’s largest lake, the Mügelsee in the south east of the city.
You can read the full article on the Oh-Berlin blog, and gain more insights into day trips to escape the hustle and bustle of Berlin. Including public transport connections, help and advice, and even a peacock or two.