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A Road Trip to Flakensee – White Sand & Pristine Waters

Today, we’re taking you along with us for a little road trip to Bernsteinsee.

Car 45 min
Berlin city centre 32 km
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The Pine Beach

Our navigation confirms that, if we keep heading east, we’ll reach our destination. We enter the coordinates for the first bathing spot into our phone (you’ll find a link to these further down). We cruise along the B1 via Hoppegarten and make our way down towards Müggelsee (we’ve already decided that we’ll stop by here briefly on our way back). In total, it takes just under 45 minutes to get to Flakensee, tucked away between Erkner and Woltersdorf like a blue gemstone. We park our car and make our way to the sandy clearing surrounded by pines on the western side of the lake. You can lie down directly on the beach or rest on one of the grassier areas. Depending on the time of day, you’ll also find plenty of shade under the tall pine trees. We let our gaze drift to the shoreline on the other side of Flakensee, marked by wooded surroundings, a handful of houses, and a white sandy beach. The pristine scenery beckons us to set out toward the other side of the lake’s glistening waters.

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The Sloped Beach

On Flakensee’s eastern shore, a sloped beach invites you to recline. Step by step, Flakensee draws you down the incline and into its waters. Dip your feet in and enjoy the lush scenery. Following the path north you’ll come to the third spot.

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The Rope Swing

At the third spot, there isn’t much space to lie down, it does, however, come with a unique perk—a rope tree swing. It’s endlessly fun throwing yourself off the swing and into the water. Just be mindful of the fact that the water isn’t very deep. This spot isn’t frequented by many visitors and you could end up having it entirely to yourself.

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So far, we’ve driven north of Berlin to explore Bernsteinsee and west to explore Lieper Bucht along Havel River. Today, we’re heading 30 km east of the city to relax on Flakensee’s sandy shores. The landscape flutters by on the other side of the windshield; clusters of trees quickly replace the little rows of houses en route. By the time we approach Flakensee’s shimmering, blue waters, we can barely contain our excitement. 

Flakensee is located on land which transitions from the Barnim Plateau to the Berlin-Fürstenwalde Spree Valley Lowland. It has a surface area of 0.67 km2 and a maximum depth of 8 m. This beautiful, clear lake features three bathing spots, each of which promises a wonderful day by the water.

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Feeling the urge to stretch our legs for a bit, we start our day trip with a scenic stroll around the lake, paying a visit to the three bathing spots listed in our book along the way. Once our feet begin to tire, we settle for a sunny place in the sand and spend the rest of the afternoon sunbathing, picnicking, reading, and dreaming up plans for the months to come. Before heading home, we stop by Strandbad Müggelsee to take in the sunset from the steps.

If you’re eager to explore more, we also recommend the 10-minute drive from Flakensee over to Werlsee (Berlin Edition | East | P. 119). A little island called Liebesinsel is idyllically situated in the middle of the lake.


Flakensee (Berlin Edition, S. 97)

Car: 45 min. | Location: 32 km from Berlin city centre | Erkner

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