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.
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