Setting out from the centre of Berlin we head north and it only takes us half an hour to drive to Gorinsee. This little lake, with its oval-shaped surface, is 0.21 km2 large and two-metres deep. Tall trees lining the lake’s shore provide plenty of shade for sunbathers. A rectangular lawn invites you to relax on the grass not far from the car park. Thick clusters of reeds guard the edges of an open area from which swimmers can access the water. Though these waters can get quite turbid at times, Gorinsee makes up for its murky appearance with excellent water quality.
We spread out our belongings at a nice, little spot on the edge of the shore under the shade of a large oak tree. The view from here is stunning. We scan Gorinsee’s shoreline for all the smaller bathing spots and entry points that pop up between the reeds. Sheltered from the sun, we watch the branches sway in the wind, children playing in the sand, and the bright rays dancing to the rhythm of the waves on the lake’s glistening surface. Frequent dips in these cool waters prove themselves as the perfect escape from the 30-degree heat. After a light lunch, we embark on a mindful stroll through the forest, stopping by some of the more secluded bathing spots along the way.
Back at the main beach, ice creams at the snack bar make for the perfect treat. The adjoining restaurant serves cold refreshments and simple comfort foods, best enjoyed from the terrace overlooking the lake. Feeling satiated and having had our fill of sun for the day, we decide to head home as afternoon closes in.
It’s not hard to uphold social distancing guidelines at quiet spots, lonesome lakes, and enchanting bays. Especially in times of isolation and uncertainty, we’re grateful that we still have the opportunity to explore the beauty that lies beyond our city’s borders. Our trusty Berlin Edition is always here to lead the way.