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A Road Trip to Havel River – Forest Walks & Sandy Bays

Today, we’re taking you along with us for a little road trip to the water’s edge.

Car 30 Min.
Berlin city centre 20 km
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Lieper Bucht

For our first trip, we set out from Mitte, Berlin. We exit the city via the A115 motorway and drive along Havelchaussee toward Unterhavel until we reach Lieper Bucht’s parking lot

With our dog, Sonny, in tow, we park our car and embark from a small beach on the southern side of the bay. To our right, a towering cluster of trees perched on a ridge makes for an impressive sight. To our left, the little island Lindwerder rests quietly in the water. If you’re interested in going for a short stroll on the island, keep a lookout for a bell. A small ferry will respond to its ring and can transport you ashore in just a few minutes.

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On the Jetty

Back on land, we continue north along the path through the forest that follows the reeded shoreline. Arriving at a little lawn, gaps in the reeds beckon us to dip our feet into the water. Continuing further, we arrive at a long, sandy beach where we stop to rest under the shade of a giant tree. We keep heading north where a beach with a pier close to Grunewald Tower awaits our arrival. If it’s open when you come, we recommend taking a tour of the tower. You can also make your way further into the forest from here. After another hour on our feet, we are ready to turn around and head back toward our car along the shoreline.

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Between the Grass & the Reeds

If, on the other hand, you head south from Lieper Bucht, you’ll come across a string of sunny spots where you’ll find plenty of space to lie down. It’s also well-worth exploring some of the other bodies of water in the areaKrumme Lanke, Schlachtensee, Teufelsee, and Wannsee, which is also connected to Havel River, are all nearby.

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Lieper Bucht

The sun’s rays peek through the pines and warm up the sand on the banks of the bay. The wind sweeps across Unterhavel’s surface, causing the light to dance atop the soft waves. It’s only been 30 minutes since we left the city’s bustling streets behind us. Standing on Lieper Bucht’s shore, we rest our gaze on the horizon. Our thoughts begin to drift as we admire the sight of the expansive scenery.

Unterhavel is the river that runs through Steglitz-Zehlendorf. Looking onto the water, you could easily mistake it for a lake, which is why we snuck it into our Berlin Edition. The riverbank is lined with an array of places from which you can access the water. Thanks to the idyllic path that traces the waterfront through Grunewald Forest’s lush vegetation, this river remains one of our all-time favourite destinationsespecially on days when we only have time for a quick getaway to the water’s edge.

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Simply hop in a car with the person of your choosing. You’re also more than welcome to keep travelling with us in thought for the time being. As the lockdown persists, we will continue to provide you with inspiration and tips for regional day trips from our Berlin Edition. This spring, join us as we set out to explore Berlin and Brandenburg’s waters, and discover the marvel and wonder of nature near you.

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Unterhavel, Lieper Bucht (Berlin Edition – p. 209)

Car: 30 min. | Location: 20 km from Berlin city centre | 14193 Berlin


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