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A Road Trip to Werbellinsee – Lush Landscapes and Crystal Clear Waters

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

Car 60 min
Berlin city centre 60 km
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The Slope

We’re brimming with excitement as we picture the dense forests, cool breeze, and tree-lined stroll that lie ahead. We leave Berlin via the A11 head in the direction of Joachimsthal. Our first destination is the first spot featured in our Berlin Edition. We’re especially fond of the view of the water and surrounding woodlands from this slope on the lake’s northern shore. We spread out our picnic blankets and relax to the sight of the expansive scenery.

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The Lawn

After two hours of lazing around on the grass, counting fluffy clouds as they slowly drift by, we head back to the car and set out to pay a visit to two further bathing spots. We find a parking spot close to the main lawn. This is usually an ideal location to gather with friends for a beach volleyball day. Since we’re only travelling in twos at the moment, we take a little stroll over to the other lawn listed in the book instead and dip our feet into the water. To our delight, it’s surprisingly empty here for a Sunday.

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The Youth Camp

EJB, the youth camp at Werbellinsee, is expected to open again on May 25th. Nevertheless, we can’t resist stopping by here to take a quick peek. In summer, families come here during the day to get their dose of fun in the sun at the camp’s playground. The water at the end of the dock is relatively deep, meaning that as soon as the water gets a tad bit warmer again, you’ll be able to dive in headfirst.

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The Clearing and Dock

If you walk north from the youth camp, you’ll eventually come to a clearing in the forest. This large lawn offers plenty of space to spread out your blankets. Most of the shore is overgrown with vegetation and a wooden dock extending into the water saves you from having to fight your way through dense foliage.

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Directions Spot 4

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As Theodor Fontane famously stated, ‘Where we are sitting is like a scene from a fairytale. We are sitting on the shore of Werbellin’. Looking out at the dark green forests and little clusters of visitors that form the lake’s landscapes, his words echo in our heads, and we can sense that summer is coming. The season’s first swimmers brave a dip in the lake’s cool waters while children happily build sandcastles on the shore. A couple of canoeists get ready to paddle out onto the lake. A lonesome man secures his hammock between two trees at the edge of the water.

Werbellinsee is located in the Schorfheide-Chorin UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is one of the largest and deepest lakes in Brandenburg, with a maximum depth of 55 m and a surface area of 7.95 km2. You have several bathing spots to choose from at this lake, each with its own flair. With our Berlin Edition in tow, we selected four of the best bathing spots from our book and paid each a visit. Some of our favourite places at Werbellinsee are the sections of shoreline that you can only reach on foot. Most of these smaller and more hidden spots are located on the lake’s southern shore and can be reached via a short stroll through the forest.

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Explore the surroundings

Schorfheide is renowned for its mixed woodlands and abundance of lakes, several of which are incidentally also featured in our book. That being said, be sure to check the charge on your battery before adding more stops to your road trip—you might need to add a tiny detour to a nearby charging station to your agenda if you want to make it back home to Berlin. North of Werbellinsee, we recommend stopping at Grimnitzsee or taking a stroll through Joachimsthal. And it’s certainly worth paying a visit to Buchenwald Grumsin which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Choose from any of these hiking trails and let yourself be impressed by the forest’s towering beech trees. Alternatively, you can also stop by Liepnitzsee or Wandlitzer See on your way home. Both are located just off the A11 highway that leads all the way back to Berlin.


Werbellinsee (Berlin Edition, p. 67)

Car 60 Min. | 60 km vom Berliner Zentrum | 16247 Joachimsthal

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