As we exit Bergstedt, we leave Hamburg’s metropolitan area and cross over into the surrounding countryside. Usually, whenever we find ourselves in this neck of the woods, we’re getting ready to let our thoughts wander in Duvenstedter Brook’s vast moors—one of Hamburg’s most biodiverse and breathtaking nature reserves. Today, however, our journey takes us to Bredenbek Teiche—a collection of natural lakes tucked away between fields and forests that characterise the landscape northeast of Hamburg.
It takes us about 45-minutes to arrive at our destination from the centre of Hamburg. We park our car in the designated parking space on the southwestern side of the nature reserve and set out for the westernmost lake on the map.
As we stroll along the path, we admire Alt Lindenhof’s stately grounds to our left and the glittering lake’s surface to our right. The reflections of fluffy clouds appear as if to dance atop the water; flocks of carefree birds bring life to the scenery from above.
Östliche Bredenbeker Teiche
The parking lot in the forest is also an excellent location to explore the lakes that are located to the east. A somewhat hidden and lesser-known path leads through the narrow isthmus that separates the lakes from each other. Using the trees as our guide, we navigate our way to the large gap in the greenery. We always plan a stopover here to watch the waves as they gently lap up against the lake’s grassy shoreline.
The shorelines on the opposite side of the lake emanate a sense of calm with their thick forests and dense reeds. We lose ourselves in the lake’s vastness—undisturbed views of the waters greet us around every bend. One could spend hours drifting along the path that winds its way along the water’s edge and leads to even more bays and sparkling lakes.