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18 beautiful lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg Germany

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Berlin has plenty of romantic lakes where you can swim, fish and do water sports. If you include the Brandenburg region, the number of bathing lakes in Berlin is well into four digits.

Below is a list of 18 of the largest and most popular lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg that you can get to without a car.

Map of lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

1. Wannsee (Steglitz-Zehlendorf)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

When in Berlin you have to to got the Berlin Wannsee. it is actually not an independent lake but an extensive bay on the Havel.

The Wannsee district of the same name is located in the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district in the extreme southwest of the capital and is one of the favorite excursion destinations for locals and visitors to the city.

The northern end of the Wannsee is in Spandau-Pichelsdorf.

LOCAL TIP: When people speak of the “Wannsee”, they usually mean the Große Wannsee – there is also the small Wannsee, which is also located in the district of the same name and connects the Großer Wannsee with the Pohlesee.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
sailing, surfing, boating, hiking, cycling, swimming, sightseeing


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2. Scharmützelsee (lake in Brandenburg)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Scharmützelsee lies between Frankfurt an der Oder and Berlin, south of Fürstenwalde / Spree in Brandenburg.

From the city limits of the capital it is about 60 km in a south-easterly direction; but the way is worth it.

With its wide range of leisure activities from surfing and kiting, sailing and diving , to fishing and swimming, the Scharmützelsee is one of the most popular bathing lakes and excursion destinations in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

In winter you can visit the wellness facilities at the Scharmützelsee.

FUN FACT: The name of the lake does not come from the term “skirmish” for a small battle, but most likely from the Slavic name for the buckthorn. In the High Middle Ages, the Slavs colonized eastern Germany and shaped it with their language and culture.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
swimming, surfing, hiking, boating, fishing, diving

3. Müggelsee (Treptow-Köpenick)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Müggelsee the largest lake in Berlin with about 7.4 km² of water.

When one speaks of Müggelsee, the large Müggelsee is generally meant, which must be clearly distinguished from the “small Müggelsee” associated with it. The latter is only 0.15 m² in size – you can still swim here.

Like most bathing lakes in the capital, the (large) Müggelsee belongs to the Treptow-Köpenick district.

Parts of the lake are in the districts of Köpenick, Friedrichshagen and Rahnsdorf.

The south bank of the small Müggelsee defines the border to the Müggelheim district.

FUN FACT: The Große Müggelsee is an inland waterway

Water quality :
good

Activities :
swimming, nudism, passenger shipping, sailing, surfing

4. Schlachtensee (Steglitz- Zehlendorf)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Schlachtensee lies between the Krummen Lanke and the Wannsee and is surrounded by a 7 km long wooded riverside path.

This makes it a popular place for long walks and hikes.

CAUTION: In some areas of the lake, swimming is not entirely safe due to the formation of hot springs.

Water quality :
excellent

Activities :
hiking, fishing, swimming, boating

5. Weissensee (Pankow)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Weißensee is in the middle of the Berlin district of the same name in the northeast of the city and impresses, among other things, with a 10 meter high water fountain. The lake is surrounded by an approximately 21 hectare recreational park, which, with the historic Café Milchhäuschen, also offers a very close stop for refreshments.

You can stroll around the lake, for example, through the park on the Weißensee. There is also a boat rental.

FUN FACT: The water was created during the Vistula Ice Age. When the ice melted, a huge block of ice remained. Slowly defrosting initially created a dead lake, before it took on the shape and composition of today’s Weissensee over time.

Water quality :
excellent

Activities :
swimming, boating

6. Liepnitzsee (lake in Brandenburg)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

Liepnitzsee is in Brandenburg. From the from the northern Berlin city limits it is only 8km.

As one of the cleanest, it is one of the most popular bathing lakes in the area.

If you are a great swimmer, you can simply swim to the island “Großer Werder” in the lake.

Alternatively, you can rent a boat from the local boat rental company . In summer as well as in spring, autumn and winter, the Liepnitzsee is a very popular destination for hiking and cycling tours.

LOCAL TIP: If you decide to drive to the lake, you should probably go during the weekdays because you can easily get a parking spot. On the weekend, the lake get full and might be driving around looking for a parking spot.

Water quality :
excellent

Activities :
hiking, cycling, swimming, boating

7. Werbellinsee (lake in Brandenburg)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Werbellinsee is located about 50 km northeast of the Berlin city limits in Brandenburg.

With a depth of over 50 m in some places, it is one of the deepest lakes in the state – and one of the largest:

You can swim here wonderfully on 7.65 square kilometers of water. There are a total of seven official bathing spots around the lake.

On sunny days the lake is full of water sports enthusiasts who cavort on the lake.

COOL TIP: If you’ve always wanted to surf, you can take a course at the surf school at Werbellinsee . It is more relaxed on the excursion steamer, which paddles the Werbellinsee all year round (provided the lake is free of ice) and brings visitors from pier to pier.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
swimming, boating, surfing, hiking, cycling

8. Tegeler See (Reinickendorf)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Tegeler See is located in the Reinickendorf district of Berlin and is one of the most popular places when it comes to having a good time on sunny days.

In the north of the lake there are playgrounds for children, a mini golf course and numerous park benches from which you can enjoy the view of the water.

At the Greenwichpromenade landing stage, locals and tourists alike set out on summer days for steamboat trips across the lake and the Havel; because actually the Tegeler See is not a lake, but a lake-like bulge of the Oberhavel.

FUN FACTS

There are nine islands in the 4.2 km long and 1.6 km wide Tegeler See:

Hasselwerder, Lindwerder, Baumwerder, Maienwerder, Scharfenberg, Reiswerder and Valentinswerder.

There are also the artificially created Humboldt Island and the Tegel Island.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
steamboat ride, swimming, nudism, surfing, hiking, cycling

9. Plötzensee (Wedding)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

In the Berlin district of Wedding you can swim, go boating or simply enjoy the view in a romantic café on 7.7 hectares of water.

Under supervision you can swim and play volleyball, table tennis and football; There is also a nudist area.

FUN FACT

In Brandenburg there are four other lakes that have the same name.

  • One is in the Uckermark district, ten kilometers south of Prenzlau
  • Another near Rheinsberg Luhme.
  • The third Plötzensee in Brandenburg (and fourth if you include Lake Berlin) is located in the Biesenthaler Becken, a nature reserve in the Barnim district in the southwest of the Brandenburg municipality of Biesenthal.
  • The fourth or fifth is one of the lakes in the Rheinsberg Lake District in the Stechlin-Ruppiner Nature Park.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
swimming, nudism, hiking, football, volleyball, table tennis

10. Krumme Lanke (Steglitz- Zehlendorf)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

Krumme Lanke is a bathing lake in the district of Zehlendorf in the middle of Berlin’s Grunewald.

The 3.8 km long riverside path is ideal for cycling, walking, jogging or Nordic walking.

Nudist bathing is allowed anywhere around the lake.

Those who prefer to stay dressed are in good hands in the two shallow bathing bays in the north of the lake.

Families and single parents with children especially appreciate the bathing spots with sandy beaches, where the water is not particularly deep.

FACT: The name of the Berlin lake “Krumme Lanke” goes back to the snake-like, crooked shape of the water that was formed during the Vistula Ice Age.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
swimming, nudism, hiking, cycling

11. Orankesee (Lichtenberg /Hohenschönhausen)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Orankesee is a body of water in the Berlin district of Alt-Hohenschönhausen. Together with the Obersee, it forms the core of the Hohenschönhauser villa distric

The Orankesee in the Berlin district of Alt-Hohenschönhausen is part of an Ice Age chain of lakes that extends from the upper Barnim to the glacial valley.

With a maximum depth of less than 7 m and an average depth of 2.6 m as well as excellent water quality, Lake Orankesee is almost predestined for swimming.

FUN FACT: The Orankesee, just like the Faule See, the Malchower See or the Weisse See, is part of an Ice Age chain of lakes that stretches from the upper Barnim to the Berlin glacial valley. The name Oranke comes from the Slavic word Roderanke, which means something like red-brown lake. The area of ​​the lake is around four hectares.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
swimming, walking

12. Herthasee (Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Herthasee, lies between the Koenigssee and Hubertussee. Part of its shore is part of the Kleine Grunewaldseen hiking route, which runs for around 5 kilometers along the lakes of the small Grunewaldsee chain.

Most of the shore of Lake Herthas is privately owned and not open to the public. Only 210 meters are freely accessible. Since the Herthasee is mainly fed from the street sewage from the surrounding properties, the water quality is polluted. The Herthasee is therefore recommended for a relaxing walk.

Fun FACT: The lake is named after a germanic goddess Hertha – Hertha would be a typical earth goddess worshiped by numerous tribes of the North Germanic people. The stump chamber on Rügen is, among other things, a cult cave dedicated to the black aspect of the goddess, near which there is an old Slavic rampart called “Herthaburg“.

Water quality :
polluted

Activities :
hiking, walking

13. Heiligensee (Reinickendorf)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

Similar to Lake Herthase, Lake Heiligensee is largely in private hands.

The lake is more or less fenced in by private land belonging to a community of heirs.

The only public access is via the small viewing platform on Sandhauser Straße.

FUN FACT: What else can you find around? The Underberg company which has been based here for more than 100 years. Every “Underberg – the bitters” drunk worldwide comes from Heiligensee. The recipe is only passed on after a generation change within the family. Now you know too!

Water quality :
good

Activities :
going for a walk, swimming

14. Lietzensee (Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

Sunbathing lawns, playgrounds and a beer garden right on the water make the Lietzensee one of the most beautiful local recreation areas in the city.

The shore of the 6.6 hectare lake in the middle of the Witzleben district is the ideal place for a long walk.

Swimming in the Lietzensee is unfortunately no longer possible nowadays, as there are no flat shores.

FUN FACT: The Prussian State and War Minister Job von Witzleben (namesake of the place) had this redesigned into a park in 1824.

Water quality :
okay (no swimming lake)

Activities :
sunbathing, walking

15. Sacrower See (lake in Brandenburg)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The lime-rich Sacrower See is located in the Potsdam district of Sacrow in Brandenburg .

Together with the Seeburger Fenn, the Groß Glienicker See and the “Heilige See” located about 1.6 km to the south, the Sacrower See forms a chain of lakes.

It is not known as a bathing lake, but as a fishing area.

HISTORICAL FACT:

During the division of Berlin into east and west, the Sacrower See was part of the border area and was under constant surveillance.

In 1986 the fatality Rainer Liebeke drowned in this body of water when he tried to flee from the GDR via the Sacrower See.

Water quality :
good (no swimming lake)

Activities :
hiking, fishing, walking, cycling

16. Großer Stechlinsee (lake in Brandenburg)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

In the north of Brandenburg, in the middle of the beautiful Stechlin-Ruppiner Land nature park, lies the Great Stechlinsee . As one of the last large clear water lakes in Northern Germany and as the deepest lake in Eastern Germany, the “Großer Stechlinsee” is one of the most popular recreational areas in the Mark Brandenburg. The region has been a nature reserve since 1938.

In addition, the shore of the lake is ideal for relaxed bike tours and long walks.

Fishing enthusiasts will also get their money’s worth at the fish-rich Stechlinsee.

FUN FACT: The Stechlin whitefish is a species of fish that only occurs in the Stechlinsee. In addition, pike, perch, tench, bream, roach, rudd, carp, grass carp and eel are common in the lake.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
fishing, swimming, cycling, diving, sailing

17. Straussee (lake in Brandenburg)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Straussee is located about 30 km northeast of the city limits of Berlin in the forest and lake-rich region of eastern Barnim in Brandenburg.

Because the lake is relatively rich in fish, you can meet a lot of anglers here at any time of the year trying their luck to catch a big fish.

The Straussee in Brandenburg is full of pike, pikeperch, eel, perch and carp.

The Straussee is also very popular as a bathing lake:

there are several free entrances for swimming as well as a public swimming pool.

FACT: Motor boat traffic is prohibited with a few exceptions – you can still rent paddle boats and pedal boats here if you do not have your own.

Water quality :
very good

Activities :
swimming, fishing, hiking, diving

18. Groß Glienicker See (swimming lake in Berlin & Brandenburg)

lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

It is the clearest and cleanest lakes in Berlin, it is one of the most popular bathing waters in the capital and beyond.

The lake has both a Berlin side and a side in the city of Potsdam.

HISTORICAL FACT

At the time of the GDR and the division of Berlin, the Groß Glienicker See was more or less a part of the Berlin Wall.

The border between West Berlin and the GDR ran through the middle of the water. West Berliners were allowed to swim as far as the buoys that defined the border at that time; However, they were not allowed to cross the border.

GDR citizens were completely forbidden from accessing the lake.

Water quality :
excellent

Activities :
swimming, boating, walking

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