8 Amazing Nature Destinations to Escape Berlin for a Weekend

8 Amazing Nature Destinations to Escape Berlin for a Weekend

We understand, Berlin has gotten boring without the clubs, concerts and festivals you are usually around to keep you busy during the summer. Since corona made us appreciate the time spent outdoors and in nature, we thought to quench your thirst for nature and give you some ideas on things to do on weekends, in order to get out of Berlin and to do something new and exciting. Stay tuned!

Escape to Spreewald and spend the night in a cabin

From Berlin, it only takes you an hour and a Berlin Brandenburg ticket at 23 € to get to the beautiful Spreewald. A place with a delightfully green and calm forest and endless canals, which call you to explore them on a Kanu. Your destination is a small place called Lübbenau, this is where your adventure in Spreewald begins. Are you ready to start rowing? You can hire a boat from Bootsverleih Richter for € 5 an hour and explore the waterways. A trip to Spreewald is the easiest and fastest way to escape Berlin and have a little adventure. The best escape experience is to combine the visit with a stay in one of the wooden cabins that you will find on Airbnb. Immersive adventure in nature – here we are!

photo: JH Janßen (CC by SA)


Discover Saxon Switzerland

Saxon Switzerland, near Dresden, is always worth a visit. Fortunately for us Berliners, it’s only an hour and a half! Whether you want to get there by car or train over Dresden, your starting point for your adventure will always be Rathen, Wehlen, Königsstein or Pirna. From there you can walk or take public transport to reach all of the beautiful, impressive places that make Saxon Switzerland so famous. The magnificent Bastei in the jagged mountains, the 700 fairytale steps called “Schwedenlöcher”, the impressive mountain range “Schrammsteine” and the majestic Königstein castle. Let’s go!

photo: Tobi 87 (CC by SA)


Thinking in the Harz National Park

In the very heart of Germany, there is another serene region that outdoor enthusiasts love and city dwellers like me have only heard of Harz National Park. There are countless hiking trails to do and a diverse landscape to admire. Come see the famous Bodetal, with its magical jagged mountains and dense forest or walk in the footsteps of Goethe on the Goethe trail to the huge Brocken. Stay in an inn in Altenau or Osterode and go hiking in the forest.

photo: ArtMechanic (CC by SA)


Camping near distant lakes

Who does not like waking up in summer and being able to dive directly into cool, calm waters outside their bedroom? This is what I love about camping by the lakes, it is the ultimate experience of immersive nature to wake up and have the wild world just outside your tent. Since the usual lakes of Berlin are absolutely overcrowded this summer, it is better to go a little further. We discovered that the Bernsteinsee or the Tonsee, beautifully blue, are far away, serene, and offer to camp directly by the lake so that you can dive there. Prices for a tent per night start at € 7.50. Let’s go!

photo: iHeartBerlin


A weekend on Hiddensee Beach

A small seahorse-shaped island in the Baltic Sea with no cars, large, lush greens, and a kilometer-long white sandy beach facing the ocean – that’s what you’ll find when you go to Hiddensee. Take the train to Stralsund from Berlin and take the ferry to Hiddensee. Taxis will take you to the port from the station in just 10 minutes. On the island there are three small villages – Kloster, Vitte and Neuendorf. All equally charming and easily accessible by bicycle, which you can hire for € 5 per day. From Kloster, you can hike all the way up the coast to the beautiful lighthouse, enjoy the view up over the ocean, and end the day with dinner at one of the harbor restaurants. Neuendorf beach is still very wild and few tourists go there, so do not hesitate to come and bathe skinny!

photo: Katha, Pixabay.


Take a tour of the magnificent old castles of Germany

We are now going further south for the last part of our article. There are many majestic castles that have been preserved all over Germany for hundreds of years, most of them may be unknown to you. If you have a car and a free weekend, you can get off in Füssen, stay in an Airbnb and visit the famous Burg Neuschwanstein and the nearby Burg Hohenschwangau on the same day. Since the castles are spread all over Germany, you can choose your favorites and make the trip!

photo: Pixabay.


Visit Berchtesgaden National Park

Going further south, we reach the true gems of nature that Germany has to offer. If you no longer want to see a magnificent mountain range, wide deep blue mountain lakes and walk in the majestic raw nature for hours, you should invest time and money and descend to southeast of Germany. In the Berchtesgaden National Park you will find many hiking trails to explore. Enjoy the magnificent Königssee at the foot of the mountains, boat trips are the best way to enjoy the full view of the mountains.

photo: Polly


Hike to Zugspitze and see the Eibsee

For the mountain goats among us, who want a real mountain hike and thrilling heights, you must have gone to the Zugspitze at least once during your stay in Germany. With its 2.962 m, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. If you are not an experienced hiker, you can also take a cable car to the top. The big plus: find the beautiful Eibsee just where the cable cars take off. Make sure to stop and enjoy the breathtaking view of the beautiful lake right in front of the Zugspitze.

photo: Pixelteufel

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by Franziska
July 6, 2020

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