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Liepnitzsee guide

As temperatures slowly rise, the summer search begins to find the perfect lake in Berlin. The city itself and the surrounding state of Brandenburg are full of beautiful waters, but not all lakes (or see in German) are created equal.

He had heard rumors of a large lake to the north that might meet the ideal criteria. With visibility of up to 3 meters, an island ( Großer Werder ) accessible by ferry or strong swim, and a setting of idyllic German forest and old-school country mansions, this really sounded like the perfect mythical lake. I felt the need to verify these claims for myself and decided it was time to plan a trip to Liepnitzsee.

A holiday Monday ( Pfingsten or Pentecost) proved the perfect opportunity. I mapped my route, grabbed a beach towel, and hit the water with friends. My little party arrived at the Wandlitz train station and followed the steady stream of visitors and signs to the lake.

Visiting Liepnitzsee from Berlin

We were not alone in our search. There was a buzz of visitors to and from the lake with crowds joining us from the Karow train station. We saw several cyclists scramble to find a space for their bike abroad, parked cars, and eventually fall behind as we chugga-chuggad towards our day trip.

While today’s party crowd ranged from beer-equipped teens to families on a sunny outing to middle-aged FKK bathers, the crowd of yesteryear was quite elite. This area was once a summer escape for East German VIPs with an exclusive waldsiedlung (summer house colony). There are still many fine estates lining the road to the park that provide ample fodder to imagine your life as a wealthy country dweller just a short drive from the capital.

There are a few shops around the train station, but pack your supplies before heading to the lake to get your best options. The warm June air cooled down noticeably under the lush canopy and a 15 minute walk led us to our first glimpse of the emerald green waters meeting the lush green of the forest.

However, any hope for privacy was quickly dispelled when we found towel after towel from other bathers. We walked for another 20 minutes in search of our place along the tantalizingly clear water and gently sloping beaches that stretch beyond the trees. We passed the boat rental area, the beach paid (3 euros) and finally found a place to put our towels and rest our tired, sandal-clad feet. Shady trees towered along the shoreline offering sun protection.

We couldn’t wait any longer and stormed the calm waters. We watched our feet slowly creep off the sandy platform and launch us towards the island. Almost cold under the trees, swimming in the shadows in the water, once again we feel the warmth of the sun. Rowboats and rafts floated serenely, a sunny stretch of beach on the other side of the lake was a glowing mass of humanity, and we swam until the air was cool enough to make our way back to land. I don’t know if it was perfect, but I was happy to finish our search for that day.

How to get to Liepnitzsee

By Berlin Public Transport: Take the S2 to Bernau or a regional train to Wandlitz (not Wandlitz See, which is one stop further from Berlin). Plan your trip with the BVG trip planner.

By car: drive the A11 until the Lanke exit in the direction of Ützdorf.

Way to the lake : bike or walk towards Liepnitzsee (maps are posted) and into the forest. The path is marked with a red circle surrounded by a white rectangle sprayed on the trees and it takes about 30 minutes to get to the lake by walking. If you’re feeling sporty, this is a popular bike destination.

Staying at Liepnitzsee

If you really want to beat the crowds, there are a few hotels dotted around the area, as well as a campground so you can communicate with nature.

However, one of the reasons this lake is so desirable is that it is easily accessible from the city by public transport and only takes about an hour to get there.

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