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I am asked VERY often for tips for Berlin, from food to transport to accommodation. And although I have a lot of travel guides on the blog, unfortunately, I don’t have much about visiting Berlin. That’s why, together with GoEuro, I’ll be writing about small adventures in and around Berlin on a regular basis this year – Micro Adventures! The first post on this topic was my 24-Hours-Guide through Berlin when it’s cold (which I posted on Instagram and you can find it here) and the second post was a video to inspire everyone to explore Berlin by bike (you can find it here).
As it slowly, but surely is starting to warm up again, I want to tell you today about a few tips on how to escape the city on warmer days. And even better, all of these places can be reached by public transportation!
I have already introduced my cooperation partner, GoEuro, here. On GoEuro you can search, choose and book your perfect trip to you perfect destination whether near or far. In the search results you can see clearly the different options for train, bus and air travel. This way you do not have to search on multiple portals, but you can conveniently see everything on one platform and also buy the tickets there.
As always, if travelling within Germany, I of course recommend traveling by train and bus. If you want to travel to Berlin, have a look at GoEuro!
Take a walk through Little Venice in Berlin
My absolute favorite spot that I visited last summer: a small but nice walk through “Little Venice” in the middle of Berlin in the Tiefenwerder in Spandau. The area is not big and is also a bit off the beaten path. But a visit is definitely worth the trip. The landscape conservation area is characterized by rare animal and plant species, wet meadows and small canals. On the walk you can even discover water buffalo, which were brought here to preserve the wet meadows! If you want to explore the beautiful landscape, can borrow a boat and paddle through Tiefenwerder! I highly recommend it! You can borrow boats there, for example at www.der-bootsladen.de
You can conveniently reach Tiefenwerder with the bus 49 and get off at the stop Pichelswerder or use the S-Bahn and get out Pichelsberg and then walk.
Idyllic Canoe Tour in Spreewald
My second big highlight, which I was lucky to experience twice: kayaking through the Spreewald. An absolute must for all Berliners and tourists who want to explore the surroundings of the capital! The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve can be found 100km southeast of Berlin along the middle section of the Spree. The special feature of this area is the large number of branched waterways that meander through the dense forest – hence the name Spreewald. When you rent a boat, from boat rental Richter (https://bootsverleih-richter.de) for example, you will receive a small map with directions to paddle through the canals by boat. Halfway through your paddle, I recommend stopping at one of the restaurants along the canals to grab a drink and when you are done you should buy some Spreewald cucumbers and raspberry jam as a small culinary souvenir.
The journey is also super easy with the RE2 to the stop Lübbenau / Spreewald. From there it is about a 15 minute walk to the boat rental.
Take a tour with an old Draisine
For all of you water-shy nature lovers: how does a trip with a trolley car sound? Powered by your own muscle power, you will ride through beautiful meadows and forests. Draisines were originally conceived as a four-wheeled or three-wheeled railway utility vehicle, used to inspect railway lines or to transport tools. All of you excursion enthusiasts out there can put on your own feet to use and pedal through the idyllic landscapes, like on a bicycle. It looks more exhausting than it is and with a group of four you can always take turns! It’s also a really great idea for a group tour as more than one Draisine can drive on the same route!
For example, you can find a draisine train in the north of Berlin in the beautiful Uckermark near Draisine Fürstenberg (http://www.draisine.com/docs/english/streckeninfo/index.html) – You can reach them from the central station with the RE 5 and get off at the stop Fürstenberg / Havel. From there you have to walk for about 15 minutes.
Thanks again to my partner GoEuro. With GoEuro you can easily book all train tickets online! GoEuro is also the perfect address to book your trip to Berlin. Feel free to visit the Facebook group where you can get insider tips from Locals for Berlin, as well as for other cities! You can find the group here. Let me know if you have any questions or if you are interested in any particular Berlin topics!! I would also like to hear about any excursions you have for Berlin!