When one thinks of Berlin, images of a vibrant metropolis, historical sights and diverse culture usually come to mind. However, it is less well known that Berlin also has a lot to offer in terms of green spaces and hiking opportunities. Although the capital may not be thought of as a typical hiking destination, it surprises with a number of charming trails and parks that are perfect for hiking.
One of the most famous hiking trails in Berlin is the 20-kilometer-long Wall Trail. This trail follows the course of the former Berlin Wall and takes hikers through a variety of neighborhoods and along historic sites. Along the way, there are numerous information panels that offer deep insights into the city’s turbulent history.
For example, the 20 main green trails run right through the city, there is the Spandau Pilgrimage Trail and numerous routes through Berlin’s green places with hiking trails of varying lengths.
Another highlight for nature lovers is the Grunewald, Berlin’s largest city forest. Here there are numerous hiking trails that wind through dense forest and along picturesque lakes. One particularly popular trail leads to Teufelsberg, a man-made hill that offers breathtaking views of the city.
Not to be forgotten are Berlin’s many parks, which are ideal places for shorter hikes or walks. The extensive Tiergarten, Volkspark Friedrichshain or Treptower Park with its impressive Soviet Memorial offer green oases in the middle of the city.
For those who want to go a little further afield, the area surrounding Berlin offers a wide range of hiking opportunities. The Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, the Märkische Schweiz Nature Park and the Spreewald are just a few examples of natural areas that are easily accessible from Berlin and offer wonderful hiking trails.
So hiking in and around Berlin is a great way to get to know the city from a different perspective. You can enjoy the tranquility of nature while discovering Berlin’s diverse history and culture. It’s an experience worthwhile for locals and visitors alike.
We would like to present some of the routes and thus show Berlin from a completely different side.
Hiking routes in Berlin
On the northern outskirts of Berlin in Tegel, a small stream flows through one of the city's most beautiful nature reserves - the Tegeler Fließtal. A hiking trail runs along the watercourse, attracting recreation-seekers especially on weekends.