Splish - Splash in Berlin

Swimming in and around Berlin

Why stumble over a stranger’s towel in a crowded outdoor pool when natural water is just as easy to reach? Berlin offers refreshing swimming options directly in the city and its immediate surroundings. The area’s varied lakes are as multifaceted as Berlin itself: you’ll find everything from wild swimming spots between grass and trees to stately beach lidos from former times – all with the best water quality. But which lake is right, whom to take, and what snacks to pack? Here, COMPANION guides you to the best lake for every mood.

 

  1. Liepnitzsee – The good life
    Vehicle: Convertible from a car sharing service
    Travel time / Distance: Approximately 1 hour / 56 km
    Drinks & Snacks: Homemade lemonade & chips from organic potatoes
    Company: Best friend
    Highlight: Crystal clear water and pristine bathing sites
    Activity: Head to Großer Werder by ferry for ice cream at Insulaner Klause (open from 10 in the morning to dawn)

  2. Großer Müggelsee – Swimming is overrated
    Vehicle: Conveniently, by car
    Travel time / Distance: 50 minutes / 32 km
    Drinks & Snacks: Club­Mate & “Pommes rot/weiß” (fries with ketchup and mayonnaise)
    Company: Friends and family
    Highlight: The smooth transition into the water
    Activity: Windsurfing

  3. Weisser See – After the swim is before the party
    Vehicle: By bike
    Travel time / Distance: 45 minutes / 12.4 km
    Drinks & Snacks: Sterni (Sternburg beer) from the corner store and falafel 
    Company: Your crew
    Highlight: Excellent water quality in the middle of the city
    Activity: Skinny dipping at midnight

  4. Wannsee – Boat shoes and a red bathing suit
    Vehicle: S­Bahn to station Nikolassee
    Travel time / Distance: 30 minutes / 14.3 km
    Drinks & Snacks: White wine spritz and salmon roll
    Company: Your partner
    Highlight: Beach chairs
    Activity: Sailing

  5. Sacrower See – Escaping the city
    Vehicle: By bike
    Travel time / Distance: 1 hour 15 minutes / 22.4 km
    Drinks & Snacks: Rhubarb spritz and a sandwich from the Woodfire Bakery
    Company: A date
    Highlight: Turquoise­colored water and a sandy beach
    Activity: Bike tour along the Berliner Mauerweg

  6. Langer See (Grünau) – Get naked or exercise!
    Vehicle: With the ferry of Berlin’s public transportation
    Travel time / Distance: 1 hour 15 minutes / 23.6 km
    Drinks & Snacks: Organic apple juice and “Stulle” (German bread with topping)
    Company: Best buddies
    Highlight: Nudist beach at the Bammelecke or watch the German professional canoeists practice for the Olympics
    Activity: Beach volleyball

  7. Schlachtensee – Hungover mornings
    Vehicle: S­Bahn to station Schlachtensee
    Travel time / Distance: 35 to 40 minutes / 17 km
    Drinks & Snacks: Hangover­cure beer
    Company: New friends from last night
    Activity: Swimming
    Highlight: Dusk at one of the “private” bathing beaches

  8. Lehnitzsee – Mindfullness and action
    Vehicle: S­Bahn to station Oranienburg
    Travel time / Distance: 1 hour 10 minutes / 35 km
    Drinks & Snacks: Homemade watermelon rosemary water and paleo bars
    Company: None
    Activity: Hiking
    Highlight: A cold bath at the Weißer Strand (white beach); right bank after hiking around the lake (7.5 km)

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