THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The green district of Grunewald: Grunewald isn’t just known for its beautiful villas – ‘Grunewald’ translates literally as ‘green forest’ and, with its huge forest, the district lives up to its name! It isn’t far from the city centre, yet it feels miles away. Whether you’re there for a relaxed stroll, a hike or a bike ride, Berlin’s largest green space is the perfect spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Saddle up: Fancy a great day out on two wheels? Just rent a bike from our reception desk and set off! Our recommended route starts at the Grunewald S-Bahn station (S7), from the Eichkampstrasse exit. You can then cycle along Schildhornweg for around 2.5 kilometres through Grunewald, past the large sand dune (see below) and straight to Teufelssee (literally ‘Devil’s Lake’). Cycle on towards the Havel to the Kuhhorn bathing area. From there, you can continue along the banks of the Wannsee lake. En route, you’ll find the Grunewald Tower, the Lieper Bucht, a bay with several great swimming spots, and the Strandbad Wannsee, an open-air lido. If you like, you can also take a detour to the Schwanenwerder peninsula, and then head back to Nikolassee S-Bahn station via Wannseebadweg and Spanische Allee. And then you’ve smashed it!
The living desert: The sand dune in the heart of the Grunewald is a striking and extremely surreal sight. Once it could no longer be used for industrial purposes, this former gravel pit was filled with sand, creating an entire ecosystem for plants, birds, insects – and people, too. So, pack a picnic and a bucket and spade, and don’t forget to roll down the sand dune at some point – that’s the best bit (approx. 30 min by car/40 min by public transport incl. a 15 min walk from Grunewald S-Bahn station)!
Teufelsberg – measuring 120 metres, this is the second-tallest ‘mountain’ in Berlin. It is an artificial hill made from tonnes of wartime rubble and topped with a former 1950s US spy station from the Cold War. At the top, you’ll find a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area. Graffiti fans are in for a real treat here, as the former spy station has become the (self-appointed) highest street art gallery in Europe, that is to say: graffiti artists have really run riot here! And the walk up through the dense Grunewald is a little adventure in itself.
Keep fit for free: At ‘Schwitzen im Park’ (‘Get sweaty at the park’), a regular fitness event held in Rudolph-Wilde-Park, participants can exercise for free, whatever the weather. The fully trained instructors make sure that everyone works up a good sweat. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Don’t forget your swimming gear! Tired of swimming and looking for a new way to experience the famous Wannsee lake? Rent a barbecue raft! You don’t need a boating licence to rent one of these incredible vehicles. Starting in Pichelsdorf, you can take it up and down the river Havel – don’t forget to pack your steaks (or your tofu burgers) and swimming gear (approx. 20 min by car/40 min by public transport)!
Finish on a high: Our Cloud One bar and rooftop terrace is an ideal spot to enjoy an evening cocktail – even if we say so ourselves. Just take the lift up to the top and enjoy a stunning view of the famous Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berlin. It’s the perfect spot to propose a toast to a brilliant stay in Berlin. Cheers!