WEEKEND TRIPS- THE NATURE EDIT
When the sun’s out, temperatures rise and nature wakes up from winter sleep we feel an inner excitement and restlessness is growing inside.
While we usually love the city buzz, we still long for nature, wildlife and the tranquility it brings. There are an abundance of cabins in the wonderful nature Germany has to offer and you might consider below destinations to escape the city when spring fever catches you.
SPREEWALD | Day or weekend trip, ca. 1 hr from Berlin, by car, train or bus.
A forest straight out of a fairytale. Birds chirping softly in the distance, river banks seamed by trees whose wild branches hang so deep you have to bend over to pass them while you paddle and glide through the quiet, mystical forest in total silence. The UNESCO biosphere reserve with its famous traditional irrigation system, consisting of more than 200 small canals with a total length of 1,300 km is best explored and experienced by canoe. Alder forests on wetlands and pines on sandy dry areas characterize the area that is also perfect for hiking. As Spreewald is not only famous for nature but also for regional food make sure to stop at a traditional restaurants for a proper German Einkehr and pick up some delicious gherkins on the way home.
UCKERMARK | day or weekend trip, ca. 1-2 hrs from Berlin, by train or car.
Empty paths, empty lakes and an overall vastness – if you long for quiet and peace you’ll surely find it here. Only about 80 km away from the crowded city of Berlin the Uckermark is one of the most forlorn and sparsely inhabited areas of Germany. There are more than 500 lakes, fenlands and rivers surrounded by vast meadows and forests that cover the soft hills that gave the Toskana of the North its name. A landscape of longing. A large share of the area is nature reserve and thus untouched; the few small villages seem forlorn and are widely apart, and then again, there is nothing. Everything is wide, everything is silent, and this is what makes the Uckermark so special, it leaves you in total peace. Head there for a hike or rent one of the remote beautiful cabins to read, sleep and unwind and enjoy nature in its purest form.
ELBSANDSTEINGEBIRGE | weekend trip, ca. 3-4 hrs from Berlin, by train or car.
Rather in need of physical activity? A bit farther south on the German-Czech border region the Elbe Sandstone Mountains with its stunning rock formations are a pure miracle of nature. The ancient and mythically beautiful landscape takes you on a fascinating journey back in time through the geological and biological past of our continent. The Malerweg, one of the most beautiful walks in Germany, leads right through the middle of the fascinating rock worlds that have inspired painters, musicians and poets from all across Europe. Climb up the hills to enjoy the panorama of the cliffs and the Elbe river sweeping through the landscape. It’s ideal for hiking, climbing, or just a relaxed day outside. Take the train and stay a night, as you do not want to miss out on the enchantment of a sunrise behind those cliffs.
BALTIC SEA / RÜGEN | weekend trip, ca. 3-5 hrs from Berlin, by train or car.
Oh, the wild beauty of the Baltic Sea! The long coastline holds both resort-like white beaches and untouched, wild shores. Mostly forlorn during the colder months these are even more beautiful. So is Rügen, an island between waves, wildlife and green woodlands that will appeal to all your senses: the intense green of the trees by the shores, the sharp white chalk of the cliffs and the intense blue of the Baltic Sea – nature gifted Rügen with spectacular views! Small paths guide you through enchanted forests and end right at the edge of one of the cliffs. Explore the mysterious side of the untouched island by bike and take long walks, inhale the salty air, watch the sparkling sea foam and listen to the sounds of nature. Take the train or car for a weekend on the island. It’s time for a time out.