Berlin Day Hike: Between Weathers, Between Lakes

Location: Schmöckwitz – eastern shore of Zeuthener See – western shore of Großer Zug – western shore of Krossinsee – southern shore of Oder Spree Kanal – southern shore of Seddinsee – Schmöckwitz / Distance: 15 km / Weather: 7-15 °C, cloudy, rainy, windy, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 35mm lens

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The rain

Sun comes out again

Lying trees

After the rain, the fragrance

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Schmöldesee

Berlin Day Hike: Sparkling Spring In Prieros

Location: Prieroser Straße (Klein Köris?) – Hölzerner See – Schmöldesee eastern shore – Streganzer See – Dahme – Prieroser Straße / Distance: 16 km / from city center: 55 km / east / Weather: 17 °C, sunny, some clouds / Animals spotted: 20 deers, 2 boarhounds, ducks, swans, egrets / Camera: Nikon D90, 35mm lens

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The first part of the road was rather boring and I already thought that this would become one of those “lost hikes” because after some kilometers I still didn’t see the lake which I was circling and I was still on a boring dirt road through the forest. But after a camping ground named “Naturfreunde Schmöldesse” it was finally possible to go down to the lake and there was a small single trail not indicated in the map which I took all along the lovely Schmöldesee.

The most beautiful part of the hike was the trail around the small lakes after Streganzer See. An enchanted place with marshland forests, millions of chanting birds, buzzing insects and swans silently crossing the lakes.
The following shores of Dahme river are also very beautiful, but you have to leave the road again and again and I didn’t have the time anymore because the sun went down earlier than I tought it would.

Just before the hotel “Waldhaus” there was a path indicated on my map which didn’t exist in reality and I had to bushwhack until I stood in the garden of the hotel. Same before the small lakes with an additional sign that this would be private land and that the area would be under video  surveillance, which I think is rather not true.

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Schwan Bad Saarow

Berlin Day Hike: Birding Day in Bad Saarow

This magic feeling when the sun burns your face for the first time of the year, when small waves swashing lazily onto the lakes shores and when all the birds are singing like crazy to salute the new season. This must be spring!

Location: Bahnhof Bad Saarow – Scharmützelsee – Markgrafensteine – Aussichtsturm – Sprungschanze – Bad Saarow / Distance: 15 km / from city center:
75,5 km/south east / Weather: 16 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 55-300mm lens

 

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Langer See Große Krampe

Berlin Day Hike: Into The Void

“It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.” – Oscar Wilde (Thank you, Moni)

Location: Müggelheim – Große Krampe – Krampenburg – Along Langer See – Hirtenwiese – Teufelssee – Müggelberge – Müggelheim / Distance: 12 km / from city center: 25 km / east / Weather: 4 °C, foggy / Camera: Nikon D90, 35mm lens

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Hollersee

Odenwald Hike: Misty Childhood Places

May I introduce you to the lake on which I wore ice-skates for the first time of my life? Where I rowed in a wooden boat with my dad? Where my grandpa taught me the dangers of thin ice? Where one summer morning, after a party night out, while starring at the sunrise with my best friend Silvi, we met this guy with an axe who told us that he comes to the forest when he feels the urge to kick some trees asses?

Today it looked peaceful and serene and nobody would ever suppose that this lake has seen all this stories.

Location: Hollersee – Hollerbach – Buchen / Distance: 8 km / Weather: 1 °C, foggy and cold

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