Insta-worthy autumn spots in and near Berlin


Berlin, foliage, Wannsee pfaueninsel, tiergarten, herbst, autumn

There are many pretty warm days in mid-October, with temperatures just below 20 degrees Celsius, and it gets slowly cooler towards November. Sometimes temperatures are below fifteen to ten degrees Celsius, so it is ideal to bring a scarf and wear a coat.

433,000 trees line Berlin's streets. Come autumn, the leaves start falling like the Berlin wall and everything looks like a painting. Fun fact: 1900 city-employees are needed to sweep up the fallen leaves and transport them away. Days feel like dipped into softener, there aren't any real sharp contours when one is out for walks in the parks and forests. Everybody seems to just drift along, as there would be no worry in the world. Simply hanging on to the last warm moments, and drinking in the colour of the changing leaves, before the harsh winter is about to come and grips us with its cold hands.

If you like to spend time in nature, you won’t have to go far. I don't like autumn. I love it. Berlin is a super town at this time of the year. Autumn colours are intoxicating and sweet. A sea of blue, red, green, gold, brown and yellow. There are lakes, forests, parks, log houses and most often you are going to be all alone (you might meet some dog walkers). Autumn in and near Berlin makes for perfect day trips and is excellent for hiking and taking photos.

River Havel in Berlin-Wannsee


The Havel river rises in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, flows through Brandenburg, runs 29 kilometres through Berlin and flows into the river Elbe in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. The Havel was developed as a shipping route and partially straightened.

On a trail, surrounded closely by trees and vividly coloured leaves; autumn light.

Two people walking on a trail surrounded closely by trees, the ground is covered thickly in vividly coloured leaves; autumn light.

Peacock island


You can visit Peacock island, with 400 old oak trees and the oldest rose garden in Berlin a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Pfaueninsel, Nikolskoer Weg, 14109 Berlin. Visit the website for information. How to get here: Jump onto the S-Bahn and get off at station Wannsee, from where you catch the bus service 218, to get off at the station Pfaueninsel.

A white building on an island surrounded closely by trees with vividly coloured leaves; autumn light.

Moorlake in Wannsee


So romantic. Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV built a forester's lodge and a stable building built in Bavarian style on the banks of the Havel in 1840 in honor of his wife, Elisabeth von Wittelsbach, who was born in Bavaria. It was used by them for recreation and hunting parties. In 1896, the royals rented out the lodge as a restaurant, and a farm building and a ballroom were added. Until 1918, the couple used the guest room on the upper floor exclusively for themselves and personal guests. For decades now, the lodge houses a restaurant that also offers literary events.

Moorlakeweg 6, 14109 Berlin-Wannsee. Hours: from 11am. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Visit the website for more info. How to get here: Jump onto the S-Bahn and get off at station Wannsee, from where you catch the bus service 218, to get off at the station Pfaueninsel, from there it is a twenty-minute walk along the river.

Autumn in Berlin, foliage, scattered colourful leaves.

Deserted beer garden tables on a lake, next to a streetlight. Leaves scattered all over. Trees with colourful foliage create the background.


Lonely swan on a lake. Leaves scattered all over. Trees with colourful foliage create the background and are reflected on the lake.

Blockhaus Nikolskoe in Wannsee


There is a log house in Russian style, and the view from there is breathtakingly beautiful. King Frederick William III built it in 1819 as a present to his daughter Charlotte, who was married to the Russian Tsar Nicolas I. Next door, and only a few steps from the log house restaurant is the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Russianorthodox style.

Nikolskoer Weg 15, 14109 Berlin. Hours: Monday to Sunday 11am to 6pm. How to get here: Jump onto the S-Bahn and get off at station Wannsee, from where you catch the bus service 218, to get off at the station Pfaueninsel, from there it is a five-minute walk.


Rustic wooden house decorated with geraniums, with a lake view in the distance. Autumn in Berlin

Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg


A walk through Mitte is an excellent thing to do at any time of the year, and especially so in autumn. There is one stunningly beautiful tree with a stink problem though. The gingko trees start to smell like vomit, this is not fun. Their autumn-leaves have a bright-yellow colour. Have you ever been somewhere where somebody dropped a butyric-acid-stink-bomb? Right, that is the smell. Only the female trees stink this horrible. Naturally curious about the world around me, I jumped onto google maps and walked along these streets that have the smelly trees, and, I found out that they were only planted sort of recently, as in (roughly) the last decade. I wonder why on earth didn't they plant the male version and how can people who live near these trees can cope with that smell? Berlin is pretty, in any case...

 A wooden park bench on a Berlin city square in front of a city forest with colourful autumn foliage.

Humboldt Uni. Students on benches, and a memorial for resistance fighters against Hitler-fascism. Trees in colourful autumn foliage as background.

Path, where vanishing point perspective draws you in, below trees in bright yellow autumn foliage.

Linden tree in autumn foliage, statues of Max Planck, Nobel Prize winner and Theodor Mommsen, historian. Facade of Humboldt Uni as background.

Bright autumn leaves in front of the facade of the Humboldt University

Cyclists and pedestrians and their shadows in the low-light of sunset, watched through the pillars of Brandenburg Gate.

Bright red and golden autumn leaves twine around a window reflecting the TV tower on Alexanderplatz.

Facade overgrown with bright red and golden autumn leaves. Autumn foliage.

autmn berlin prenzlauer berg park leaves foliage

Walking path, where vanishing point perspective draws you in; tight cover of yellow leaves on ground.
  

Tiergarten is the central park of Berlin


This is the green lung of the city, that description is heavily overused in any town, how else can I describe this park? Joggers run, couples walk their dogs, families play in and with the leaves. A magical place in the city. Only a few paths in the Tiergarten have lamps, the majority of the park is pitch black at night. Best to visit the Tiergarten during the day along the Straße des 17. Juni, 10557 Berlin.

Bridge over lake in the middle of trees in autumn foliage; whole scene reflected in the lake.

Trees in autumn foliage; whole scene reflected in the lake.

Trees in golden autumn foliage; whole scene reflected in the lake.

Red boat and oar on lake shore; colourful autumn foliage; scene reflected in the lake.

Inedible mushrooms, pieces of wood and acorns on meadow.

Two women sitting next to each other on fallen leaves at a lake's shore in Tiergarten; autumn foliage reflected in the lake.

Berlin Weißensee


In the Berlin borough of Weißensee there is this idyllic lake and park. Weißensee is like a small town in a large city (Berlin). You can cycle here from Alexanderplatz, it is only five kilometres, or take the tram M4, which stops directly at lake Weißer See. The borough is named after its lake.

A woman and a man sitting next to each other on fallen leaves on a lake's shore; the sun sets on the opposite bank. Soft autumn light.

Lake Tornow


You can walk all around Lake Tornow in Ruppin Switzerland. Lake Tornow is only 12 metres deep and it lies in the middle of a conservation area. Dewy moss covers hillsides. In autumn, the forest floor is already covered densely by leaves. It feels like walking over an expensive and very soft shaggy carpet of reddish colour. Go and see this yourself. Read more about it and how to get to the lake, here: Perfect Indian Summer at the Tornowsee in Brandenburg. Travel Germany.

A blue lake and walking path covered tightly in red leaves in the sunshine; autumn foliage.

A pier on a lake surrounded by trees in red autumn foliage. Whole scene is reflected in the lake.

A cottage overgrown with red and golden autumn leaves. Autumn foliage.

Red leaves in front of a lake, trees on the opposite bank reflected in the water.

Forest in radiant autumn foliage on a lake. The Indian summer scene in red, yellow, green and golden, is reflected exactly in the water.

Grumsin Forest


There are over 650 UNESCO recognized biosphere reserves worldwide (as of today). And ever since 1990 the Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide-Chorin is one of them. UNESCO classifies the cultural landscape between the upper Havel, the lower Oder and the Barnim in the north-eastern part of the Mark Brandenburg as so interesting and important that it is one of the few most valuable landscapes in the world and with that also part of the global research program "Man and the biosphere "(MAB). Make your way to the Grumsin Forest. How to get to Grumsin Forst: Via the A11 towards Angermuende. Exit Joachimsthal and follow the signage to Angermuende. Read more about it here: A Magical Place in Germany: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Beech Forest in Grumsin.

Red and white fly agaric and autumn leaves on moss covered forest floor.

Linum – cranes and pumpkins


Linum is in the moor landscape of the Upper Rhinluch surrounded by meadows. While photo-hunting for cranes, I pass by a farmstall, there is pumpkins everywhere. I take a gazillion photos of the yummies, and soon realize they look like art. As I chat with the farmer, he tells me that he grows 150 pumpkin varieties, many of the seeds come from abroad, often friends bring them back home from their vacation. The guy admits that he hasn't tried every single variety this season... yet. We both laugh. He surely is on a pumpkin mission. I hop into a local café, have cake and a coffee. As I pay, the waitress gifts me a jute bag that has a print of a robin redbreast and the words: with using this bag you protect the birds from hazardous plastic. You simply must love Brandenburg. How to get to Linum: The town is roughly 60 kilometres from Alexanderplatz (in the very centre of Berlin). Read Travel Germany. Tips for your Eurasian Crane Safari in Linum.




A colourful selection of edible pumpkins.

A large amount of edible pumpkins on a wooden board.Pumpkin harvest.


You probably might have not thought about how beautiful Berlin in autumn looks and feels, just give it a try on your next trip to Berlin.

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