Best Berlin Lakes

5 Best Berlin Lakes

Best Berlin Lakes

There’s only a short window in Berlin when the temperature gauge hits 30 degrees, but when it does I grab my swimsuit pronto and head to my favourite lakes.

Krumme Lanke

This is the most idyllic lake in the city, due to its small size and location in the middle of Grunewald forest. You can reach it easily with the U3, getting off at the last stop Krumme Lanke and then walking down Fischerhüttenstraße for about 10-minutes. No need to be alarmed as the FKK (nudist) section greets you first, keep going and the sandy beach is a short walk on the other side of the lake.


A short walk across the car park will take you to the adjoining Schlachtensee, with the popular Fischerhütte restaurant and beer garden. Have a refreshing drink while the kids have a swing on the playground, before diving into the clear water. There are plenty of quiet spots along the shores or the green meadow leading down from S-bahn Schlachtensee offering more of a party atmosphere.


The most popular lido among West Berliners and Europe’s longest inland beach is Strandbad Wannsee. With literally tonnes of white sand imported from the Baltic coast, numerous dining options, boat hire, beach volleyball, and those iconic wicker chairs popular in Germany, it has everything you need for a perfect day at the beach. Easily accessible from S-Nikolassee and costs €5.50 per adult.

Freibad Plötzensee

Plötzensee, is great for kids – lots of clean sand, shallow waters, water slide, jumping platoons, and playgrounds. When hunger strikes, there are imbiss stands offering the usual currywurst, french fries, and all important ice cream. Alternatively, spread out on the grassy meadows or in the surrounding Volkspark Rehburg with a picnic basket. It’s central location means it’s easily accessible by S-bahn, but the water unfortunately gets a little murky towards the end of the season and expect to pay €5 per adult.

Arena Badeschiff

Technically this is a swimming pool and not a lake, but since it’s moored in the River Spree it still makes the cut. The pool is created from a converted barge and definitely Berlin’s most unique place for a dip, accessed via a network of floating docks that make for great sunbathing. With a sandy beach, cocktail bar, lots of music, and panoramic views of the city, this place gets packed with hip locals long into the night. Adults pay €5.50 entry.

Contribution by Annabelle Mallia