One of the perks in a city like Berlin is the proximity of green space to reinvigorate yourself. And one of my favorite of these spaces is Grunewald Forest.
Grunewald is located in the western side of Berlin and on the east side of the river Havel. It’s easily accessible through Grunewald S-Bahn Station. You have plenty of choices once you get there, like Teufelsee, a favorite for that icy winter swim, when there are no crowds and all you’ll have will be ducks cheering you on.
There are plenty of hiking/biking trails to get your dose of pure green nature, but if you feel like something a bit more adventurous, the famous Teufelsberg (a non-natural hill made of debris and rubble that covers an unfinished Nazi military-technical college) is also a few minutes away, in addition to Grunewaldturm.
If you’re a dog person, like me, then Grunewaldsee, a lake reserved exclusively for dogs is a real treat. Yeah, it’s a thing. It’s worth the visit even if you don’t have a canine amigo, and even though you’ll definitely walk out of there with a few paw prints on your clothes.
All in all, there’s really not much I can say here to sell the forest itself. You’ve got to see it for yourself. It’s big, green, quiet and beautiful. And it will energize you no matter what time of year you choose to visit.