Nikolassee - Lake and Beach
Nikolassee - Lake and Beach Berlin Reviews
Just gorgeous Aug 09, 2011
I was so stunned when I found this place last year. I had heard about it and seen pictures in books, but they really didn't show it to it's best advantage.
The woodland walk to reach the entrance runs parallel to the road and in summer you walk under a natural leafy canopy most of the way. You could get a bus or a taxi, but I prefer the walk.
This naturally formed lake is quite big and with the soft light coloured sands, you get quite a sea-side feeling here. This year I did a double-take, thinking what the heck is that duck doing on the beach? only to remind myself that it's a lake.
The bottom of the lake shelves gently until you reach a man-made border, which swimmers are not meant to cross, due to depth and boating activity further out. Every so often you can hear the guard on a loudspeaker reminding people of this.
Once you have paid at the entrance, you go through a turnstile into a park area and then down a large number of steep steps to reach the beach. Check out the views before you make your descent; they are magnificent. The down-side is, I'm not sure how you would get on here if you had difficulty with steps.
The rather ugly/plain 1970s facilities block behind the beach has everything you could need. Changing rooms, showers, toilets, shops, eating places etc. Entrance for an adult is 4,50 Euros, you can hire a Strandkorb (wicker beach basket) for the day for around 8 Euros.
Don't be tempted to occupy an empty Strandkorb without paying the charge or the guard with the loud-speaker will be sure to point out very publicly that you haven't hired. When you hire you get a flag to display and a deposit is given on its return. The hire kiosk is at the front of the locker room (lockers are 1 Euro, self operated and returnable).
The guys who man the hire desk are not customer friendly, and one in particular is very customer unfriendly. Don't be put off though, as they are miserable with pretty much everyone.
If you have a Berlin Travel Welcome Card, Nikolassee is just within zone AB. Get off at this station (it's nearest, not Wannsee, which is zone C). Located in the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, it takes about 20 minutes on the S-Bahn from the centre of Berlin.
PS. The water quality here is excellent (monitored regularly) and in the shallows it is very clear with lots of fish. However, you will find the inside of your swimwear catches bits of tiny green weedy stuff.
Honestly not trying to put you off, but on the woodland walk there are warnings about avoiding bugs and spiders and their webs/nests due to a spider that predominately lives on oak trees and whose hairs, on contact, can cause very severe skin irritation. So, basically stick to the path and don't go on any jungle rumbles. :)
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