The region of Brandenburg offers a big contrast .On the one hand, there is the dynamic cosmopolitan city Berlin, while on the other hand just a few kilometres further, you can find pristine nature and a calming surrounding. The landscape of the state consists of 30.000 forests, 240 national parks and plenty of nature parks. You can discover most nature parks by boat, in order to explore the beautiful nature from the water.
Spreewald Biosphere Reserve
This area is a beautiful and unique piece of Germany, located in the south of Berlin. Furthermore, the region is as well unique due to its mix of culture and pristine nature. The locals are also an important part of the atmosphere, who still use their own language and culture. Centuries ago the Spreewald was a swamp area with primeval forests, where people could barely enter. Many deer and wild boar live in the forests, but also badgers have made their fortresses here. In addition, there are many breeding birds, but also the fish otter and (black) stork can be spotted here. You can sail for days here. Sail over the river Spree, which was already formed during the ice age and originated entirely naturally. Many villages can only be explored via boat.
Nature park Westhavelland
The landscape consist of various forests and lakes. The wet shore areas in the nature park are the perfect resting places for water birds. Therefore, you can spot ducks, swans and geese. In spring you can spot the rare and protected bird ‘ruff’ which is also the heraldic animal for the nature park. The nature reserve also has a visitor center in Milow.
Potsdam Forest and Havel Lake Area
If you sail from Brandenburg to Berlin, you will pass through the beautiful Potsdam forest and Havel lake area. The protected area consists of fields, pastures and forest area. So, an area with a lot of diversity. You can find the highest watchtower in the area of the Schwielowsee. The tower is 124 meter high. Here you have a breath-taking view over the nature-and lake area.
You can only access this special island via boat. It is located 20 km south from the centre of Berlin. Since 1990, the island is on the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of the palaces and parks of Potsdam and Berlin. The island received its name due to the many peacocks which run around in the wild. You can visit the castle of King Frederick Willem II during the summer months.