Waldeinsamkeit: the feeling of solitude that descends when you’re alone in deep, quiet woods. (And also one of the loveliest German words, don’t you think?)
Berlin is ringed on all sides by the state of Brandenburg, whose rural terrain and small, parochial towns are a pretty stark contrast to the über-cool capital city. It’s quite often said by expats and natives alike that Berlin is not Germany. Well, Brandenburg is most definitely Germany. If you’re an expat who’s barely left the city, you might even get a little culture shock.
Anyway, the main draw of Brandenburg for city slickers such as myself is its nature. From forests to farms to lakes to river houseboats, Brandenburg has it all, in spades. Last weekend, to mark the waning summer season, I returned to a campsite I first discovered a few years ago, which is just outside the city limits and easy to get to via S-Bahn. Fresh air: It does a body good. And Berlin being the wonderfully multifaceted city that it is, it just so happens that you can camp on the shores of a secluded lake and pay only the price of a C-zone BVG ticket to get there.
There is swimming. There is boating. There are long walks in the forest along logging trails, which will lead you to a trout farm nestled deep in the woods. There is water lapping at the shore as the moon rises over the treeline.
Last but not least: like every German campsite I’ve been to, the Mölle-Süd Campsite offers a daily morning delivery of Schrippe. Eating freshly baked Frühstück buns in a wholesome nature setting: Could there be anything more German?
Take the S3 to Erkner, then bus 429 | Mölle Süd Campsite | Season runs from April 1-Oct. 31