Berlin Lakes: Schlachtensee

by James Glazebrook

Schlechtes Wetter! We’re feeling pretty smug that we chose last week to visit Schlachtensee, as the dry 30°C+ conditions were perfect for a day by the water. It seems like most of Berlin had the same idea, as what is probably the city’s most easily accessible lake (next door to both S- and U-Bahn stations) was teeming with half-naked (and some fully-naked) people of all ages, paddling, swimming and soaking up the sun. We chilled out, had a picnic, walked the 5.5km circumference of the lake – half of which permitted dogs of the leash (good news for Olive!) – before making the short S-Bahn ride home. Here are Zoë’simpressions of a day out in beautiful German nature.