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Hot in the city this weekend? As Berliners gear up for another scorcher (perhaps the last?), they head for the lakes. Where do waterbabies in the Hauptstadt go? Exberliner shares our top five picks (in no particular) for a dip. Whether it's beauty, privacy or simply convenience, here's where to get wet.
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Hidden 800 metres into the Siemensstadt woods, Freibad Jungfernheide is part Loveboat, part Welsh lake country. The uncomplicated, round and boat-free lake was built in the 1920s by Siemens for its factory workers, and it’s about as bucolic as it gets. Food-wise, you may just have to be content with an upscale Mediterranean restaurant, so eat first.
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We're not sure what's "white" about the Weißer See, but it's a decent option for a quick summer dip, and it's just 15 minutes from Alexanderplatz by tram. Either lounge in the grassy public park and enter the water via muddy banks, or pay €4.50 for access to sun-beds, a sandy beach, kiddie-safe swimming and showers at the Strandbad Weißensee. Or rent a rowboat and float through the giant fountain in the centre of the lake.
Don’t be fooled by the name – Flughafensee (“airport lake”) may sound like a man-made business trip trap – but the lake way out west actually boasts plenty of leafy greenage, ample (free) beach space and FKK swimming possibilities. While it’s a bit of a trek through the woods to get there, if you bring a bike it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to find your perfect spot. And the vegetative cover also provides a perfect setting for those embarking on trips of other sorts.
If you’re in the mood for a large lake with expansive views and only a short ride out on the S3, then Müggelsee might be your best bet. With ample space for swimming spots, ranging from a main beach to nudist areas, it might be difficult to find your perfect sanctuary. Our insider tip (if you can manage to find it) lies beyond an underwater tunnel and through some woods paths that eventually open up to a swimming area of bliss. With large grassy patches for lounging under shady willow trees and a small secluded beach, this spot makes for perfect family swims or for anyone who would like a small beach feel with a big lake view.
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A short walk from the last stop on the U3, Krumme Lanke (or, as referred to by uncouth expats, “Crummy Lanky”) offers good clean swimming and relatively well-behaved crowds thanks to its location in well-heeled Steglitz-Zehlendorf. Make sure to stop by Thai Park (also on the U3) on the way back to make up for all those burned calories.