"Young" and "hot" are two adjectives you might use to describe the Schorfheide-Chorin UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Located around an hour to the north-east of Berlin, this impressive young cultural landscape characterised by the Ice Age comprises some 240 lakes, thousands of peat bogs and vast meadows and fields. The multifaceted biosphere reserve combines old cultural and natural landscapes and is home to an incredibly wide range of flora and fauna, making the region a biodiversity hotspot within Germany.
Tranquil, vast and secluded are words that perfectly capture the spirit of the biosphere reserve. And that surely explains why more than 150 species of birds, including cranes, black storks, sea eagles, ospreys and lesser spotted eagles, live and breed in the unspoilt natural woodland setting. With around 240 lakes and countless peat bogs in the nature reserve, beavers and otters can be seen all over, so look out for them when you go rambling on the water. You're in for a truly unforgettable experience!
You're sure to be just as impressed by the reserve's flora, as many of the plants here feature on the list of endangered species to be found in Germany. Head to the special viewpoints for an unobstructed look at the animals and plants. If you want to find out more about the local area, expert nature and landscape guides are on hand to take you on a range of themed hikes tailored to the seasons. And you can dive right in to the many lakes – or swim in them, sail on them or explore them from a canoe.
Enjoy a relaxed and comfortable train journey to the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve. Take a train from Berlin to the Chorin, Angermünde or Templin train stations and you'll be all set to head off on your adventures in the local area.
You can find the best train route here or on the DB Navigator app.
Top tip: Make sure you enter your exact starting and finishing points when searching for a route.
For example: Stephensonstrasse 1, Frankfurt am Main to Hoher Steinweg 5-6, Angermünde.
You can also find international super saver fares on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Getting around the local area
Popular destinations like the NABU Blumberger Mühle Nature Experience Centre, Templin's historical Old Town, the Schorfheide Wildlife Park and Chorin Abbey are easy to get to by bus or train. During peak season, you can take the BiberBus from Angermünde round the Wolletzsee lake and all the way to the Grumsin UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. You can also explore the region by bike, as there are places to hire standard and electric bikes locally.
You can find out more about getting around the local area online.
Black Forest National Park and
The two nature parks in the Black Forest promise unforgettable experiences surrounded by nature and a stunning cultural landscape. The national park is a little bit on the wilder side, with perfectly intact habitats that provide undisrupted homes for native flora and fauna.
Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve and
The oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany, the Rennsteig, covers almost 170 km through the region in the centre of Germany, linking the Thuringian Forest Nature Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It sure does pay to be well connected!