Unfamiliar paths, new discoveries, a special film set and relaxed hiking with swimming at the lake. This short and varied one-way late riser tour from Storkower See to Wendisch Rietz is also suitable for families.
Enchanted: stroll in the castle park and relax by the lake
Hidden: past lost places of the GDR era
Curse: over old wooden planks through the nature reserve
Provided: Homemade lemonade or fish from the Märkisches Meer
Start: Hubertushöhe station
Destination: Wendisch Rietz train station
Length: 6.5 km / approx. 2 hours
Arrival by public transport: RB24 / S-Bahn to Königs-Wusterhausen, then RB36 to Hubertushöhe
Departure public transport: RB36 from Wendisch Rietz towards Königs Wusterhausen and Berlin (RB / S)
The regional train takes you to the small Hubertushöhe stop. You are only a few meters away from Storkower See. The entrance couldn't be nicer: You will be welcomed by Hubertushöhe Castle. The former hunting lodge borders directly on the lake and is nestled in a large, picturesque park with old trees and fragrant meadows. The magnificent property with castle, terrace, pretty outbuildings, fisherman's cottage with snack bar and beer garden as well as the harbor with boathouses was acquired by two industrialists in 2012. They want to use their previous use as a luxury hotel to create a place for everyone who is interested in art, culture and literature. The launch for the new projects is planned for soon.
Babylon Berlin on Storkower See
Hubertushöhe Castle is currently used as an event location for weddings and conferences and you can stroll through the park and the lake in a relaxed atmosphere. There are lots of photo opportunities! Fun fact: In the first season of the “Babylon Berlin” series, the hunting seat becomes an elite rowing club and the Storkower See is quickly converted into the Wannsee. The main characters Charlotte and Greta spend a day full of fateful encounters on its banks.
Along the lake and past lost places
The tour now takes you as a riverside path with beautiful views along the Storkower See and towards Wendisch Rietz. A special place is the little church of St. Maria. It was built in the shape of a fish from wood and can be admired with a short detour to Robert-Koch-Straße. The trail on the shore also takes you to a hidden swimming area. Across the street in the forest can be seen abandoned buildings that belonged to a former rest home of the National Defense Council of the GDR.
On wooden planks through the marshland
This is followed by a beautiful section through a nature reserve. The adventurous Knüppeldamm, now also recognizable as the 66-Seen-Weg, crosses the mystical alder forest and a swamp area. Endangered species such as otters, bats and the moor frog live here. Fun fact: In order to impress the ladies, the otherwise brown moor frog males can develop an intense blue color for a few days during the spawning season in April.
Scandinavian flair in Wendisch Rietz
In Wendisch Rietz, the Storkower See and the Märkische Meer, as Fontane called the imposing Scharmützelsee, are connected by a canal. Here the clear lake opens far to the north. You can chill out on a large lawn and jump into the cool water at the bathing area at the southern tip of the lake. Or you can try the homemade apple and mint lemonade, ice cream and homemade cakes in the friendly Atelier Café in the old village school across the street.
If you still have time, you can make a detour to Scandinavia. You cross the lock bridge over to the small harbor in around 20 minutes. As in Sweden, the red and yellow wooden houses greet you from the water. At the Schwarzhorn campsite, another 20 minutes further north, you can find freshly smoked products from the Märkisches Meer in the farm shop of the Storkower fish cooperative.
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- Bathing areas: Small natural bathing area Hubertushöhe, bathing area at the festival meadow and on the beach road in Wendisch Rietz
- Playgrounds: Gretanien, Strandstraße and in Scharmuntzelland Wendisch Rietz with mini golf and climbing wall (admission)
- Boat rental, SUP & Co at Surf and Fun, Strandstraße 10 in Wendisch Rietz
Hubertushöhe: Fischerkate by Ben
Wendisch Rietz: Homemade lemonade in the Ateliercafe, Fischland fishery with smokehouse, Wendisch Rietz fish house southeast of the train station