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Fauler See – get to know one of Berlin’s nature reserves

The Faulen See is a natural lake located in the Pankow district of Berlin. The park that houses it has the same name and is a nature reserve, although it is surrounded by a residential area.  

Because it is an urban park, the residents of the surrounding area consciously enjoy this wooded nature reserve of almost 25 hectares around the lake, which occupies about one-fifth of the area. 

Before it was opened to the public in 1920, the entire area belonged to the Hohenschönhausen manor.  Since 1933, the authorities have declared it a nature reserve. The lake itself was formed naturally during the retreat of the glaciers.

Fauler see Berlin - Photo: KarlaNomade ©Karla Maragno
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Fauler See - Photo: KarlaNomade ©Karla Maragno

What makes the area around Fallen See so unique is its location in the middle of the city. Even those who have just a little time for a meditation break for example surrounded by nature can achieve this peace easily.

The break can also be taken for jogging or walking around the lake.

But just sitting and listening to the sound of the birds is also an option. Although there are hardly any benches in the park. Which I see as a positive point in the vision of sustainable travel.

Where is the Fauler See

The Fauler See nature reserve is located in the Weißensee district, on the border with the Lichtenberg district.  

If you go a little off the beaten path and areas like the playgrounds, you find perfect spots for nice photos

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Fauler see Berlin - Photo: KarlaNomade ©Karla Maragno

The lake itself is a dead lake without a natural inlet. Today, storm drains end at the Fauler See, feeding relatively impure water. To prevent silting of the lake, the reeds are removed and the mud is dredged at regular intervals. A ditch system is connected to the Panke River and forms a partial outlet. The distance from the groundwater floor in the Faulen See park area is 20-30 meters. 

The nature reserve is home to chickens, waterfowl, ducks, teals, as well as songbirds, among other species. A total of about 40 species of breeding birds were counted during observations in the 1980s.

How to get there

These tips are naturally for those who are aware of the importance of sustainable travel in Germany. Therefore, car travel will not be found here. 

It is not difficult to get to the Faulen See – after all, this green oasis is right in the middle of the city.

There are five Tram and bus stops around the nature reserve.

Lines 27, M4 or M13 to Stadion Buschallee/Suermondtstraße or Am Faulen See.

Or better yet, you can simply reach the park on foot or by bicycle.

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