Brandenburgers are quite proud of their corner of the world, and you can see why when you arrive in Grumsin, a 670 hectare beech forest in the middle of the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve near Angermünde, Brandenburg. While perhaps not on the same level as the Grand Canyon or the Serengeti, the site maintains UNESCO world heritage status and is only around two hours from Berlin by car or train. In spring and early summer the reserve is especially lovely, as the lush greenery refreshes and calms you at the same time. The forest path is surprisingly varied: you encounter little hills, small ponds and clearings with impressive old trees surrounded by younger greenery which winds its way across the route. This vegetation means you need to be sure footed – sadly the path is not wheelchair accessible.
You can start your route in the village of Altkünkendorf, where there is an information point, though the trails – of which there are four – are well signposted. The longest of the official tours takes about eight hours with the shorter “Grünes Buchenblatt” (“green beech leaf”) route taking around two and a half hours. If you want to combine a shorter hour-long walk with other highlights in the area, start near Altkünkendorf and head towards Louisenhof, heading out of the village into the forest and then back out again. Once you have had enough exercise, you can get a well-deserved ice cream at Hemme Milch.
Text & Photos: Nina Trippel