Grunewald West - River Havel

Berlin-Brandenburg  >  Germany

For birders living in Berlin this area is easily accessible, even without a car (e.g. Public transport or bike).

Added* by Steven Schulting
Most recent update 1 July 2022
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The combination of forest and the nearby river Havel provides a nice combination of forestbirds and waterfowl. The Havel river is also used for navigation by migrating flocks of all sorts (I once saw a Red-flanked Bluetail here but this absolutely a rarity. There is a platform that overlooks the Pechsee (a small protected swampy area) which most years has a pair of breeding Common Crane. From there, there are several interesting sites within walking distance, like Dahlemer Feld, a small sandy, semi-open terrain in the middel of the Grunewald. Especially in summer this heathlike terrain can offer nice surpises like Golden Oriole , European Honey-buzzard , Woodcock and a fair change on Wood Lark. A good starting point is the Grunewald Turm, which has a large parking lot, a busstop and a restaurant. One could for instance first walk a circle through the forest, take a rest in the restaurant and then another circular walk along the river Havel. Paths are well marked and enriched with information signs about the forest and its wildlife. As it is near the city the location attracts quite a few visitors on weekends and holidays in summer. Not the best place for birders who like to enjoy nature quietely. However during weekdays and in autumn or winter it can be very quiet. A walk along the river Havel and Am Grossen Fenster can be rewarding in any time of the year as in Winter one can see various waterbirds like Common Goldeneye , Goosander and Great Egret .



There is a busline that stops at the Grunewald Turm and many walking and biking trails start from there. The Grunewald Turm is also accessible by car and has a large parking lot.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , River , Reedbeds , Wetland , Lake , Moors/heathland



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Summer

Best time to visit

Spring , Spring migration , Summer


Unpaved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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