Adventure on the 66 lakes trail.

ADVENTURE

the 66 lakes hiking trail

The 420km (260 miles) long trail leads through the state of Brandenburg and around Berlin. It is one of the most attractive flatland hiking trails in Germany. Hikers experience a variety of landscapes and travel on foot through forests, grain fields and small towns, passing lakes, farms and castles along the way.

my trail journal and some hiking tips

For those interested in weekend adventures and long-distance trails, hikers and backpackers who want to explore the 66 themselves, here are my experiences.

A bench with a backpack, a map and a water bottle.
Posing like the wanderer above the sea of fog.

The official route consists of 17 sections that can be divided into several day trips. Each section starts and ends at a small railroad station or a bus stop.

The bus stop Leuenberg/Dorf.

Most of the starting points can be reached by public transport from Berlin in less than 90 minutes. Be careful not to miss the last ride, or you will be stuck in the backcountry.

The old railroad station in Falkenberg/Mark.
Two plastic chairs at the train station in Falkenberg/Mark.

The route follows the trail marking: blue dot on white square.

A trail sign.
Trail marker on a tree trunk.
Trail sign: All directions.
 

The trail markings are not continuous along the route. On some sections you will get lost without a map or GPS.

Trail sign: All directions.
A dog holding a hiking map.
A smartphone with a hiking app, a compass and a map.

I have changed the route. Officially, the trail starts in the center of Potsdam. I have gone around the city. I wanted to avoid the tourists and therefore skipped the crowded sights. In some places there were more suitable alternative routes, and once a owner asked me not to enter her private property. At these points I incorporated changes. My route starts and ends at the Glienicker Bridge. You can download my GPX track for the trail here.

Blue sky over a bright yellow canola field.
Red poppy flower in a grain field.

I started this trail in spring and plan to finish it in the fall. Then I will have wandered through all the colorful seasons.

Although this hiking trail has some very peaceful spots, you will not find the solitude of the mountains. On the way you will see beautiful natural landscapes and all kinds of wildlife, but also urban areas.

Old tires lying in the woods.

Sometimes you walk right next to the Autobahn or hear the loud banging of containers in an industrial port some distance away. You will find yourself on small side streets and dirt roads, walk past litter, abandoned buildings, strange architecture, sterile front yards and an odd assortment of garden decorations.

Pelican and garden decoration at a small pond.

It took a while, but I got used to it and began to appreciate even the quirky aspects of this hike.

You can visit my walking journal and see my trail highlights right here !

Take plenty of water with you. Drinking water can be a rare resource. Apply sunscreen and bug spray. On this hike you will encounter many mosquitoes and bloodthirsty ticks.

 

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