I first arrived in Berlin in January and it was cold, colder than I had ever known. For me it was exciting and exotic. Especially when, on the way back from work one day I saw a frozen lake through the frosted window of the S1. For me, frozen lakes only existed in Tolstoy and Narnia and I was speechless that such a phenomenon existed within 20 minutes from my flat. I sped home, put on my warmest thermals and headed back. The lake, Schlactensee, was scattered with fur and fleece clad bodies, skating, sliding, walking, talking, drinking glüwein and eating roasted chestnuts. Dogs were happily confused at their skidding limbs and children were blissfully able to slide as they were never allowed on supermarket trolleys.

The lake is surrounded by trees and 19th century villas, it really is picure perfect and hard to believe that it’s only a stones throw  away from the center of Berlin.

A few months later the snow and ice melted and the lake once again became home to the ducks and birds of south Berlin. It is an equally magical place in spring when everything starts to turn green and crocuses and bluebells poke out behind the trees. Or in autumn when the leave turn beautiful shades of red and brown and crunch under your feet.  It is just warm enough to sit and have a coffee or glass of wine with a slice of apfelküchen on the edge of the water at the ‘fischerhütte am schlachtensee’ (see my review).

If you’re visiting Berlin in the summer then Schlactensee is again an utterly different experience. The lake is surrounded by scantily clad bathers and picnicers lounging on the green banks and splashing into the refreshingly cold and clear water. Now is the time to get yourself a franziskaner hefeweizen (delicious wheat beer) and sip contentedly as the warm breeze dries the fresh lake water from your skin.

In all seasons you can walk around the lake in around 1.5 hours and in summer you can hire boats from the ‘fischerhütte am schlachtensee’ end of the lake.

Hello, I’m Eleanor, I’m 23 and I want to share my Berlin with you! I come from London, studied in Edinburgh and now live in Schöneberg in West Berlin. I fell in love with the city whilst visiting a friend a few years ago and that love has only grown since I moved here last January. I work part time in a Kindergarten and for a film company and I spend all the hours in between exploring the nooks and crannies of this wondrous city. Candlelit cafes with impossibly comfy armchairs and old French jazz, cavernous wine bars, bustling restaurants that spill out onto the street and into the night, every corner holds a new place and a new adventure!