Brandenburg, the state that encircles Berlin, is known as the land of 3,000 lakes, and a visit to one is the perfect antidote to any of the Berlin vices – beer, cigarettes, sausage – to which you may have succumbed. Starkly beautiful in winter and inviting in summer, a good number of the lakes are reachable by public transport, and, if you bring a bike, you stand a good chance of finding your own private lakeside sunbathing patch. Whether for sailing, swimming or strolling, each lake has its own distinct character, and every Berliner has his or her favourite. Striking out in any direction from Berlin after a hard night’s clubbing, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
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