In our neighbourhood at home one of our favourite trails for hiking leads through Briese Valley / Briesetal near the Northern gates of Berlin. The Briese is a small, not very long river flowing mostly in a glacial groover. Here you may find a wild alder swamp forest, beaver dams and marshland in quite original condition. During our recent visit nature has rested still in winter mode but at least some green to be admired on the watersurface.The nicest part of this trail starts at the village of Briese in the direction of Zühlsdorf over a distance of around 6 km. There it is possible to make a rest at a nice old forester’s lodge in the woods where you get small snacks (such as homemade deer sausage) and drinks during the weekend all year round and then go back on the other riverside with different views, a nice roundtrip of approx. 12 km.



Jo’s Monday walk : Natural beauty at Fonte Filipe


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18 thoughts on “ENCHANTED FOREST”

  1. You live in such an enchanting neighbourhood. I can’t even imagine that at Bangalore. Though not quite unimaginable in my home town, which is a small hill station. I can imagine how nice it must be to just casually step out of home and go for a hike such as this. Great pictures!

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    1. I am also living in a densely populated metropolitan area like you but more than 40 % are green (forest, parks, lakes and agriculture) here in Berlin. Real wild and original nature is more rare of course but a lot of nature reserves try to preserve it somehow. And there are also efforts to recultivate meadows, swamps or moors what usually takes some time. The area and natural reserve in this post near Berlin was also used economically in the past with diverse water mills, but now it is again quite original. And nothing like this in Bengaluru?


  2. More than 40% greenery in a densely populated metro area is such bliss, even if that’s not original nature….as long it’s living and breathing. Good know that efforts are on to bring in more of it. Interesting to note that this area here was not like this always.
    Bengaluru used to be a beautiful city of flowers, trees and lakes. In the last 10-15 years the IT industry has grown at a tremendous pace leading to rampant, unplanned growth. The small quiet city (used to be known as a retirement paradise) grew beyond its means in too short a duration. With IT Parks and multistoried housing complexes the greenary is extensively lost. Stretches, that constituted miles and miles of forests are gone without trace. The myriad lakes it had have almost dissappeared, the few that remain are dying. Citizens groups and individual effort in the last 1-2 years have managed to rejuvenate a few of them though. People from other parts of India (especially East and North-East) have migrated in droves to this small city as job scenario is bleak in that part of the country. There are pockets of green here and there but not a lot of it.

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  3. Wunderbares stilles Flusstal, sehr schön mit Fahrrad und Wanderschuhen zu ergründen (im war im letzten Herbst da). Sehr schöne Bilder. Tut gut, zu lesen und anzuschauen an diesem grauen Tage.
    LG Daniel

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  4. From my home it just takes me 10 minutes with the bike to a huge city forest (3000 hectares), so really plenty of green nearby in town. Even honey produced in Berlin, around 10,000 kgs each year. So a quite green town liked also by bees!


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