As well as being the largest forest within city limits, Grunewald is also an up-market residential area full of beautiful villas built by merchants, scientists and artists who flocked to this leafy district in the mid 19th century. Exclusive Koenigsallee, for example, is home to numerous plush lodgings, including the home of Walther Rathenau, the Weimar Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs who was assassinated by right-wing radicals in 1922. Nowadays, Berliners flock to Grunewald to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Perfect for a long, relaxing walk or an energetic bike ride, the forest is rich in wildlife, home to wild boar, deer, foxes and a stunning variety of birdlife. In the summertime, thousands of Berliners head for the water at Wannsee or the beach at Strandbad Wannsee. Quieter and equally beautiful, Krumme Lanke and Schlachtensee lakes are more low-key getaways, good for those looking for something more peaceful. Grunewald is also great for winter activities—skiing through the forest, ice-skating on the lakes, or sledging down the slopes at Teufelsberg. Architectural highlights tucked away in the forest include the 15th century Jagdschloß Grunewald, the 55 metre-high Grunewaldturm and the castle and landscape gardens at Pfaueninsel.
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- Nearest Train: Grunewald, Nikolassee, Wannsee