Welcome to Wannsee
Leafy Wannsee, Berlin’s southwesternmost suburb, is named for the enormous Wannsee lake, which is really just a bulge in the Havel River. In fine weather, it’s a fantastic place to leave the city bustle behind. You can cruise around the lake, walk in the forest, visit an enchanting island, tour a Prussian palace and work on your tan in the Strandbad Wannsee, a lakeside lido with a 1km-long sandy beach, or at one of the area's other quick-dip spots. On the western edge of the lake (and easily reached by bus) are a couple of major sights, one linked to the Nazis and one to the painter Max Liebermann.