Despite being only a short car or train journey from bustling Berlin, the idyllic region around the Scharmützelsee and its surrounding smaller lakes is as off the beaten track, as reasonably priced and as untouristy as they come. You can pamper yourself in the thermal brine spas at Bad Saarow, spend the night in the opulent surroundings of the fairytale Schloss Hubertushöhe, a former royal hunting lodge, or just take in the protected beauty of the unspoilt beaches, woodland and wildlife in, on and around the lakes.
Scharmützelsee region, www.scharmuetzelsee.de/dateien/HOLIDAY.pdf. Nearest railway stations coming from Berlin: Bad Saarow - Pieskow, Wendisch-Rietz, Storkow/Mark.
Schloss Hubertushöhe, www.hubertushoehe.de/. Nearest railway station coming from Berlin: Hubertushöhe.
Bad Saarow thermal spa, www.bad-saarow.de/de/bad-saarow-therme/saarowtherme/Cached. Nearest railway station coming from Berlin: Bad Saarow-Pieskow (some direct trains, else change at Fürstenwalde)
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