Line 68: Berlin's loveliest tram route?
Acclaimed by National Geographic as one of the world's top ten trolley car routes, Berlin's Tram 68 trundles through pine forests, hugs the banks of the city's longest lake and bypasses some highly desirable real estate.
And although, in all honesty, we're slightly surprised by this top-ranking accolade (the route isn't all gorgeous, and reaching the tram from central Berlin takes a bit of work) we'll still admit that it's an extra-special public transport ride.
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Start at Köpenick station to wind through the pretty old town, or board at Grünau for Tram 68's scenic best.
Within minutes you'll be treated to views of the Langer See (Long Lake) as the 14.5 km tram line skirts the water's shore.
In hot summer months swimmers and sunbathers laze just yards from the tracks, and of course you can simply hop off to join them.
There can't be too many trams in the world that take you straight to beautiful bathing spots - so perhaps National Geographic is on to something, after all.
The tramline is located on the south-east edge of Berlin, accessible from the city centre using S-bahn trains. Combine it with a sightseeing trip to the tiny but attractive old town of Köpenick (complete with Schloss), or join the tram at Grünau station.
For even more of an adventure, leave the tram at the stop 'Zum Seeblick' and follow the signs to the Ferry 21 landing. From April to October, a seven-minute journey across the lake will take you to Krampenburg - a camping site surrounded by dense forest.
68 tram from Köpenick station to Alt-Schmöckwitz runs approximately every 20 minutes from early morning until midnight. Check Brandenburg transport website for details.