Historisches Falkensee
Geschichtspark Dauerausstellung Museum Rosengarten Falkenhagener Anger Falkenhagener See
Historisches FalkenseeEin Rundgang durch die Geschichte

Two lakes

The Falkenhagener See and the Neue See

Falkenhagener See and the surrounding area: Schmettausches map series 1767-1787
Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage, dl-de / by-2-0

Ice Age formation

The Falkenhagener See, the larger of the two neighboring lakes, was formed as part of a meltwater channel during the last ice age. With the disappearance of the glacier ice, lowlands with lakes and drainage channels remained. One of these lowlands can still be experienced today from the Falkenhagener See over the Spektegrünzug to Spandau. To the south-east of the Falkenhagener See you can still find the name "Alter See" on historical maps.

The Falkenhagener See

The first documentary mention of the village of Falkenhagen refers to a change of ownership of the Falkenhagener See in 1336. The knight of Gruelhut donated the lake to the Benedictine nunnery in Spandau in recognition of the admission of his daughter to the monastery. After that, the owners changed frequently. In 1919 the municipality of Falkenhagen bought the lake of the same name and advertised the most beautiful natural bathing establishment in the entire Mark Brandenburg, located on the southern bank of the lake.

Since the Falkenhagener See has no inflow and the water level continued to sink, large amounts of water have been channeled into the lake from the neighboring Havel Canal since 1977.

In order to counteract silting up, the city of Falkensee had the Falkenhagener See desludged from 1992 to 1997 with funding from the State of Brandenburg. Before the start of the measures, the lake had a maximum water depth of 1.50 meters and after its completion a depth of around 3 meters.

The Neue See

The new Lake „Neue See", the smaller of the two lakes, was created through the extraction of sand from 1934 onwards. The sand extracted was needed for the expansion of the railway line between Berlin-Spandau and Falkensee as an elevated railway. In 1939 the mining activities were ended. The dune-like sand hills south of the New Lake still bear witness to the formation today.

Local recreation and landscape protection

First and foremost, those looking for relaxation will find a refuge here. An open-air stage on Falkenhagener See, well-tended green areas and a boat rental were evidence of the great importance of the two lakes for local recreation in GDR times.


The nature reserve "Nauen-Krämer-Brieselang" has existed since 1998, on the southeastern edge of which lies the Falkenhagener See with the adjoining lowland. The habitats for rare and endangered animal and plant species are particularly worthy of protection.

Bathing establishment at Falkenhagener See, 1930s

Postcard, Archive Museum Falkensee

Outdoor swimming pool with bathing beach on the Neuen See, 1940s

Postcard, Archive Museum Falkensee

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