Griebnitzsee (German: [ˈɡʁiːpnɪtsˌzeː] (About this soundlisten)) is a lake at the south-western outskirts of Berlin, the capital city of Germany. At an elevation of 29.4 m, its surface area is ca. 0.592 km². The lake forms the border between the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg. It is bordered in the north by the Wannsee district of Berlin, and in the south and west by the Babelsberg district of Potsdam in Brandenburg.

View of Griebnitzsee
Griebnitzsee is located in Berlin
LocationBerlin, Brandenburg
Coordinates52°23′55″N 13°7′55″E / 52.39861°N 13.13194°E / 52.39861; 13.13194Coordinates: 52°23′55″N 13°7′55″E / 52.39861°N 13.13194°E / 52.39861; 13.13194
Primary inflowsTeltow Canal
Basin countriesGermany
Max. length3.1 km (1.9 mi)
Max. width265 m (869 ft)
Surface areaca. 59.2 ha (146 acres)
Surface elevation29.4 m (96 ft)
SettlementsBerlin, Potsdam


At its eastern end, near Kohlhasenbrück in Berlin, the Griebnitzsee receives water from the Teltow Canal. One third of this water[citation needed] flows into the adjacent Griebnitz Canal and through a chain of lakes towards the Großer Wannsee. The remaining water flows through the Griebnitzsee to its western end, where it flows into the River Havel near Potsdam.[1]

The length of the Griebnitzsee is navigable, and forms part of the Teltow Canal route that links the River Havel with the River Spree and the Oder-Spree Canal, bypassing the reach of the River Spree through central Berlin. The navigable Griebnitz Canal provides an alternative link from the Griebnitzsee to the River Havel via the Großer Wannsee.[1]

During the time of the Berlin Wall, the border between Berlin and East Germany ran down the middle of the lake. A patrol path existed for border guards along the southern and western shore. After German reunification, this path became a public lake-side promenade. In 2009, however, many new owners of lakeside properties began blocking public access by fencing off their properties down to the water's edge.[2]


  1. ^ a b Sheffield, Barry (1995). Inland Waterways of Germany. St Ives: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson. p. 118. ISBN 0-85288-283-1.
  2. ^ Der Spiegel, May 2009

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