I have Cihan to thank for suggesting I visit Plötzensee, and the wonderful afternoon and early evening I spent there last week.
Smaller than many of Berlin’s more famous lakes Plötzensee is just a short stroll from the end stop of the M13 tram at Virchow-Klinikum and named after the roach (Plötze) that were abundant in its waters.
A number of information points around the lake tell its history and detail the wildlife to be found there.
There is also a Strandbad (a man-made beach) with the obligatory Strandkörbe (beach baskets) and a Biergarten on the south west shore.
As I took pictures of the Strandbad, a nearby sunbather pointed out a family of swans moving along the lake.
I followed the swans to the north west shore (where I took the first image in this post) where they stopped to feed.
One of the adults watched me carefully until he or she realised that I was no threat.
I was able to take lots of photographs of the cygnets before a helicopter flying overhead frightened them off.