Templiner See

Templiner See

The Templiner See looking north, with the Berlin outer ring railway in the foreground, and the Hermannswerder peninsula behind.
Location Brandenburg
Coordinates 52°22′3″N 13°1′6″E / 52.36750°N 13.01833°E / 52.36750; 13.01833Coordinates: 52°22′3″N 13°1′6″E / 52.36750°N 13.01833°E / 52.36750; 13.01833
Primary inflows River Havel
Primary outflows River Havel
Basin countries Germany
Max. length 5.8 kilometres (3.6 mi)
Max. width 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi)
Surface area 5.11 square kilometres (1.97 sq mi)
Max. depth 6 metres (20 ft)
Surface elevation 29.4 metres (96 ft)
Settlements Potsdam, Caputh, Geltow

Templiner See is a lake in the state of Brandenburg, Germany. It stretches to the south and west from the centre of the city of Potsdam.

The lake is some 5.8 kilometres (3.6 mi) long, with a maximum width of 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) and a surface area is 5.11 square kilometres (1.97 sq mi). It lies at an elevation of 29.4 metres (96 ft) above sea level, and has a maximum depth of 6 metres (20 ft).

Motorboat race in 1929: Henry Segrave's Miss Alacrity

The navigable River Havel flows through the lake, entering it at its northern end adjacent to central Potsdam, and leaving it at its southern end via a short channel to the Schwielowsee between Caputh and Geltow. The lake is crossed by two cable ferries, the Kiewitt Ferry towards its northern end, and the Caputh Ferry at its southern exit. Navigation is administered as part of the Untere Havel–Wasserstraße.[1][2]

At the northern end of the lake, the peninsula of Hermannswerder protrudes into the lake. At about its midpoint, the lake is crossed by the Berlin outer ring railway, using an embankment and bridge. This was built in the 1950s, to bypass West Berlin during the division of Germany.


  1. Sheffield, Barry (1995). Inland Waterways of Germany. St Ives: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson. pp. 93–100. ISBN 0-85288-283-1.
  2. "Hauptstrecken Abkürzungen" [Main route abbreviations] (in German). Wasser- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung des Bundes. Retrieved 2011-02-06.

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