The Mecklenburg Lakes – relax and get active in an extraordinary scenery

 

View of Röbel in the area of the Mecklenburg Lakes; photo by Revier-Blende

Do you love nature? Relaxing or being active on the water? Then you won‘t want to miss out on the Mecklenburg Lakes in the Southern part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

 

Region of the Mecklenburg Lakes in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Being the “state of the thousand lakes“ – there are 2,036 lakes in this largest of all Lakelands in Europe – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers you meandering canals and stretches of waters. It is certainly a paradise for fans of all kinds of water sports. Accordingly you can enjoy canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, water skiing, rafting and motorboating, or just exploring the lakes by houseboat. Thanks to a special regulation, you don’t even need a licence to enjoy this pleasure. With their clear, clean water, the lakes are ideal for anglers and divers. You can get more information here.

 

Müritz National Park

Müritz Nation Park; by nicki_denis

 

In addition you do not have to travel as far as Rügen to visit extraordinary national parks: located at the western side of Lake Müritz – the largest lake of the Mecklenburg Lakes and affectionately nicknamed “the little sea“ – the Müritz national park is just around the corner. It offers lush and unspoiled vegetation and animals of all kind, wetlands, lakes and forests to explore as well as an exceptional education programme with guided tours and the possibility for children to learn and experience with all their senses.

 

Gardens and Parks

For those of you who love gardens and parks I recommend the garden and park routes in the area of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Below you can find a map with four different routes and the most interesting places with these features:

The garden and park routes in the region of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; graphic by NK

Wine and rocks

 

  • palace garden and wine hills in Rattey
  • herb garden Schwichtenberg with medical and spice plants, vegetables, ornamental plants and managed grasslands with fruit trees
  • rock garden Schwichtenberg with damp biotopes for reptils and sand martins as well as „outdoor class room“
  • manor park Galenbeck with Tanzlinden (dance linden) trees dating back over 150 years
  • the castle garden of Burg Stargard with woodland species from the 18th century

Parks – real jewels

  • palace garden Prillwitz: magnificently located at the Southern waterside of the Lieps River
  • palace garden Hohenzieritz: designed following the example of English country parks
  • manor park Peckatel: dynamic with sculptures
  • manor park Pieverstorf at the bike route passing the source lakes of the Havel
  • palace garden Dambeck with interesting natural trail

Historical garden tours

Palace garden Hohenzieritz; by Claus Moser

 

  • palace garden Neustrelitz – a Baroque gem
  • Zoological Garden Neustrelitz: family friendly
  • palace garden Mirow: historically significant
  • palace garden Drosedow with a system of cascades

Art and ice age

  • Lenné-Park Krumbeck: popular among tourists
  • spa gardens Feldberg
  • meadow park Feldberg with appealing scenery
  • Art Work Garden in Vogelsang in connection with works of four artists
  • Fallada-Garden in Carwitz as part of the Memorial Museum
  • Garden of the Ice Age Wittenhagen with Ice Age studio and nature trail

 

Windmills

The Windmill Museum in Woldegk; by Chpagenkopf

 

Oh, and if you are into windmills there are lots of them to be explored in this region, sometimes even from the inside. Here you can find a list of windmills which are located either in the coastal area or scattered around the Mecklenburg Lakes. Probably the most famous of all is the Dutch windmill in Woldegk about 25km south-east of Neubrandenburg. With its Windmill Museum and seven intact windmills this town of roughly 3,800 inhabitants is also referred to as the city of windmills. You can even get married among the flour sacks!

 

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One thought on “The Mecklenburg Lakes – relax and get active in an extraordinary scenery

  1. Hey Benedict, great aricle!=)

    I am originally from Mecklenburg-Strelitz, which is in the south of MV and I know a lot of the places mentioned in the article.
    I can recommend a canoe trip through the lakes of Feldberg or a bike tour in the “Müritz National Park”, where you can find untouched nature and a couple of wonderful sights! =)
    Woldegk is worth a visit for its traditional “Mühlenfest” (windmill festival) in June.
    What you really should visit is Burg Stargad, because it has the greatest ice cream( near the market), a little zoo on the “Klüschenberg”, a summer coasting slide and an medieval castle with a tower, from which you can see the whole area up to 15km (about 10 miles)! It is also famous for the Walpurgis- night(30. April–> 1. May.

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