Hiking the Mecklenburg Lake District and Baltic coast – winter in the North
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Snowflakes dancing over lakes, red-golden sunsets, crystal-clear air, jagged cliffs and the continuous lapping of the waves – the nature between the Mecklenburg Lake District and the endless beaches of the Baltic Sea can be both peaceful and powerful in winter. On clear days it is especially nice to explore the nature here under the winter sun. You walk along natural paths, passing rivers, lakes, and white beaches. If you venture out in blustery weather, you can experience the roaring waves below the chalk cliffs of Rügen, feel the wind on your cheeks and see the crooked pine trees on the beach which have been shaped by the weather over the centuries. Don’t forget your rain jacket and hat though! Whether you choose a long or short Tour, a warm cafe, sauna, warm bath, and, of course, cup of hot tea, are waiting for you at the finish line.
We have selected six fantastic Tours for you so that you can start hiking straight away. Lace up your boots and set off down the narrow paths that take you into quiet forests and to white sandy beaches. Our Tours take you to the most beautiful protected areas of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the north of Germany. A network of well-developed paths run over the wild coastline with snow-white chalk cliffs, weathered trees, crystal clear rivers and untouched valleys. Take a look at our Tours and you can look forward to experiencing the winter in the far north. We’ve included some wellness and food offers to make sure you have a perfect winter holiday.
On the high coastal path on the Isle of Rügen, you reach a magnificent UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site with ancient beech trees which is a great place for hiking in winter in any weather. On a clear day, you can look out over the Baltic Sea for miles and when the wind roars, the waves crash against the rocky shore far below you.
The lighthouse trail takes you around the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula, over its winding wooden footbridges, and through its unique dune landscapes. In the Warnow-Durchbruchtal valley, you encounter the only white-water river in northern Germany along with its narrow valley sections and rushing water. Fallada's Fridolin hike is magical too. You follow in the footsteps of the cheeky badger, explore the emerald-coloured Luzin and take a trip on one of the last cable ferries in northern Germany.
The sun-drenched island of Usedom offers two adventurous walks. You won’t find the same combination of white sandy beaches, glitzy spa villas, quaint reed bays, and rustic fishing villages anywhere else.
You can reach all Tours by public transport, by train or bus. If you are travelling by car, you can find a parking space at each starting point. Throw on your trendy parka or slip into your cuddly winter jacket and enjoy the quiet winter nature of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
This impressive hike takes you to the unique chalk cliffs and through the autumnal beech forests of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Jasmund National Park. It is not for nothing that the Hochuferweg has been voted one of the top 10 most beautiful German hiking trails several times.With the regional express or the Intercity you can easily get from Berlin and Hamburg to Sassnitz. Alternatively, you can also travel by car. The tour starts at the parking lot above the Sassnitz zoo in Stubbenkammerstraße. After only a few hundred meters you will be spoiled with a breathtaking view of the Baltic Sea. From now on it goes along the steep coast.One fantastic vantage point follows the next: the Wissower Klinken, a former landmark of Rügen before its crash in 2005, and the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt view, from which you can see large parts of the chalk coast. You will also come across the legendary pirate canyon. The legendary pirate Störtebeker is said to have had his retreat here.The high bank path leads you through the magnificent beech forests of the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the small stump chamber with a view of Victoria. The view of the Königsstuhl is simply breathtaking. At 118 meters high, it is the highest and most famous rock on the Rügen chalk coast. In the National Park Bistro you can fortify yourself with regional and ecological dishes when you've had enough of the views.At the end, you can either hike back the same way or take the hiking bus to Sassnitz. All stops in the Jasmund National Park are served every half hour in summer and every hour from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter. You can find current information here: vvr-bus.de/region/ausflugstipps/details/?45-wandererlebnis-jasmund
The short but impressive round trip takes you into the wild and romantic breakthrough valley of the Warnow. On natural, narrow paths you will discover rare animal and plant species in the largest breakthrough valley in northern Germany.If you want to travel by public transport, the 849 on-call bus will bring you from the Sternberger ZOB to the starting point of the tour in Groß Görnau. You can find more information about the on-call buses here: vlp-lup.de. Alternatively, you can arrive by car and park it in the free hiking car park at the “Warnow Mildenitz Durchbruchstal” nature reserve.Before you dive into the pristine Warnow area, you can find out more about this special landscape from an information board. Then a path takes you down to the Warnow and along the shore to a pretty wooden bridge. You climb over a narrow path to the remains of a hilltop castle that is over 1,000 years old. Do not be surprised that you do not find stone walls or ruins of a castle in the general sense. Rather, the Slavic castles consisted of mighty ramparts and steep banks.You follow the castle wall up to 30 meters above the Warnow. After you have crossed a sheep paddock, you accompany the river over wild wet and natural meadows back into the forest. A small rest area invites you to linger before heading back on the other bank of the river.Scree, rocks and a narrow valley ensure that the Warnow has a wild-water-like character here. With a bit of luck, on the last section of the tour you will spot beavers or shimmering kingfishers that feel at home on the only white water river in northern Germany.Our tip: After the hike, you can visit the archaeological open-air museum in Groß Raden. A Slavic village was faithfully recreated there - a great experience not only for children. You can find all the information here: auf-nach-mv.de/reiseziel/a-archaeologisches-freilichtmuseum.
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The wonderful lighthouse path brings you to the national park area Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft with fairytale forests, white sandy beaches and meandering boardwalk paths. You walk through a unique dune landscape to the brick-red Darßer Ort lighthouse, the northernmost point on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula.The train takes you comfortably to Ribnitz-Damgarten in Northern Pomerania. Here you get on the 210 bus and come to your starting point in Prerow. If you are traveling by car, you can park at the Bernsteinweg car park in Prerow. Here you dive directly into the unspoilt Darß forest, which opens after a few kilometers and reveals the view of the lighthouse in the secluded Darßer Ort. A climb to the lighthouse is worthwhile, because from its top at a height of 35 meters you have a fantastic view over the Baltic Sea and the surrounding forest.Then it's off to the beach. You can let your mind wander and simply enjoy the white sand under your feet or look down a little more carefully. With a little luck you will discover amber, chicken gods or even thunderbolts - all unique rocks made of petrified tree resins and fossils or decorated with holes that have been washed out. A few kilometers further a narrow path leads into a magical dune landscape. A boardwalk leads you through the wonderful landscape. Especially in autumn you can witness a truly unique natural spectacle here: then rutting deer come to the beach, wade through shallow water and their distinctive roaring can be heard over a long distance.We continue to the Darßer Ort emergency port. You cross the small, idyllic harbor over a footbridge. Directly behind it, the dunes offer a wide view of the Baltic Sea. On your way back along the soft beach, you can take your time and collect beautiful shells and other floating debris as souvenirs.
On this fairytale hike, around ten kilometers long, you walk through the Feldberg lake landscape and the youngest terminal moraine landscape in Germany. Here, the German writer Hans Fallada was inspired by clear lakes, pristine forests and the rich flora and fauna for his children's book about the cheeky badger Fridolin. On Fallada's Fridolin Hike, you follow his footsteps.With the regional train or the Intercity you can easily get to Neustrelitz. From here the bus 619 takes you to Feldberg, where the quality route starts at the Luzin ferry. There is a car park nearby. Since this is a round trip, you can of course start at any other point on the route.From the ferry pier you walk past an accessible moor and through a centuries-old forest. From a panoramic ridge you have a wonderful view of the Schmalen Luzin, which shines emerald-colored and is considered the most beautiful lake in the Feldberg lake landscape. Now you are walking down to the village of Carwitz.The house of Hans Falladas is in the idyllic place and it is also his last resting place. You can treat yourself to a delicious flatbread with fresh fish at the local fish shop. Then it goes on through the nature reserves Hauptmannsberg and Hullerbusch. From the steep bank the forest opens up again and again and reveals the shimmering Zansen.When you get back to Schmaler Luzin, take the Luzin ferry across to the other bank. Ferryman Tom operates one of the last hand-operated cable ferries in Europe with her. From November to April, however, a telephone arrangement with him on 0170-3070128 is required. Once you have crossed the water, you have already reached the end of the varied hike.
Usedom - nowhere else will you experience the mix of white sandy beaches and radiant bathing villas, rustic reed bays and rustic fishing villages as directly as here. With two varied adventure tours, for which the romantic town of Zinnowitz is the ideal base camp, you will discover the sunny island in all its splendor and diversity.The regional express or Intercity takes you from Berlin to Züssow or from Hamburg to Stralsund. From here you have a connection to the Usedomer Bäderbahn, which takes you to Zinnowitz, where you will find many cozy accommodations. To get to the starting point of the tour, you again use the Bäderbahn and drive to Kölpinsee.You walk through the wonderful landscape to the backwaters to Loddin. Once you've passed Loddin, a path leads across green meadows and fields to Loddiner Höft. Here at the edge of the shore the cliff juts out of the backwater. When the weather is nice you can look over to the Gnitz peninsula. A bank invites you to linger here for a few minutes.You now leave the backwaters behind you and hike back via Loddin and the Kölpinsee seaside resort. The Baltic Sea is now right in front of you. On the sandy beach in the Kölpinsee seaside resort, you can rest, refresh your feet in the sea and indulge in the calming sound of the waves. A crisp, short ascent through a cloister and creaky beeches brings you up to the 58 meter high Streckelsberg. Up here, a magical view opens up over the seemingly endless sea, the gleaming white sandy beaches and green forests.After the descent from Streckelsberg, the route continues to Koserow and near the beach to Zinnowitz. The Baltic Sea is always in sight, even if you briefly disappear into the fragrant pine forest. The tour ends at the pier, where you can use the diving bell to take a look into the world below the surface of the sea.
The second adventure tour on the sunny island of Usedom takes you to Peenemünde with its toy and technology museum and through beautiful nature along white sandy beaches near Karlshagen and Trassenheide.The regional express or Intercity takes you from Berlin to Züssow or from Hamburg to Stralsund. From here you have a connection to the Usedomer Bäderbahn, which takes you to Zinnowitz, where you will find many cozy accommodations. To the starting point of the tour, you use the bathing train and drive to Peenemünde.If you like, you can spend some time right here before you really start your hike. Exciting impressions await in the toy museum and the historical-technical museum. In the latter, you can explore areas that are in the restricted area, such as test stand VII, from where the world's first rocket flew into space. Then it goes on to the Peenestrom.Here it is worth looking up from time to time, because you are now walking past a large breeding site for gray herons. With a little luck, they will circle over you before heading back to the banks to hunt fish. A leisurely path takes you past the reed belt of the Cämmerer See to Karlshagen. One or the other perfect postcard motif is now right in front of you and shell seekers do not go away empty-handed. Once you have left the bathing resort behind you, a narrow path winds through fragrant pine forests to Trassenheide, where you can stop for a stop or two.The gently rushing waves of the Baltic Sea accompany you to the Zinnowitz pier, which protrudes an impressive 300 meters into the sea. At the very end of the bridge you can use the diving bell to take a look into the world below the surface of the sea. A successful tour end!