The Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route leads 645 kilometres (400 miles) through glistening waterscapes and maritime towns, passing magnificent baroque castles and winding through centuries of Slavic history. As you cycle along the Müritz, Germany’s largest inland lake, and through the national park of the same name, you will be impressed by the variety and, of course, by the swimming opportunities along the cycle path!
The Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route starts in the Hanseatic city of Lüneburg and takes you to the town of Wolgast on the sunny island of Usedom. The route carves through the Elbtalaue UNESCO biosphere reserve and past the castle town of Ludwigslust, known as the ‘Versailles of the North’. You ride through the glacial plains of the Griese region and visit the countless lakes of the Mecklenburg Lake District. Last but not least, you explore the extraordinary heath landscapes of the Szczecin Lagoon, ending at the sandy beach of the Baltic Sea.
As the Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route is quite long, it’s well-suited for a longer cycling holiday. In this Collection, I’ve put together the route in 14 stages that vary in length from 31 to 78 kilometres (19 to 48 miles). The average distance is 40 kilometres (24.8 miles) which leaves you enough time to explore the surroundings, go for a swim, enjoy nature and look out for rare birds. If you are more ambitious, you can do more than one stage in a day.
If you can’t take two weeks off, you can just do part of the route as a short getaway. There are lots of stations en route so you can easily hop on or off the train. For example, there’s a station in Plau am See, Waren, and Mirow if you want to only cycle the middle of the Tour along the Müritz. Each stage has its own charm which is worth seeing.
You can reach the starting point in Lüneburg by direct train via Hamburg, Karlsruhe or Hanover. This Hanseatic city is also a great place to spend your first night if you have a long journey ahead. The final destination, Wolgast, has train links to Stralsund and Berlin via Züssow. The stage destinations along the route are all developed for tourism and offer a range of accommodation such as hotel rooms, holiday homes and campsites to suit your taste. So pack your swimsuit in your panniers and have fun in the outdoors!
Your first tour on the Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Path begins in the Hanseatic city of Lüneburg. The city is very well connected by train: there are direct connections from Hamburg, Karlsruhe and Hanover, for example. Today you cycle almost 54 kilometers through the largely flat country to the 1000-soul village of Neuhaus.
As soon as you got out, Lüneburg welcomes you with its maritime flair in the picturesque Wasserviertel. Then you cycle through the shady Lüner Holz and across wide fields. After a short stretch along the banks of an Elbe side canal, the route continues through the wonderful forest and heather landscape.
Behind Neetze, the cycle path brings you to the banks of the Elbe, where you can look forward to a ferry ride. The further path runs on riverside and dike paths and you can enjoy wonderful water views. In several places, nice restaurants lure you to take a break.
At Darchau you leave the riverside path and after about five kilometers you will reach your destination Neuhaus. The number of overnight stays in the small town is limited. If you want to stay here, I recommend that you book your accommodation in good time. You can find accommodations in the vicinity here: web4.deskline.net/amtneuhaus/de/accommodation/list?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1. On the other side of the Elbe you will find the idyllic Elbe Valley Camping.
Your second stage takes you 42 kilometers back to the banks of the Elbe and through the wonderful landscape of the Elbe valley meadows to Dömitz, which is located in the middle of the UNESCO biosphere reserve of the Elbe river landscape.
The entire route you cycle following the course of the Elbe, and repeatedly enjoy the view of the blue-green expanse of the river valley. Every now and then you cross small villages that invite you to take a break.
When you arrive in Dömitz, you can end your tour at the harbor with a view of the water. The fortress Dömitz is also worth a visit, from the impressive complex you also have a wonderful view of the surrounding area. You can find various accommodations at doemitz.de/tourismus-und-service/uebernachten.
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The third stage takes you a good 43 kilometers to Ludwigslust, whose baroque palace complex is also known as the “Versailles of the North”. The route remains flat as usual and you have enough time for long breaks.At Dömitz you say goodbye to the banks of the Elbe and cycle over wide fields and shady forests. At Connow you cycle past an interesting, traditional saltworks, which is a little off the bike path.The path leads you through the so-called Griese area, which is probably derived from the Low German word for "gray" and stands for the gray earth of the ice age sand area.Once you have reached your stage destination, you can stroll through the overwhelming castle park and let your tired legs rest in a classicist ambience. You can find numerous accommodations from hotels to camping here: stadtludwigslust.de/kultur-und-tourismus/unterkunft-und-camping.
Today you cycle a good 40 kilometers to Parchim, one of the oldest cities in Mecklenburg. You cycle out of Ludwigslust and past Nuestadt-Glewe with the oldest, still preserved fortified castle in Mecklenburg from the 13th century.A little later you will reach the Fischteiche nature reserve in the Lewitz. What at first glance looks like part of the lake district are artificially created ponds that were once used for fish farming and are now home to numerous birds.Behind the ponds, the cycle path leads you along the Müritz-Elde-Wasserstraße, the course of which you follow to your destination. The city is located directly on the Wockersee: If you want, jump in again after your tour. You can see accommodations in Parchim at parchim.m-vp.de/unterkuenfte.
The fifth stage, with its almost 37 kilometers, is a stone's throw away - so you can safely plan a longer stop at the seaside. You have the opportunity to do so right at the beginning at the Wockersee, at the idyllic Kritzower See or of course at the end of your stage in the third largest lake in Mecklenburg: the Plauer See.The tour takes you along the Wockersee and on a beautiful path through the forest. Then you turn off and cycle past fields and small villages. Halfway through the city of Lübz and past the Lübzer brewery, which also gives the city national recognition.From Lübz you cycle past Kritzow and through a dreamlike chestnut avenue. Your stage destination Plau am See is not far away. You can only really decide here where to jump into the water. You can see accommodation here: plau.de/unterkuenfte. Of course there are numerous offers with a view of the lake.
Today it goes from one lake paradise to the next: after almost 42 kilometers, the Müritz awaits you at the destination of your stage, whose name in Slavic means “little sea” for a reason. As the largest lake in Germany, the Müritz promises you kilometers of lake bliss.
The tour starts at Plauer See; you cycle along the southwestern bank and of course you have numerous opportunities to get off your bike and jump into the blue waters. After about twelve kilometers you have reached the southernmost tip and are now turning to new shores.
The landscape of the Mecklenburg Lake District enchants every kilometer. You cycle past other small lakes, villages and forests on quiet roads with little to no motorized traffic. The stage ends in Röbel am Hafen, where you can stroll along the promenade and stop for a break.
The colorful port city of Röbel / Müritz is beautifully situated and exudes a maritime flair. A stroll through the picturesque, medieval city center is well worth it. You can find accommodation here: buchen.stadt-roebel.de.
On today's stage you can expect a good 30 kilometers along the small sea. Look forward to paradisiacal beaches, idyllic lake villages, shady forests and the spa town of Waren as the final stage destination.From Röbel you cycle along the western bank of the Müritz towards the north. You can enjoy a wonderful view of the water and can take a break at any time.In front of the village of Sietow, a pleasant little bike stop with refreshments or refreshments awaits you. Then we continue on a wonderful forest path. Shortly before your destination, you cycle past a campsite right by the lake and a climbing park.The city of Waren has a special ambience and exciting places to discover, such as the Müritzeum. At the port you can end your tour with fish rolls and the evening sun. You can see numerous accommodations from camping to estate at waren.m-vp.de/unterkuenfte.
The eighth stage takes you 43 kilometers along the eastern side of the Müritz, past its southernmost tip, to the likeable lock town of Mirow with its picturesque castle island.The Müritz National Park begins shortly after Waren; Here you cycle through the middle of the enchanting nature and can look forward to wonderfully developed bike paths. You will pass a restaurant and an observation tower, which will let you marvel at the wonderful landscape from above.After about 20 kilometers you are out of the national park again - but it is no less beautiful. After Rechlin you cycle past the Kulturkosmos; Every year extravagant festivities take place here on a former military airfield.Your stage destination Mirow is not far away. Here you can end your tour on the baroque castle island in Mirower See. You can find accommodation in and around Mirow here: mirow.m-vp.de/unterkuenfte.
On your ninth stage you cycle almost 46 kilometers through the picturesque patchwork quilt of the Mecklenburg Lake District. The tour ends in the diverse city of Neustrelitz on Lake Zierker.Behind Mirow you can look forward to a wonderfully tarred route between trees. The tour now leads you in a dangling over Canow and past countless lakes further north. On your route you cycle past so many lakes that you can almost always decide to take a break at the lake.Shortly before Neustrelitz you will pass an exciting open-air museum about the Slavic tribes that once settled the country. In the city you will also find a magnificent castle garden, an idyllic city harbor and another small lake in the middle of the city. You can view accommodations at neustrelitz.m-vp.de/unterkuenfte.
The tenth stage is about 66 kilometers and 400 meters in altitude up to Neubrandenburg the most demanding so far. In the meantime you have cycled well and can therefore master this tour well. On the route, of course, numerous lakes await you to cool off and you can look forward to rapid descents.
Behind Neustrelitz you don't have to wait long for the tour to take you into the beautiful nature of the Müritz National Park. Then you cycle around the Rödliner See and the Wanzkazer See, on a descent to the Nonnenhof nature reserve and the last few kilometers along the Tollensee, which rightly bears its name.
The cultural city of Neubrandenburg begins right behind the banks of the Tollensee. The well-preserved medieval fortifications, numerous museums and a diverse gastronomy await you here. You can see accommodations from hotels to camping at Tollensee here: neubrandenburg-touristinfo.de/unterkuenfte.
Today there is another longer stage on the program. For a good 78 kilometers you cycle to Ueckermünde, which lies between the Stettiner Haff and Ueckermünder Heide. On the way you will notice that the dense carpet of the lake is slowly thinning. Fortunately, you are heading for the second largest Baltic lagoon and so you don't have to miss a beach.The tour takes you out of Neubrandenburg and into the meadows, forests and fields of the rural area. Every now and then cycle through small villages with stone churches. It's best to stock up on your provisions at the beginning of your tour, because the surrounding area is not lavishly stocked with supermarkets.Your stage destination Ueckermünde enchants with its dreamy, maritime flair. It is worth taking a lap around the lighthouse and strolling through the special landscape of the Ueckermünder Heide. Not far away there is a campsite right on the water. You can browse other accommodation offers here: ueckermuende.de/uebernachten.html.
On your twelfth stage you can take it a little slower, because it is only a good 35 kilometers long, flat like a flounder and ends in the Hanseatic city of Anklam, which is also known as the gateway to the sunny island.You cycle along the Szczecin Lagoon and through the wonderful, intact nature of the protected coastal region. In some places you cycle past observation towers, which I can only recommend you climb to marvel at the exciting landscape from above and maybe discover one or two birds.The route leads you through the Anklam peat bog - an impressive and extraordinary landscape. Behind the moor you will reach your destination Anklam. In the tranquil small town, you can visit exciting aviation museums. You can find the accommodation offer at anklam.de/Kultur-Tourismus/Tourismus/%C3%9Cbernachtungen.
Your penultimate stage takes you over 56 kilometers to the sunny island of Usedom and ends in the Seeheilbad Ahlbeck, which is located on the longest beach promenade in Europe.
From Anklam you cycle over a wooden pedestrian bridge and on through beautiful nature. After about 15 kilometers you will reach the Zecheriner bridge; the bascule bridge connects Usedom with the mainland.
Now it goes on for you on the island. You can look forward to a relaxed loop of about 40 kilometers to the sandy beach. At the beautiful Ahlbeck pier you can end your tour with a view of the sea. If you still have some time left, it is worth taking a quick trip across the border to the Polish city of Świnoujście, in German Swinoujscie.
You can browse through the comfortable accommodations in the fashionable seaside resort of Ahlbeck here: usedomtravel.de/suche/usedom/seebad-ahlbeck.html. If you are still motivated, you can cycle to the nature campsite ten kilometers further on the Ückeritz beach.
Today is your last stage on the Mecklenburg Lake Cycle Path. At the end of your trip, treat yourself to the pure Baltic coast and after 39 kilometers you will reach the picturesque ducal city of Wolgast.There are some sliding sections on the route, because the official bike route leads you along the beach promenade, which is signposted as a pedestrian zone. There is a hustle and bustle here, which you can best enjoy at walking pace. Alternatively, you can also use parallel streets.You cycle along the coast and enjoy wonderful views of the Baltic Sea. Behind Bansin, an enchanting cliff awaits you. Past an abandoned GDR holiday village, you cycle through the shady forest and back to the beach. Smaller hills along the route provide variety.After you have chosen your favorite place for a seaside resort and are ready to leave the beach, turn left at Trassenheide and after 10 kilometers you are in Wolgast.At the idyllic harbor you can sit down in the outdoor restaurant and review your trip. The train station is around the corner. Here the RB goes to Züssow, from there you have a connection to Stralsund or Berlin. If you haven't got enough of cycling, you can continue to jet on the Baltic Sea Cycle Path.