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Cycling and swimming fun – Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route

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Cycling and swimming fun – Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah

8-17

days

3-6 h

/ day

406 mi

8,550 ft

8,650 ft

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!

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  • Difficult
    03:52
    33.2 mi
    8.6 mph
    550 ft
    575 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    26.2 mi
    8.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    27.0 mi
    8.9 mph
    500 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    25.1 mi
    7.8 mph
    400 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    22.9 mi
    8.5 mph
    475 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:48
    25.9 mi
    6.8 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    19.6 mi
    6.5 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    26.8 mi
    8.7 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    28.2 mi
    8.0 mph
    775 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    40.9 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Difficult
    06:28
    48.5 mi
    7.5 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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  • Difficult
    02:45
    21.9 mi
    8.0 mph
    250 ft
    200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    35.1 mi
    8.3 mph
    875 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:30
    24.6 mi
    7.0 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    14
  • Distance
    406 mi
  • Duration
    51:15 h
  • Elevation
    8,550 ft8,650 ft

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