The Western Brick Trail invites you on a 380-kilometre (236 mi) cycle tour through the world of Brick Gothic buildings in Mecklenburg. The city of Schwerin, Germany's smallest state capital, is the start/finish point of the circular route.
On the seven stages of this Collection, you will not only get to know small village churches and manor house, but also experience masterpieces of Brick Gothic architecture in Wismar, Schwerin and Bad Doberan.
The individual stages are approximately between 50 and 55 kilometres (31 and 34 mi) long. These are solid distances that still give you time not only to pass by the individual buildings, but also to discover them at your leisure. Most of the Brick Gothic buildings are open to visitors so you can marvel at the interiors as well. Often, the original church furnishings have survived the centuries.
The Western Brick Circuit is well signposted and mostly runs on asphalt cycle paths or traffic-calmed roads. In the undulating Mecklenburg landscape with its numerous lakes, you will be able to recognise some of the Brick buildings even from a distance; it’s not unusual for them to be the tallest building in the village.
You can reach the starting point in Schwerin by train and start your ride immediately. Individual stage destinations are also well connected by regional train, so you can easily tackle day Tours instead of the entire circular route.
Have fun on your journey into the world of Brick Gothic!
And if you still haven't had enough of the Brick Gothic, Western Pomerania also offers a Brick Tour: komoot.com/collection/1179506
Your journey into the world of brick Gothic begins in Schwerin, where you can already admire the first brick church. The Paulskirche is an impressive church building that was built in the neo-Gothic brick style.Then the brick circular route leads you out of the state capital on rather quiet roads through a lake landscape of northwest Mecklenburg. Here you will discover, like a string of pearls, a brick church in almost every village.
On the second stage you will get to know some brick buildings in Klützer Winkel, a region in northwest Mecklenburg. You will also drive a little bit directly along the Baltic Sea. The destination of this 53-kilometer stage is the Baltic resort of Boltenhagen.From Schönberg you start your tour directly to the next town Dassow, where the massive looking church of St. Nikolai awaits you.
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On the almost 51 kilometers you will get to know other interesting buildings in addition to brick Gothic churches, which are not only eye-catching thanks to the bright red adobe bricks.You cycle off in the Baltic Sea resort of Boltenhagen. In the district of Tarnewitz you can take a look at the listed building Haus Tarnewitz, which immediately stands out among the many white apartment buildings as a red brick building.
Your bike tour begins right in the Baltic Sea resort of Warnemünde with a length of about 53 kilometers. First you drive directly to the old town of Rostock. There you will get to know the two large brick buildings in the old town. One of them is the Ständehaus, which attracts attention with its rich decorations and towers. Not even a kilometer away you can visit the next building and even drive through it: the Kröpeliner Tor.
A handful of interesting brick churches await you over about 53 kilometers. Between the individual structures you will drive on traffic-calmed streets and paths through the slightly hilly landscape of Mecklenburg.The town church of Kröpelin is only a stone's throw away from your starting point. In addition to church services, there are also regular cultural events and lectures in the church.