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Cycling the Ice Age Route in the Mecklenburg Lake District

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Cycling the Ice Age Route in the Mecklenburg Lake District

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah

14

Tours

80:43 h

745 mi

20,025 ft

Mighty boulders, huge scree areas, gently undulating landscape of former glaciers and glistening swimming lakes – the Ice Age has left many marks in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. What could be better than a long bike Tour to discover the traces of the Ice Age?

The 400-kilometre (248 mi) outer ring of the Ice Age Route through the Mecklenburg Lake District offers you days of cycling fun. In this Collection, I’ve divided the route into nine stages that vary in distance from 30 to 68 kilometres (18.6 to 42 mi). There are also five circular routes ranging in length from a good 100 kilometres (62 mi) to more than 200 kilometres (124 mi). You can ride them in one go as a challenge or divide them into more than one stage for a long weekend. The Ice Age Route offers a great adventure for any occasion.

Pack your swimsuit as this route is peppered with fantastic swimming lakes that invite you to take a dip in refreshing water. Every Tour offers several opportunities to go for a swim. This makes the Ice Age Route ideal for summer when the weather is good for swimming.

The road surfaces vary from perfect tarmac to sandy stretches and gravel to single trails through fields and bumpy forest paths. A touring or gravel bike is ideal for this adventure, but I wouldn’t recommend a road bike. The hilly landscape is varied with plenty of ups and downs, so you definitely won’t get bored.

You’ll find a variety of accommodation to choose from in the stage destinations of Neustrelitz, Fürstenberg/Havel, Demmin, Malchow, Feldberg or Neubrandenburg. You can stay in idyllic holiday homes, comfortable guesthouses, hotels and family campsites. At some sites, you can pitch your tent directly on a lakeshore or riverbank in a camping meadow.

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Eiszeitroute Außenring

233 mi

6,375 ft

6,375 ft

Last updated: November 19, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Fürstenberg/Havel nach Röbel/Müritz – Eiszeitroute

    Difficult
    03:48
    39.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Your first stage on the Ice Age route leads from Fürstenberg / Havel for a good 63 kilometers to the colorful port city of Röbel / Müritz. Countless small, dreamy lakes in the middle of romantic forests await you, which entice you to take a bath.

    

    You can easily reach your starting point by train from

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    19.4 mi
    9.0 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It's only a good 30 kilometers to Malchow, so you can start the day comfortably, stroll along the harbor promenade or even take a boat tour on the Müritz. By the way, the name comes from Slavic and means "little sea".

    

    Now you leave the Seestadt and drive northwest past an ancient crown oak and a romantic

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  • Intermediate
    04:52
    42.5 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The path between Malchow and Malchin is characterized by its diverse glacier landscape. For a good 68 kilometers you will drive along the most varied of tracks that the Ice Age with its mighty glaciers left behind. Dirt roads are not uncommon on this tour.

    You cycle over the gently undulating ground

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    21.7 mi
    10.7 mph
    450 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, almost 35 kilometers await you along the Kummerower See, which, like the Malchiner See, was created from melt water from ice age glaciers. The tour is not that long, so you have time for side trips or long breaks for swimming.

    

    Behind Malchin, a quiet side street leads parallel to the east bank

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    20.7 mi
    9.2 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The fifth stage leads over 33 kilometers through the flat, undulating ground moraine landscape in the Tollense valley. You can really pedal on the flat and straight route.

    

    After a section on an unpaved field path you will reach the Orstner bridge, on which you cross the Tollense. Then you drive to Alt

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  • Difficult
    03:27
    29.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    It stays flat - on your route to Schwichtenberg you cycle along extensive river valley moors with a special flora. If you don't have any more provisions, I recommend a short detour to Burow, the next supermarket on the route only comes after 30 kilometers in Friedland.

    

    Shortly after Brest, a short detour

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    19.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    625 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today there are only about 32 kilometers on the program - how about a round trip on the nostalgic narrow-gauge railway before you start? Then you cycle along the nature reserve around Lake Galenbeck with its special flora and fauna.

    

    Shortly afterwards you will reach the Fischerhaus Galenbeck, here it

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  • Intermediate
    03:22
    30.6 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You cycle almost 50 kilometers through the gently undulating, unique Ice Age landscape between the medieval town of Strasburg and the Kneipp health resort of Feldberg. To cool off, the turquoise-blue sparkling Feldberg lake landscape awaits you.

    

    Little-traveled country roads lead you out of Strasburg

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  • Difficult
    02:13
    20.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    600 ft
    775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The circle closes with the last 33.3 kilometers back to Fürstenberg. You cycle through the sand area with its sleepy villages and dense forests and pass numerous, small lakes.

    

    Behind Feldberg, an old church and a windmill adorn your path. Soon afterwards, the first small lakes near Dabelow beckon to take

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  • Difficult
    14:04
    133 mi
    9.5 mph
    3,375 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The first round trip is 215 kilometers long and runs on the northwestern edge of the Ice Age route via Demmin, Malchin, Waren and Neubrandenburg. You can ride it in one piece or split it into two, three or four stages - depending on your pace.

    

    The tour leads along the Kummerower and Malchiner lakes, K

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  • Difficult
    13:03
    125 mi
    9.6 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This circular tour leads over 202 kilometers through the cities of Neubrandenburg, Waren (Müritz), Malchow, Röbel and Neustrelitz. You determine the length of the stage - numerous accommodations await your visit along the route.

    

    The route leads along the Müritz National Park and you drive around the largest

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  • Difficult
    08:08
    71.0 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Do you fancy a sporting challenge? Then take the third round tour of 114 kilometers in a row - or divide it into several stages at your own pace.

    

    The tour connects the cities of Neustrelitz, Wesenberg, Fürstenberg / Havel and Feldberg. It leads you through a gently undulating, varied landscape peppered

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  • Difficult
    11:14
    99.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour leads over 160 kilometers via Neubrandenburg, Feldberg, Woldegk and Strasburg. A varied up and down awaits you through the Ice Age landscape, past the Müritz National Park and the extensive Tollensesee.

    

    You cycle on a variety of paths through blooming landscapes and shady forests. The Feldberg

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  • Difficult
    07:55
    72.5 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This round trip connects the small towns of Neubrandenburg, Altentreptow and Friedland. Peace, seclusion and idyll await you on the 117 kilometers through the river landscapes of the Datze and Tollense, past magnificent palaces, castles and churches as well as through biotopes that are home to special

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    14
  • Distance
    745 mi
  • Duration
    80:43 h
  • Elevation
    20,025 ft

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