You want to take your hiking boots out into nature, but a simple day hike is not enough for you? We have a solution. A short train ride from Berlin to Rostock takes you to the expanse of the Mecklenburg Lake District. Its stunning landscape of large lakes, vast forests, and gently undulating hills was created during the last ice age and is the ideal location for an adventure. The Müritz National Park is particularly picturesque. Its pristine beech and pine forests, mystical bogs and hidden forest lakes make the national park a dream destination for short, multi-day hikes.
We have put together three multi-day hikes to help you get to know the Mecklenburg Lake District from its most beautiful side. On the "3-day tour in the National Park," we lead you from Waren (Müritz) through almost endless pine forests to the small town of Wesenberg on the edge of the Waren. Outside the national park, the nature is just as beautiful. Here, you can follow the route "2 days with a tent from the sea to the lake". A top tip: you can rent a tent at the campsite we have recommended, so you do not even need to bring your own. On the "2-day tour around Neustrelitz" you will explore the swamps and beech forests of the Eastern National Park. Here, you walk from Neustrelitz to the tiny village of Carpin and through the "Holy Halls" – a beech forest that feels like a jungle.
If two or three days are not enough for you, you can perfectly combine the routes. Since both the "3-day tour in the National Park" and the hike "2 days with a tent from the sea to the lake" end at Wesenberg station, you can simply continue your exploring with the next route. As the third hike is also only a few minutes away from Wesenberg by train, it can easily be added to your itinerary. Whether you are traveling for two days with a tent, three days in the national park or are spending seven days exploring the Mecklenburg Lake District, you are sure to fall in love with the landscape and come back for sure.
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The Müritz National Park is one of the largest national parks in Germany - therefore, there is enough space for long hikes. While the eponymous lake belongs to only a small part of the national park, its landscape is characterized mainly by smaller forest lakes, unspoiled forests, enchanted bogs and small clearings. On this three-day tour we will take you from Waren in the north across the National Park along the most beautiful lakes and through the most pristine forests to Wesenberg in the south. On the way you spend the night in the National Park Hotel Kranichrast and in the small village Granzin.Since the National Park Müritz with its small slopes and excellent trails is also very popular with cyclists, you should definitely book your nights in advance. Otherwise it can happen that the next free accommodation is several kilometers away.Starting point of the first stage is the station goods (Müritz), which is approached by regional trains from Berlin and Rostock. From the train station, you first pass through the romantic old town and on to the shores of Binnenmüritz. You follow the waterfront to the south and have left the city soon behind you. While you stroll along here, you will enjoy again and again wonderful views over the expanse of the Müritz. After about six kilometers, you can take a rest in the cozy Waldschänke before you enter National Park area a little later. Here, the trail leaves the reed-lined shore and you dive into the unspoiled oak and pine forests. At Rederang Lake, make a detour to the bird watching station, where you can see not only the feathered inhabitants of the national park but also deer, roe deer and wild boar. From the lake shore it is only a short distance to the Nationalparkhotel Kranichrast.
After your well-deserved breakfast at the Hotel Kranichrast, you shoulder your backpack and set off again. From the hotel it goes straight back into the forest and the Specker lake and the Hofsee over to the national park village Speck. The village with its small houses and the romantic hunting lodge lies on a wide clearing on the shore of the Hofsee and is well suited for a small break. Afterwards you continue hiking and then turn off to the Käflingsberg. At a height of 100 meters, it clearly dominates the surrounding landscape and, thanks to a lookout tower, fantastic panoramic views await you up here. After the detour to the tower, it goes back to the trail and continue to the south. For a while, the trail leads alongside a barely traveled forest road until you turn off towards Pagelsee. From the shore of the lake you continue to Granzin, where you will find various apartments and guesthouses.
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The third leg of our tour of the National Park begins in the small village of Granzin. From here you hike on quiet, natural trails to the south. You will cross dense pine and beech forests, stroll along small clearings and discover enchanted marshes around the Großer Säfkowsee. About half of the way you come to the villages Blankenförde and Kakeldütt over - if you fancy a cozy stop here, we can warmly recommend you the restaurant Rücherkate on Campinplatz "Zum Hexenwäldchen". After crossing the still young Havel at Jäthensee, our tour takes you around the Jamelsee and along the long stretched Krummen Lake. From here you hike through extensive forest areas to the local border of Wesenberg. Only a few steps and you reach at the train station Wesenberg the destination of your hike. From here you can take the Kleinseenbahn to Neustrelitz and start the journey home there.
Outside of the national park you can expect beautiful landscapes, romantic lakes and above all many bathing possibilities at the Mecklenburg Lake District. The most beautiful is a multi-day hike, of course, with a tent - so you're just the closest to nature. Many campsites in the area have adapted to canoeists and are therefore located in a picturesque location right on the water. So you can refresh yourself in the water after your day's hike and then enjoy trekking romance in front of your tent.We have put together a two-day trekking tour that takes you from the town of Mirow south to the border with Brandenburg. After spending the night on the Beaver Camp C24 on Labussee, you will hike along the Rätzsee to Wesenberg, where you can start your journey home. The highlight of our tour: For your overnight stay you do not even need your own tent. The Biber Camp C24 also leases comfortably equipped, fixed tents - so the backpack remains pleasantly light.Mirow, the starting point of your hike, is hit by the trains of the Kleinseenbahn from Neustrelitz. From here, head south and cross the Müritz-Havel waterway. On comfortable hiking trails you will pass the Zotzensee and the Fehrlingsee. In the village of Schwarz, only the official bathing place attracts to a plunge into the Black Lake and the pizzeria La Perla then to a cozy break with tasty food. On the shore, head south and around the neighboring Zethner See. At the Great Wummsee you finally stand on the shore with one foot in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and in the lake with one foot in Brandenburg. On forest roads we continue to Diemitz, where your stage destination Biber Camp C24 is located.
In the morning you wake up refreshed in your sleeping bag and get on your way again. At the lock Diemitz you cross the Müritz-Havel waterway again and then wander on wide paths through the extensive forest areas of the Mecklenburg Lake District. After a while, a narrow hiking trail branches off to the shore of Lake Rätzsee. Although there is no swimming, but a fantastic view over the wide forest lake.The path then leads you through the slowly flowing Drosedower Bek and through the village of Drosedow. For a while you stroll along the edge of open fields, before going through a forest to Peetschsee. Here you will finally find a cozy bathing place - clothes out and into the water. Refreshed you now walk north to Wesenberg. In the tranquil old town, you can stop off in comfort before you start the journey home at the train station.
East of Neustrelitz extends a particularly beautiful part of the Müritz National Park. Around the village of Serrahn lure not only spacious moors and hidden lakes, but especially ancient beech forests with primeval trees giant. On this two-day tour you can explore on your own the vast forests of the national park as well as the open meadows and quiet forests of the neighboring Feldberg lake landscape.The starting point of the first stage is Neustrelitz station. From Berlin and Rostock there is a direct train connection with the regional express RE5. Follow from here on our route out of town and into sprawling pine forests. At the small lake Jägerpohl you reach the national park area. On beautiful trails, it goes through hilly forests to the edge of a vast moorland. Here are the Great and the Small Serrahnsee, both of which represent an important habitat for birds, insects and amphibians. From the observation tower on the edge of the moor you can watch many of the animals or just enjoy the view over the landscape. In the tiny village of Serrahn, treat yourself to a little break in the garden café and finally hike along the Schweingarten lake to the finish line Carpin. Here you have a good selection of comfortable accommodation.
On the second day, our route takes you out of the National Park area - but in spite of everything, gorgeous nature is your constant companion. From the small village of Carpin you hike on a pleasant dirt road, which leads you along colorful meadows and open pastures. The view sweeps over the rolling hills until you reach the neighboring village Bergfeld. After you have passed the village, it goes through a quiet forest to the shore of Lake Grünower. Along the water you walk in the shade of the trees to the south. After a while, the trail branches off the water and then runs along the edge of the national park. You stroll along smaller ponds and again over open fields and meadows.On the edge of Grünow our route leads you back into dense forest. On this section, you will wander along mighty and ancient beech trees - part of which is widely known as the Total Reservation "Sacred Halls". Here, the dead trees are left in the forest and it develops for many years a wild and romantic jungle. After crossing the "Holy Halls", you will reach the destination of your hike in Lüttenhagen. From here, take the bus 619 back to Neustrelitz. Timetables can be found at mvvg-bus.de.