Like a mountain stream, the Schlaube gushes in front of you through the narrow valley. The footpath meanders along the course of the river, leading you underneath the slopes as you crawl over major trunks and duck under fallen trees. A dipper jumps from stone to stone in the stream, the knocking of a black woodpecker echoes through the forest, and you notice fallen trees all around—the result of the area's healthy beaver population. In just a few steps, you emerge into a peaceful opening as you stand on the shores of an enormous lake. Looking over to the other side, you see two eagles circling overhead. Welcome to the wilderness of Brandenburg.
The Schlaubetal Nature Park offers a unique landscape and wild experience to all who visit. The 27-kilometer long (16-mile long) valley is a result of the Schauble's constant gushing over millennia, carving out this magnificent landscape on its way to the Brandenburg plain. From its source to its mouth, it flows through several lakes and has left behind a fertile natural area in the valley; one that is surrounded on all sides by thick forests and countless animal life. In fact, hardly any other region in Brandenburg is as rich in fauna as the Schlaubetal—and many animals are only found in this valley.
To help you experience the best of the area, we have prepared a four-day hike through Brandenburg's wilderness. Covering a total of 72 kilometers (44 miles), you'll hike from Müllrose up the Schlaube river to the source, crossing natural mixed forests and visiting quiet lakes as you go. For the sake of convenience, the first and the fourth stage are designed in such a way that you can arrive and depart on the same day without any problems. From Berlin, it takes about an hour by car or about one and a half hours by train to Müllrose where you'll find dozens of cozy accommodation options.
If you prefer, you can shorten the second stage by about five kilometers (three miles) and then hike back to the main track on the third day – you can find this alternative at the end of the hike. You will then save a total of around eight kilometers (five miles) and will be able to enjoy the picturesque landscape in an even more relaxed manner.
With a distance of almost 17 kilometers, you can make the first stage well on the day of arrival. The large Müllroser See awaits you with its long promenade, the mill museum at the Ragower mill and the enchanted Schlaubetal.You start your tour at Müllrose train station, which you can easily reach by RB 36 regional train. From here it goes directly to the beach promenade on the large Müllroser lake. The tour will take you around the lake and into the forest of the Schlaubetal. At the Wustrower mountains, terminal moraines of the last ice age, it goes to the Belenzsee. Through a marshy area you finally reach the Schlaube and the Ragow mill.From this point you walk the rest of the stage always along the banks of the clew. Sometimes the trail leads along the shore, sometimes through the untouched forests on the slopes of the valley. Your hike will take you along several lakes, which are flown by the thug on their way to Müllrose.Finally, on the shores of Lake Hammersee, your final destination is the Forsthaus Siehdichum. Here you relax from your first leg and enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest.
On your second stage, you will hike up to the source of the thieves. On the way there, a landscape that is unusual for Brandenburg awaits you: over a long distance, the lively, flowing thieves dug a deep valley into the landscape.After a restful night, you start your tour at the forest house Siehdichum and walk along the Hammersee and the Great Treppelsee to the Bremerdorf mill.Then it will be exciting. The trail leads you along the shore through the wild and romantic Schlaubetal. On both sides of the river rise the wooded slopes.From the Kieselwitzer mill, the thug slowly gets narrower, but still flows briskly through the picturesque valley. At Stubbensee and Wirchensee you finally reached the origin of the myth. If you like, you can make a detour to the swampy headwaters on the south bank before continuing your trek.The last section to the finish line will take you along an unstressed road through a vast forest before reaching the peaceful village of Treppeln.If you want to make it more comfortable on your hike, then you can finish today's stage at Wichernsee and stay overnight in the BUND Naturschutzhaus or in the Waldseehotel. From there you start the next day with stage 03B, which leads you back on the tour.
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On the third stage, you will hike across the hilly meadows east of the Schlaubetal. Here you will always find traces of the last Ice Age: Large and small boulders, which were transported from the glaciers to here, are always on the side of the road. In a big loop back to Schlaubetal and on to Chossewitzer See.You start your tour in Treppeln. You stroll through the picturesque village with its old houses and then wander across wide meadows and fields towards Möbiskruge. There it goes through the small village to the impressive fortified church. From here you follow the trail through dense, partly untouched forests. The area around the Klautzkesee is no longer used for forestry for decades and has received a special biodiversity.The forest clears and after you have wandered through Kieselwitz, you crossed at the Kieselwitzer mill the brains. On comfortable forest trails you finally reach the idyllic village Chossewitz directly on Lake Chossewitz. There you will find a guesthouse, a campsite and a small bungalow park where you can spend the night.Unfortunately, there is no rest stop on today's stage. It's best to ask your previous accommodation if you can get a packed lunch for today's stage.
The fourth stage takes you through two small river valleys and along several lakes to Mixdorf. You are still in the Schlaubetal Nature Park here and the trails lead you through untouched mixed forests and along rustic moorland.You start your tour in Chossewitz and after a view of the idyllic lake you follow the narrow river Oelse to the Klingeteich. Passing the holiday park Klingemühle, you will reach the wooded Oelsetal, which is criss-crossed by wetlands. The trail follows roughly the course of the Oelse until it flows into the extensive Oelsesee.You wander on the eastern shore of the lake with a fantastic view over the calm water on to Dammendorf. North of Dammendorf the stream Demnitz flows into the lake and the trail leads you now along the marshy Demnitztal towards the final destination. All adventurers can also walk the not completely marked trail directly on the west bank of the Demnitz. Here you come closer to the rustic landscape, but you should wear waterproof shoes.You walk along the stream up to the source. Here the forest opens and shortly thereafter you reach your stage destination Mixdorf. From the train station you can take the regional train RB 36 back to Müllrose or straight home. In front of the train window the idyllic landscape glides along and you can enjoy the memory of the originality of the Schlaubetal.Also on the fourth stage there is no café or inn along the way. On your way you will find numerous places where you can enjoy your packed lunch under the open sky.
If you shorten the second stage and spend the night at Wichernsee, then on the third day you can hike back to the main route on this alternative tour.On the third day, you can spend some time exploring the source area of the crave. Then you can switch off during your hike through the extensive and natural forest areas of the Schlaubetal.You start your tour at the Stubbensee and and wander on the bank of the Wichernsee to the headwaters of the Schlaube. The Schlaube rises in two places in a marshy meadow and then flows as a narrow stream in the Wichernsee.Then you hike along forest trails and forest roads to the nature reserve Klautzkesee. The former Jadgebiet of high officials of the Stasi was not used for decades for forestry. Today you can admire particularly rustic forests and pristine forest lakes.About fields and meadows it goes through Kieselwitz and on to the Kieselwitzer mill. Here you will cross the Schlaube and wander through lonely and peaceful forests towards the final destination.In the small village Chossewitz you have several accommodations to choose from. There is a guesthouse, a campground and a small bungalow park.Unfortunately, there is no rest stop on today's stage. It's best to ask your previous accommodation if you can get a packed lunch for today's stage.