The Uckermark: A fabled area full of wide, hilly landscapes, quiet forests, glittering lakes and sleepy villages. This region—located in Brandenburg's untouched north—remains one of the most sparsely populated in Germany, despite being fairly close to Berlin. This makes it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway from the German capital—just put your phone in flight mode, lace your boots and go. Right into the beauty of the Uckermark.
In nine stages, this Collection will show you the best of this region. Starting in Prenzlau, all of the stages are easy to master even for inexperienced hikers, with only the final two stages of the hike presenting any real difficulty. The hike follows old cobblestone streets, quiet forest paths and leisurely country lanes, and it'll take you past numerous deep blue bathing lakes and tiny villages that are seemingly stuck in time; still-living reminders of a bygone age. As the Uckermark becomes more and more renowned, however, these rural time capsules—old as they may be—are well stocked with everything a visitor needs, from lovingly furnished restaurants and cafés, and interesting country estates.
To help you make the most of your time, we have planned all nine stages to end in villages or towns where plenty of accommodation options are available. As this hike is a roundtrip, you can choose to start on any stage. We recommend starting either at Prenzlau (stage 1), at Angermünde (stage 4), or at Templin (stage 7), however, as all of these towns can be reached via regional train from Berlin in about one and a half to two hours.
If you only want to go hiking into the Uckermark for a few days, choose a section of the Uckermärker Landrunde. Thanks to good train connections to Berlin, stages 1 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 are perfectly suited as three-day hikes. With the exception of Wuppgarten—the destination of the seventh stage—all stage destinations are also connected to the nearest railway stations by regional buses. This makes it easy to plan two-day sections. Due to the good connection to the public transport network, you could even conquer the Uckermärker Landrunde over several weekends.
Bus timetables can be found at uvg-online.com/home.html.
The first stage on the Uckermärk land round starts in Prenzlau on the north shore of the Unteruckersee. Through the water gate, an ancient passage in the medieval city wall, you leave the city center. After a few steps you are standing on the shores of Lake Unterucker, the fourth largest lake in Brandenburg. With a great view over the lake you walk to the south on the waterfront. Soon you'll leave the city behind. You now follow a footpath that meanders along the wooded shore of the lake.On the south bank you leave the lake. You continue hiking in the direction of Warnitz and enjoy the magnificent view over the hilly meadows and fields of the Uckermark. The path leads directly along the railway embankment, but only rarely does a regional train pass you by. At the Warnitz district Quast worth a visit to the beach on the Oberuckersee or a nice rest in the Seegaststätte. From Quast, it is only a short distance through the forest to Warnitz.In Warnitz you can find various apartments and hotels where you can spend the night. Accommodation can be found for example at ferienregionuckerseen.de/6990.html.Prenzlau, the starting point of your roundtrip through the Uckermark, is located directly on the Berlin - Stralsund railway line. Once a hour, the regional express RE3 takes you from Berlin directly to Prenzlau.Timetables can be found at bahn.de.
After a restful night in Warnitz, you start your second stage here. As soon as you have crossed under the railway tracks, wide fields and meadows await you on the other side. On a rustic dirt road, we continue towards Dolgensee. The schilfumsäumte lake is located on the edge of Melzower forest, the largest nature reserve in the Uckermark. Very close to the shore of the small lake, you continue to hike south. At the small village of Melzow you can already see the vantage point 'Wietblick'. The name here is clearly program: Your gaze wanders over the Oberuckersee and the wide hills of the Uckermark.Shortly after Melzow it now goes into the Melzow Forest. In the middle of the forest you cross the highway and only a little later you are standing in the middle of fields. You pass the old Gutshof Grünheide and the idyllic Angerdorf Schmiedeberg before you reach the small town of Biesenbrow, your destination today. Here you will also find a cozy accommodation for the night.On the second and third stage, there are no rest stops for a lunch break. Therefore, you should in the morning in the market Warnitz supply with provisions for the next two days.
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The third stage of the Uckermärk land round starts in peaceful Biesenbrow. You follow the main road out of the village and then wander across the vast fields of the Uckermark. Along the little busy road we continue to the railway tracks of the route Berlin-Szczecin. After crossing the tracks, leave the road and follow the trail south. At Ziethenmühle you cross the catfish and a little later you reach the nature reserve Breitenteichische Mühle. Here the glaciers of the last ice age have formed a particularly striking hilly landscape. Many centuries ago, the ridges were densely forested, but clearing and grazing have created a special meadow landscape. Today, some sheep and cattle live here, protecting the open landscape against bush encroachment as part of a NABU project.You leave the nature reserve and wander across vast fields to the estate village Mürow. After a short break at the village pond, we continue on dirt roads to the stage destination Angermünde. It is not only worth a walk through the beautiful old town, but above all a jump in the Mündesee.The regional express RE3 from Berlin and Stralsund stops in Angermünde. Thus, the city is also perfect as a destination for a section on the Uckermärk land round.
The fourth leg of the Uckermärk Land Tour starts in the city of Angermünde. The hiking trail meanders out of the city. After a short section over fields, the Uckermärk Landrunde leads you into a dense forest. You follow the forest path to the shore of Wolletzsee. Directly on the roadside is the cozy beach Wolletzsee - on hot days, a great place to cool off.On the wooded shore of the long-drawn lake you walk comfortably to the west. In the small village Wolletz on the north shore there is a particularly nice refreshments. In the old village consumption today is a lovingly furnished cafe. Cakes, regional specialties and homemade burgers are served - perfect for hungry hikers. Then it goes on with fresh energy. You leave the Wolletzsee in the north and wander through a hilly forest area to the Peetzigsee. Only a few meters from the shores of the lake you will find a cozy pension in Peetzig.Since you can easily reach Angermünde by train from Berlin, the city is well suited as an alternative starting point for your hike on the Uckermärker land round.Timetables can be found at bahn.de.
The fifth hiking day begins in the village of Peetzig. After a morning dip into the cool water of the Peetzigsee, you can start right away. On pleasant country lanes, you cycle along wide meadows and fields until you enter the vast forests of the Poratzer Moränenlandschaft. In the vast area there are particularly clear traces of the last ice age: numerous small forest lakes, wooded hills and quiet valleys. The Uckermärk Landrunde meanders through here and you can enjoy nature to the fullest. At the edge of the moraine landscape lies the tiny village of Poratz. Half-timbered houses and farms here line an old cobblestone street.On the barely traveled road, it then goes over pastures and through forest pieces to the finish line Ringenwalde. Here you will find two inns where you can dine and spend the night.On the fifth stage, there is no rest stop. The best thing is to provide yourself with provisions the day before in Angermünde. Alternatively, ask at your accommodation in Peetzig if they will pack you a packed lunch.
Starting point of your sixth stage is Ringenwalde. Freshly rested, start your trek in the morning and leave the village heading west. In the hilly forest landscape that you walk through, you will find several hidden lakes. The small and larger waters lie in old glacial channels and are a result of the last ice age. The hiking trail meanders through the forest to the residential area Ahlimbsmühle. The small settlement lies at the easternmost point of Lübbesee and attracts with a bathing area and a small inn.The trail runs from this point roughly along the banks of the Lübbesee. The long, narrow lake follows an irregular meltwater channel. If you did not know better, you could easily consider it a quiet river. Cozy you wander on the lakeshore in the direction of Templin. The city is your destination today and is located on the northwestern shore of Lübbesee. In the cozy old town you have a good selection of cafes, restaurants and accommodation. You can also stock up on groceries in the supermarket for the next few days.The station Templin is the last stop of the regional train RB12, which can take you directly to Berlin Lichtenberg or Ostkreuz. Thus, Templin is well suited as a destination for a shortened hike on the Uckermärk land round.Timetables can be found at neb.de/linien/rb12.
On your seventh stage of the Uckermärk Landrunde, you will again be rewarded with beautiful views and varied landscapes. Along the banks of the Templin Canal you leave the city of Templin. A pleasant hiking trail leads along the shore until you cross the canal at Ziegeleibrücke. You follow the course of the canal until Röddelinsee and then turn north. Along the wide, hilly fields you continue your hike.Soon you will reach a narrow alley, which then grows into a large forest. In the shade of the trees you follow the path into the forest. The sandy trail leads you past the tiny settlements Neu Placht and Alt Placht, where you find the shore of Lake Platkow. Similar to the Lübbesee the Platkowsee runs like a river through the forest. Along the shore you walk to today's stage destination, the residential Wuppgarten. Directly on the shore is an inn with attached guesthouse and a bungalow rental.
In Wuppgarten at the Platkowsee you start your eighth day of hiking on the Uckermärk land round. First you follow the shore path back to the small Glambecksee. From there you hike through the forest to Gandenitz. In the small village there is a beautiful old stone church and a cozy inn. Afterwards you will hike through a dense forest to the north. Especially on warm days you can enjoy the cool shade of the trees. After a while the forest opens and in front of you are fields and the small village Warthe. In Warthe an inn and a bakery invite you to a well deserved rest.With fresh energy you follow the trail along the Great Warthesee - if you like you can of course jump into the water again. Then it continues along the edge of the forest to Boitzenburg. Comfortable hiking trails and a wide view sweeten the long stage. Just before you reach your destination, the trail meanders through a forest between Schumellensee and Krienkowsee. Of course there is a beach and a covered rest area. In Boitzenburg you will finally find various inns, pensions and restaurants. Let yourself be pampered tonight, after this stage you have earned it honestly.
On the ninth day it is time to say goodbye to the Uckermark. The last stage takes you from Boitzenburg back to Prenzlau, the starting point of your first stage. On your way to there, the Uckermark shows off its best side again.You leave the little town of Boitzenburg - but not before you visit the chocolate factory in Marstall. The Uckermärk Landrunde leads you in a wide loop through dense forests towards the northeast. On a small, natural clearing in the woods you pass here the place of residence Zerwellin. If you stroll past the few houses, it feels like a time travel.At Naugarten on the lake of the same name you leave the forest. In front of you spreads the wide hilly landscape of the Uckermark and you enjoy the magnificent panorama. From Naugarten you follow a dirt road to Gollmitz. Afterwards the hike leads you through the nature reserve Stromtal. Here, the river Strom forms an idyllic landscape in the middle of the hilly landscape. Lush meadows, small wooded areas and green hillsides characterize the area. After crossing the Stromtal you will reach Prenzlau a little later. On the waterfront you wander into the city. As you walk through the watergate again at the old city wall, you can look back with luck and contentment on the last nine days.The Uckermärk country tour has taken you to the most beautiful landscapes of the Uckermark, to small villages, quiet forests and sparkling lakes. On your return home, the hilly landscape in front of the train window drags on and one thing is already clear to you: The Uckermärkische land round was not your last visit to the Uckermark.