Wide sandy beaches, gently rolling waves, enchanted pine forests and wide Bodden landscapes - the peninsula Fischland-Darß enchants with its untouched coastal nature. While the holidaymakers romp on the beach here in summer, you have the peninsula almost to yourself for the rest of the year. In spring and autumn, countless migratory birds keep you company, which gather on the wide, wet meadows around the Bodden. First and foremost, swarms of cranes - a paradise for bird lovers.
We have put together a four-day hike for you on which you can explore the most beautiful places in Fischland-Darß. You will hike through the Darß jungle, visit the Ahrenshooper cliffs, climb the 40-feet-high (18 meters) Bakelberg and enjoy a steaming tea in the tearoom Prerower Teeschale. With a distance of around12 miles (20 kilometers), the individual stages are quite long, but thanks to well-developed and flat hiking trails, the route is also perfect for beginners and pleasure hikers. If you'd like to take it a little easier, you can simply divide the stages or shorten them by bus. If you want to enjoy the scenery a bit more at the end of your hike, you should take a look at our bonus route. On the leisurely circuit you explore the Barther Bodden from Barth and enjoy the wide view from the Hintersten mountains.
You'll find plenty of accommodation, cafés, restaurants and supermarkets in all the destinations. Even if things are quieter here outside the bathing season, you should book your accommodation in advance - not all guesthouses and holiday apartments are open in autumn and winter.
The best thing about our hikes is that all the stops are served by VVR bus lines 202 and 211. You can, therefore, plan all five hikes as day-tours or put together your own personal multi-day hike.
The starting point Graal-Müritz and the destination Barth are both connected to the regional and long-distance railway network of Deutsche Bahn, allowing you to easily arrive at your hiking weekend on Fischland-Darß without needing a car.
Bus schedules from the VVR can be found at vvr-bus.de/bediengebiete/nordvorpommern/fahrplan.
The first leg of your hike over Fischland-Darß takes you from the beach town of Graal-Müritz through the enchanted moor landscape from the Gribnitzer Großen Moor to the tranquil coastal town of Dierhagen.From the train station Graal-Müritz you first stroll comfortably over the main street of the small village. Shortly before you reach the beach promenade, it is worth a detour through the listed rhododendron garden.Afterwards, our route will take you along the beach promenade northwards. With a wonderful view of the Baltic Sea you follow the waterfront promenade to the district Müritz. Here you leave the beach and shortly thereafter you reach the Gribnitzer Great Moor.On footbridges and forest paths, you will hike through open swampy landscapes, over wide wet meadows and through mystical forests of broken trees. After a while, you will reach a small cottage settlement on the edge of Dierhagen. From here it is only a few minutes to your destination today.
The second day of hiking takes you to the exciting cliffs between Wustrow and Ahrenshoop. The sandy and loamy cliff has been shaped for hundreds of years by the surf of the Baltic Sea and is changing its shape from year to year. After a stop in Ahrenshoop, it then goes on the banks of the Saaler Bodden to Born.From Dierhagen you first wander through the dune forest to the beach. Especially in autumn and spring, when no bathers travel to Fischland-Darß, it is wonderfully lonely here and you can enjoy the nature for you.Along the beach you walk comfortably to the north. Soon, our route branches off the beach and then runs a little above the sea through small forest and open meadows. If you like, you can of course continue on the beach to Wustrow.In Wustrow you will find the wooden pier and numerous restaurants and cafes. Strengthened then it goes on to the highlight of today's stage: the "High Bank". Only a short distance outside of Wustrow begins the dramatic cliffs of Fischland-Darß. First you walk on the beach below the cliff. From below you can admire the cliffs in all their glory.Soon you ascend on a staircase to the demolition edge, because up here is the Bakelberg - at 18 meters high, after all, the highest point of Fischland-Darß. Since the cliff between the Bakelberg and Ahrenshoop in 2018 has broken off over long distances, the trail was closed until further notice. Instead, we will guide you via Althagen on the Saaler Bodden to Ahrenshoop.Here you will also find numerous restaurants, but the most beautiful cafe is certainly the "coffee grinder" in the old mill of Ahrenshoop. From here you hike along the banks of the Saaler Bodden to the Born destination.
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On the third stage untouched nature is on the program. Today you explore the Darßer Jungle and the Darßer Weststrand. Both are rightly part of the national park Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft. After a detour to Darßer Ort, the northernmost part of the peninsula, the stage destination Prerow awaits you.
The starting point of today's stage is the village of Born am Darß. From here, the signposted Bieber trail leads you into the Darßer Jungle. On the hiking trail you hike directly to the picturesque west beach. The beach is dominated by individual bent pines, so-called wind-shy. The steady west wind has bent the trees over the years - a great sight.
On the quiet west beach, it continues for you to the north, until you can see the famous lighthouse Darßer place over the treetops. In the lighthouse and in the associated buildings is the Natureum - a natural history museum, where you can learn all about the special flora and fauna of the Boddenlandschaft. The museum visit is rounded off with a climb to the lighthouse and a visit to the museum café.
From the lighthouse, the route takes you through the picturesque dunes of Fischland-Darß. Here you can observe numerous species of birds and even deer and deer in the dune grass.
After circling the Ottonee, a small bay, you walk along the beach to Prerow, today's destination.
The fourth leg on your Fischland-Darss weekend takes you from Prerow inland. You wander across wide wet meadows around the lagoon landscape, where you can observe countless migratory birds in the autumn. After crossing the Meiningen stream, which connects the Bodstedter with the Barther Bodden, you reach your stage destination Barth.From Prerow you hike through the light dune forest and along the beach to the viewpoint Hohe Düne. Up on the dune stands a small tower, from whose platform you can look over the treetops to the sea and to the lagoon landscape.A little later you leave the Baltic Sea beach and follow our route across the wide, open wet meadows. Since most guests come to Fischland-Darß for swimming, it is quiet and lonely even in high season.The trail leads you along the Bornstedter Bodden to the bridge over the Meiningen stream. On the other shore, the trail runs parallel to the disused tracks of the Darßbahn. Except for a few cyclists, you will only meet a few birds here.At Tannheim, the tracks turn off in the direction of Barth and you also follow the Zingster road into today's stage destination. Here you can fortify yourself in a café or restaurant on the cozy marketplace and let the hike finish.There are no stops along the fourth stage. Therefore, you should provide yourself in advance in the supermarkets in Prerow with provisions.
If you can extend your weekend a little more then we have provided another hike for you here. North of Barth, the destination of the weekend hike, a small headland extends into the Barther Bodden. On a leisurely hike you can circle the promontory and visit the Hintersten Berge.From the Barther market place, you wander out of the little town through the dam gate. You follow the main road for a short distance until our route branches off to the right. On a side street it goes past some houses to the Bodden.Here you follow the quiet cycle and hiking path along the shore through a sparse pine forest to the viewpoint Hinterste Berge. The name mountains have hardly earned the small increases, but nevertheless you can enjoy from here a beautiful view of the wide Bodden landscape.Soon, the pine forest gives way to a wide wet meadow, where swarms of birds, especially in spring and autumn. Along the shore then back to Barth.