In the extreme northeast of Germany lies Vorpommern, a rural region that is full of variety. Whether inland or offshore – Vorpommern’s mainland is rich in history, nature parks in unspoilt countryside, wild rivers and romantic coastal landscapes. There is also no lack of quaint small towns with a unique flair. You can relax at the Greifswalder Bodden, the Recknitz, the Peene, and the Szczecin Lagoon away from the crowds. Here, you can tuck into a fish sandwich on the harbor promenade and watch the sailboats swaying or take a refreshing dip in the lagoon, in the bay or in the Baltic Sea. So, do not forget to take your bathing suit with you or if you dare, you could take a dip in the cool water in your birthday suit, like the locals.
In this Collection, we present you the most beautiful cycling tours in Western Pomerania. They are all various lengths and you can combine some of the routes to make a longer day hike or take your time by choosing to complete one route over two days. On the route of the North German Romantics between Greifswald and Wolgast, you will cycle to places that influenced famous German romantics such as Caspar David Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge. Around the seaside resort of Ueckermünde there are four hikes to help you discover the nature reserves on the Szczecin Lagoon. One of the routes even takes you across the border to Poland. Three of the hikes around the Hanseatic city of Anklam will reveal the fascinating Peene Valley and the unique landscape of the Peene estuary. Two short bike tours from Klein Bünzow to Anklam will show you the treasures in Lassaner Winkel. Finally, the Recknitztal circular route takes you from Ticino to Vorpommern, from Mecklenburg along the Recknitz to its mouth in the Saaler Bodden.
The routes are as varied as they are beautiful. You can easily reach all the starting and finishing points by train and you will also find small cafés and restaurants here and there. Although long sections have already been developed as cycle paths, there are still parts along the pavement, concrete slabs or sandy soil. But, this is part of the feeling of Northeast Germany and helps you to slow down as your ride through the beautiful landscape of Western Pomerania.
Between Greifswald and Wolgast, the almost 50-kilometer-long route of the North German Romanticism combines the art and literature of the Romantic era with a unique natural experience along the coast of the Greifswald Bodden. You cycle on the traces of Caspar David Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge to the places of action of German romantics.Start of the tour is on the eastern outskirts of Greifswald. From the train station of the interesting Hanseatic and university city, it is four kilometers to the starting point, the monastery ruin Eldena. From there you drive via Kemnitz to Ludwigsburg with always fantastic views of the Greifswalder Bodden. In Ludwigsburg, the castle of the same name awaits you, one of the last surviving Renaissance buildings of the Pomeranian dukes and the last remaining largely intact.From Ludwigsburg you can make a small detour to the quiet nature reserve Lanken, which is located directly on the water and where you will find a beautiful natural beach. The route will take you to Lubmin, where you can take a swim and fish sandwich break at the pier. From there you take a short trip to Wusterhusen, the hometown of the poet Karl Lappe. The local church served as a model for painting and literature. So it was, according to legend, the devil who threw a stone after the church, which is why the tower still has a kink today. The rock is now located as a devil stone on the beach near Lubmin. Passing by the decommissioned nuclear power plant, you drive along the road to the quaint fishing village of Freest, the largest fishing port in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.The last few miles you drive on quiet, always slightly wavy roads along the mouth of the Peene river to Wolgast, the hometown of the romantic Philipp Otto Runge. A visit to the Rungehaus Wolgast near the harbor is worthwhile. From there you can take the train back to Greifswald or via the Wolgaster bascule bridge to the island of Usedom.This tour is available as an audio tour. Information can be found at: izi.travel/de/0969-route-der-norddeutschen-romantik/de
The first tour on the Szczecin Lagoon starts at the Haffhus in Bellin, about five kilometers east of Ueckermünde. The train station of Ueckermünde can be easily reached by train - from the Pasewalk junction station, the Regional Express will take you to the Lagoon in 35 minutes.In front of you are 38 kilometers around Lake Neuwarper. You cross the border to Poland once by boat, once by bike. From Bellin you drive on the road-accompanying cycle path to Vogelsang and continue through a shady and fragrant coniferous forest to Altwarp. At the harbor of the old fishing village lies the cutter "Lütt Matten", which brings you and your bike to Poland.On the ferry there are fresh sea air as well as fresh coffee and home-baked cake. In Neuwarp (Nowe Warpno) arrived - the smallest place in Poland - worth a photo stop on the market square and a side trip to the beach promenade.On a paved bike path through the forest you drive across the border to Rieth. There, several cafes invite you to rest. A short detour to the natural harbor of Rieth is also a great experience. In Rieth is the "Heimatstube", a tiny museum of local history.The further way leads through the nature park at the Szczecin Lagoon. On the way there is a lookout tower, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Neuwarper lake and the Riether Werder. On a forest path you continue to Warsin and on the known route back to the Haffhus.Please pay attention to the travel times of the ferry: The ferry departs every day except Monday and Tuesday at 10.45, 12.15, 12.45 and 15.15 clock in Altwarp and arrives 15 minutes later in Neuwarp. Including bicycle you pay six euros, with the e-bike eight euros for the crossing. Further information can be found at: luett-matten-altwarp.de.
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The second tour on the Szczecin Lagoon starts at the Tierpark in Ueckermünde, a few minutes by bike from the train station. You can easily reach the train station of Uckermünde by train - from the Pasewalk junction station the Regional Express will take you to the lagoon in 35 minutes.This tour runs for 18 kilometers along the August Bartelt Nature Trail. The path was named after the honorary citizen of Ueckermünde, August Bartelt. He was not only a teacher and organist, he also worked extensively on local history and explored the plant world. With the bike you can explore the exciting nature trail with the many informative boards and pretty artworks in about two hours.Start is at the zoo of Ueckermünde. The well-maintained complex with its 400 animals for young and old is a special experience. Then follow the signs "August-Bartels-Weg". Before you reach the forest, you can make a short detour to the right. There is the lookout tower of Liepgarten, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view.The path leads you on beautiful cycle paths through the fragrant forest. You meander through the beautiful natural landscape until you arrive at your starting point, the zoo.
The third tour on the Stettiner Haff starts like the first tour on the Haffhus, very close to the pretty Belliner beach, about five kilometers east of Ueckermünde, which you can easily reach by train.The 28-kilometer tour, which crosses in Vogelsang-Warsin, takes you through the Stettiner Haff Nature Park. Shortly after starting at the Belliner Haffhus, you make a short detour to the forest beach Bellin, a natural bathing beach. Then you continue on a bike path next to the road. On the left is an old military area - you pass on the edge of the country road and cycle on to Warsin.For the next few kilometers you always drive close to the water, mostly along the road along a beautiful coniferous forest. After you have left half of the stage behind you, you arrive in Altwarp. In this pretty, small fishing village you can eat a delicious fish sandwich before you drive back along the nature reserve "Altwarper Binnendünen, Neuwarper See and Riether Werder". You cycle past sand hills, through pine forests and juniper valleys and later on the good cycle path back to Bellin.
The fourth tour on the Szczecin Lagoon begins at the station of Ducherow, which you reach from Greifswald in about half an hour by train. A short detour into the village with its interesting Feldsteinkirche is worthwhile, before you head out in the direction of Ueckermünde.First you drive a bit through the forest to Leopoldshagen. There is the Heimatstube, a tiny museum of local history. On great paths through the forest, you then continue to Mönkebude, which also has a Heimatstube. The resort Mönkebude is already located on the Szczecin Lagoon and has next to a cute harbor also a small but nice beach with beach chairs.Continue to Grambin. Again, you will find a nice beach. Behind Grambin you cross the Zarow. The river is considered as an old cultural border between Vorpommern and Hinterpommern. So you eat west of it "hot food", east of it "fasting pretzels". In addition, there are several peat bogs in the estuary of the Zarow.After a total of 22 kilometers you reach your destination Ueckermünde. The pretty seaside resort awaits you with its marketplace, the Ueckerpromenade and the great zoo. The tour ends at the station and by train you can reach the Pasewalk junction in 35 minutes.
Around Anklam extends the nature reserve Lower Peenetal. The Peenetal was formed at the end of the last ice age and is a unique moor area in which peat was mined until 1925.The first of three tours in the Peene Valley begins in the Hanseatic city of Anklam. You can easily reach the city by train, for example in 50 minutes from Stralsund. The fact that Anklam was once a prosperous trading and Hanseatic city can still be recognized by the large Gothic brick buildings, such as the Nikolaikirche with its tower visible from afar.In Anklam you cross the Peene over a bridge overlooking the inland harbor. Then you drive on a great bike path to Ziethen. On partially bumpy roads you drive over Jargelin back to the Peene. In the middle of the nature park Flusslandschaft Peenetal, surrounded by former peat bites ends your short tour. You can either go back the same way by bike, stay on a circa six
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Around Anklam extends the nature reserve Lower Peenetal. The Peenetal was formed at the end of the last ice age and is a unique moor area in which peat was mined until 1925.The second of three tours in the Peene Valley begins in Anklam. You can easily reach the city by train, for example in 50 minutes from Stralsund. You leave Anklam on a bumpy, but gloriously shady avenue in the direction of Gnevezin, where you find a small chapel. Immediately afterwards you will reach Bargischow. In the middle of the village is the mighty church and next to the French Linden. According to legend, in the hollow trunk of the more than 500-year-old tree, Napoleon's soldiers poured beer.On a small path through the magnificent landscape of the Anklam peat bog you drive to Kamp, which is located directly on the Szczecin Lagoon. On the opposite side of the small harbor town is already the island of Usedom. Currently (2019) no ferry leaves for Karnin, but it is intended that you from 2020 can drive from Kamp on Usedom by ferry.From the harbor in Kamp you can see an impressive monument, the lifting bridge of Karnin. It is part of a former Karniner railway bridge. This was an important part of the route from Berlin to Usedom. Towards the end of the Second World War, the German Wehrmacht blew up the bridge, only the lifting section remained intact.The third tour through the Peene Valley takes you from Kamp back to Anklam. komoot.de/tour/79529597
On the way back from Kamp to Anklam you first take a short detour to the former railway line, from where you have a great view of the remarkable Karniner Bridge. Today, only the hub of the former connection from the mainland to the island of Usedom is preserved.You drive from the Kamp through the Anklamer peat bog to a pretty, small lake and make a short detour to Anklamer ferry. The tiny village is located on a peninsula between the Szczecin Lagoon and the Peenestrom.Afterwards you cycle through the quiet meadows to Anklam. Just outside the station is the Otto Lilienthal Museum. The aviation pioneer was born in Anklam in 1848 and his hometown dedicates a proud museum to him with many exhibits of his aircraft constructions.At the train station of Anklam your tour ends. From here you can reach Stralsund in 50 minutes by train. A detour to the pretty center of Anklam is definitely worth it. In addition to cafés and restaurants, large brick buildings in the center await you as a witness to the prosperous past as a Hanseatic city.
Between Peenestrom and Peenetal the Lassaner Winkel awaits you with its treasures. In two short stages you will explore the beautiful area around Lassan. Let's start in Klein Bünzow. The station of the village is approached by Greifswald every two hours in 20 minutes, so you can easily travel by train.Time on well paved roads, sometimes on good old Honecker parquet (concrete slabs) you drive to Rubkow. There is a pretty, small brick church from the 14th century in the middle of the village. The nearest town is Krenzow. A few meters away from the path is the mill museum, which is worth a visit.Continue for a bit through the shady forest to Pulow. Around the idyllic village there are several small lakes and in the village you will find the weaving workshop of Iris Schöne. You can visit them Wednesday and Saturday from 10 to 19 o'clock (schoene-handweberei.de). Shortly thereafter, you will already reach the next highlight, the fragrance and tactile garden in Papendorf. The garden with countless herbs and plants is beautifully situated on a small lake.After a bumpy five kilometers you reach Lassan, which lies directly on the Peenestrom. Culinary highlight of the place are the "Lassaner Sturmsäcke", which you can best try in Peenestrom Café. Here ends the first stage through the Lassaner Winkel. The second leg takes you to Anklam, where you can get on the train again.
The second stage through the Lassaner Winkel connects directly to the first stage. So you can cycle from Klein Bünzow via Lassan to Anklam and discover a unique landscape.The first few kilometers you drive through a quiet area in beautiful nature. Again and again there are small lakes a bit off the track. It is quite possible that you are the only bather at these lakes. You pass the town of Jamitzow and then drive on a path that allows you a wide view over the Peenestrom.It gets really idyllic in Klotzow, known for its old, thick Dorfulme. Beautiful, thatched-roof houses lie along the road. Before and after Libnow the bike path is very nice. In Libnow you drive past the interesting mansion Libnow and if hunger grabs you, the Höfeladen Esslust next to the mansion is your address. There are delicious cakes and snacks.On well-developed bike paths you reach Anklam. In the center, the mighty brick buildings are witnesses of the prosperous time as Hanseatic city. The tour through the Lassaner Winkel ends at Anklam station, where you have regular train connections to Greifswald.
The more than 100 kilometers long round through the northern Recknitztal is a wonderful nature experience along the glacial valley on the border between Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania. Enjoy the moorland, explore small villages and discover monuments of the brick Gothic. The round can also be done well in two stages. The harbor town of Ribnitz-Damgarten is ideally suited as a stopover with several overnight accommodations. In addition, the place is connected to the railway.The circuit begins in Ticino, which you can reach by train from Rostock in half an hour. Around Ticino you will find many nature reserves and fens. A large moor is located near Tribsees. The small place is suitable for a small break. In the tranquil center you will find many interesting buildings of the brick Gothic, such as the Thomaskirche or the two city gates.Continue on small roads through the glacial valley of the Recknitz. The area was formed in the last ice age and is partially below sea level. The lower reaches of the Recknitz were spared from straightening, so you can immerse yourself in a unique natural and Torflandschaft.After about 60 kilometers you cross the Recknitz and thus the historical border between Pomerania and Mecklenburg. Shortly thereafter, right on the Bodden, lies Ribnitz-Damgarten. There you will find next to the beautiful harbor promenade a small spa and an amber museum.On the way back to Ticino you drive on the Mecklenburg side of the Lower Recknitztal. In addition to unique nature, there is also the exciting bird park in Marlow or the traditional salt museum in Bad Sülze to discover.