Mecklenburg Lake District – hiking in the Land of a Thousand Lakes

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Love lakes and forests? Then the Müritz National Park, located in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District, is the right place for you. Enjoy the peace and quiet on the narrow hiking trails through the woods and push your everyday stress aside. Observe the birds in their hustle and bustle and with a bit of luck you may even see a white-tailed eagle. The region around the Müritz, the largest German lake, is diverse. You hike past moors, meadows, swamps and ponds. And, as you'll pass so many lakes as you go, you will always find nice bathing spots to cool down. Thanks to the many observation towers, you can still keep an overview and enjoy wonderful views into the distance. If you want to have it a bit more lively every now and then, you will find entertainment in cities such as Waren, Neustrelitz or Röbel. If you are interested in history, you can explore historical sites around the Müritz from the Middle Ages to the Baroque period.

The best season to hike along the Müritz is from May to the end of September. Watch spring awaken, refresh yourself in one of the lakes on a hot summer's day or admire the Mecklenburg Indian summer in autumn. In the colder months, many places are closed, so check the opening hours before you leave. The public transport in and around the national park - be it bus or ship - is also restricted during the colder months.

The city of Waren an der Müritz is your starting point for these seven day Tours. With the different lengths of the routes, there is something for everyone and you'll find everything you need in Waren, from accommodation and restaurants to shops and entertainment. By bus, train or boat you can get to the starting points and back again. There is a separate timetable for the National Park. If you have to use public transport for a longer period of time, it is worth buying a ticket for several days. You can find all the information you need here: nationalparkticket.de.

If you want to find out more about the national park or the lake district, then visit the Müritzeum Nature Experience Centre in Waren. In the national park information, which is distributed at seven locations in the park, you will find helpful rangers who will answer your questions. A list of the information centers can be found here: mueritz-nationalpark.de.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:56
    11.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this almost 20-kilometer hike, you'll get straight up at the beginning - in the plains of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. From goods brings the bus to the starting point of the tour, the Käflingsberg. From the observation tower you have a magnificent panoramic view of the dense forest and the numerous lakes. On the way back through the National Park Müritz you then leave by your own efforts. The path leads you past several smaller lakes to the harbor in Waren. From the waterfront you have a fantastic view of the sunset on the Müritz.The hike is especially nice in early summer, when the air in the forest is still fresh, but the sun already has enough power. You run a lot in the forest on this route, which provides shade on hot summer days. And if you get too sweaty, the route will take you past several swimming spots. You will get a feeling of Indian Summer if you make this hike on a sunny autumn day. The colorful leaves of the trees offer you an unforgettable sight. After all, 70 percent of the national park is wooded.After a good seven kilometers, you will pass a restaurant. After that you will find back in place goods rest stops - then very many. Be sure to pack enough water for the tour.To the starting point, the Käflingsberg, you come with the national park bus line 009 goods. However, this bus operates only from early May to late September. The exact timetable can be found here: nationalparkticket.de.

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  • Intermediate
    04:39
    11.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The colorful town on the small sea - this is the title of the place Röbel an der Müritz. The two early Gothic church towers welcome you from afar, if you go with the ship of goods to the starting point of the 18-kilometer tour. Not far from the city, the hike leads you to a forest area with ancient trees and hidden lakes. After a few quiet kilometers on beautiful trails in and around the forest, the round ends again in lively Röbel. Before returning to Waren, allow plenty of time to look at the many colorful half-timbered houses and stroll along the waterfront.On the way you will find nice places for a relaxing break at the three lakes. Restaurants and cafés are only available in Röbel. So pack enough food. At the Groß-Keller lake, the first and largest of the three waters, there is a swimming area.The ship of goods to Röbel runs back and forth several times a day from 27 April to 6 October. The current timetable can be found here: nationalparkticket.de. While driving over the Müritz you can enjoy a different perspective on the national park.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    6.61 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Deep blue extends the Tiefwarensee north of the city goods. A 300 meter wide land bridge separates it from the Müritz. From this strip of land on which the city has spread, you start this ten-kilometer hike. The path leads you once around the Tiefwarensee. Beautiful views of the water and views of the surrounding region are included. The different stations of the ice age teaching path will tell you more about the origin of this region. Back in Waren you walk past the nature discovery center Müritzeum to the Volksbad. Altitude meters only challenge you on this tour if you climb the lookout tower.Start the tour early in the morning and enjoy the tranquility on the lakeshore. In the afternoon you will have enough time to visit the Müritzeum and have enough evening sun for a swim in the Binnenmüritz. You can plan your lunch break at the Brauhaus Müritz with hearty meals and local beer.In the months of June to August, take a look at the program of the open-air museum. The hike will take you right past it. This year's episode of the Müritz saga is titled "Councilor, Avenger and Rebel." Each summer since 2006, the actors have been presenting yet another historical chapter of the Müritz saga on stage.You can find all information about the play and the tickets here: https : //mueritz-saga.de.

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    10.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Lakes, forest, tranquility and even more lakes: what more is needed for a beautiful hike in the lowlands? In the municipality of Kratzeburg, in the western part of the Müritz National Park, you will find just that. The almost 18-kilometer walk takes you along beautiful forest trails once around the Käbelicksee. Five kilometers north of Kratzeburg rises the Havel as a small trickle that flows through several of the lakes in the region, including through the Käbelicksee.Nice rest areas can be found on this route. Definitely pack your bathing suit and seat cover for your snack. At about half-time, when you cross the Havel, you can stop by at Granzin's in the Havelkrug restaurant. The restaurant is only open during the summer months.From goods you come with the regional train in scarcely quarter of an hour to Kratzenburg. The trains regularly shuttle back and forth between the two villages.In the tranquil village with about 550 inhabitants you will also find the national park information "Flatterhus Kratzeburg". In the building on Dorfstraße 31 you can find out all about bats. The exhibition about the nocturnal hunters is open daily from the beginning of May until the end of October between 10am and 5pm.

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    7.63 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stately, historic and impressive - this hike begins in the royal town of Neustrelitz. The starting point of this twelve-kilometer circular route takes you back to the time of aristocracy, pomp and wigs. The castle is no longer, but the sweeping castle garden is worth seeing enough. Then the tour will take you further around Lake Zierker See. In Slawendorf you can travel further back in history and experience how people lived in this region from the 7th to the middle of the 12th century.Once you've rounded the lake, the twelve-kilometer hike ends at the market square in Neustrelitz. This place characterizes the cityscape especially, because the market square is built in a star shape: Eight roads lead from the heart of the city in a radial direction in the different directions.Pack some snacks and drinks for the hike. On the track, you will always pass beautiful places where you can rest. In Neustrelitz you will find cafés, snack bars, restaurants and supermarkets.The train brings you to the royal residence several times a day. The journey takes 20 minutes.

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    10.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It's fun to sail, which is why it's best to go by boat to the starting point of this hike. At the Bolter Kanal you then enter the mainland again and start the tour through the forest of the National Park Müritz. Here nature can develop according to its own rules. You wander through dense forests, past lakes and bogs. Enjoy the tranquility of this unique landscape, listen to the birds and let yourself be guided by the beautiful forest trails through the National Park. The hike ends in the small town of Boek. From here, however, worth a detour to the banks of the Müritz. At the bathing area you can wade through the shallow water far out into the lake and refresh yourself.On the track you will hardly find refreshments. So pack some food. The bathing area is located at a campsite. There you can provide snacks and drinks at the kiosk.From Waren you come over the waterway to the Bolter Kanal. For example, the ship leaves at the pier every morning at 9.30. But the sailors only sail over the Müritz from the end of April to the beginning of October. From Boek the bus line 009 goes back to Waren. Departure is at the National Park Information. The complete timetable can be found here: nationalparkticket.de.Actually, the National Park information is in the manor house in Boek. Currently, however, the manor house is being renovated. The park information is therefore provisionally set up in a camper van with awning. From May to October you will find there daily between 10 and 17 o'clock a contact person who can answer you questions about the national park and its flora and fauna.

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    7.41 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the lake to the castle and on to the next lake. On this short hike, you will lend the hopping lake even more stately flair. You start in Waren and wander along the banks of the Müritz. You have a fantastic view of Germany's largest lake and can watch the heavy traffic on the water, especially on beautiful summer days. After about ten kilometers you reach Klink. A small village with a beautiful castle. Further, the path leads you to the Kölpinsee, the perfect place to take off your shoes and take a bath.On this hike you can either dine royally or plaster your own provisions at the lake shore. Whatever your mood. At the farmer's market in Klink you can still provide you with enough food and regional specialties.The bus back to Waren departs in Klink. After a long swimming break, simply walk the kilometer back to the village. The lines 012 and 011 bring you back to the old town of Waren. You can check the timetable here: nationalparkticket.de.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    65.8 mi
  • Duration
    27:19 h
  • Elevation
    1,800 ft