Starting from Lüneburg, you head through the Elbe Valley nature reserve on course for Bleckede, where you cross the Elbe by ferry. Beyond Neustadt-Glewe, you roll through riverside scenery and past meadows, lakes, forests – first to the town of Lübz and then to Lake Plau and Lake Müritz. En route through the Mecklenburg lakes and Müritz National Park you might be able to spot cranes, ospreys and white-tailed eagles. The route then continues through Neustrelitz and Neubrandenburg to Szczecin Bay. As you arrive on Usedom Island, where your journey ends, the views open up across the Baltic Sea and neo-classical seaside villas. Terrain: mainly on asphalt paths, the route is largely flat with some hilly sections and just a few steep climbs worthy of mention. The route is not always car-free. Scenery: marshland and sandy heaths in the Elbe Valley nature reserve, a long chain of lakes flanked by meadows and forests, tree-lined avenues, Müritz National Park, Szczecin Bay, and the Baltic coast on Usedom Island with its beaches and dramatic cliffs.