Sea eagles and lesser spotted eagles, osprey and black storks, European pond turtles, otters and kingfishers; these are just some of the rare species the hiker can meet along the Uckermärker Landrunde.
Within the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, situated northeast of Berlin, it is not just plants and wildlife that are a joy to experience but in particular the minutely varied cultural landscape that has historically evolved; where fields and pastures interspersed with trees, and ancient villages and paved avenues make the cares of everyday life seem far away. It extends through the dense forests of the Schorfheide to the water filled nature park of the Uckermark lakes. The last ice age gave the Uckermark its present day appearance. Over 500 lakes together with thousands of field kettle holes and small ponds nestled in the expanse of the hilly moraine landscape. In dense deciduous forests the hiker encounters mysterious moors, crosses creeks and channels and perhaps takes a rest by a quiet forest pond, before the landscape opens again to reveal gently rolling meadows and fields. In the distance the tower of a medieval stone church announces the rapid approach of a historical village green settlement with village pond and colourful half-timbered houses. The former manor house villages are captivating with old mansions often gleaming in renovated splendour. In the Ackerbürger cities of Angermünde and Templin one is tempted to linger in the listed and originally restored city centre (Angermünde) and an almost perfectly preserved medieval fortification (Templin). Away from these larger towns and village, hikers often experience complete silence, broken only by the sound of the wind or the call of a bird.
Tip: The Dominican Monastery at Prenzlau
The religious building is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in Northeast Germany. Particularly eye-catching are the cloisters and refectory, the guests dining room of the monks, and the sacristy and the lady chapel. The complex also includes the Cultural History Museum.
At a glance:
Start and destination: Prenzlau – Prenzlau
Distance: 167 km
Number of stages: 6
Height: Ascent 1,000 m, descent 1,000 m
Trail surface: 62% unmade, 18% asphalt, 20% other e.g. gravel
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