Over autumn, more than 150,000 cranes converge on the lakes of northern and eastern Germany on their journey south, creating a memorable natural spectacle.
When was the last time that the beauty of nature left you speechless? A visit to the wide landscapes of Brandenburg or Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in October is certainly a good start. Around this time, the majestic cranes, which can grow up to 1.3 metres tall, stop off here for several weeks before continuing their journey south to warmer climes. The migrating cranes with their graceful and distinctive flight formation and loud trumpeting calls are an unforgettable autumn sight. Europe's largest roosting areas for migrating cranes can be found around the lakes of Mecklenburg, the Havel Marshes and the Western-Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft National Park. These rare and particularly valuable ecosystems are a haven for many animal species, and it comes as no surprise that you can admire these impressive birds here as they mingle in their thousands in the fields and shallow waters, especially in the morning and the evening.
Face to face with nature
Want to experience something spectacular? While the birds are here over autumn, you can go on safaris and guided tours with crane experts and explore the secrets of these fascinating animals. Information centres close to the breeding grounds provide useful tips on how to behave around cranes and tell you the best places to observe them. You can find further information on Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania at www.off-to-mv.com and on Brandenburg at www.brandenburg-tourism.com.