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The Mecklenburg Lakes – ospreys and white-tailed eagles circle in the skies above sweeping woodland, meadows and moors. Dotted in between are the glistening waters of small pools, ponds and vast lakes. Discover the wonders of nature, try out water sports, or kick back and relax on the water’s edge.
The natural treasures of the Mecklenburg Lakes are well protected. Situated in close proximity are three nature parks (Mecklenburg Switzerland & Lake Kummerow, Nossentin/Schwinz Heathland and Feldberg Lakes). At the centre of it all, Müritz National Park safeguards over 320 square kilometres of natural beauty for future generations. An action plan for sustainable tourism, put in place by the Müritz National Park office and local tourism providers, lays out the key points for development in the conservation area.
Holidays beside and on the water
An eco-friendly way to explore the surroundings is by canoe – on one-day trips or extended tours. With your camping equipment and provisions on board, you paddle from one lake to the next using muscle power alone – perhaps spotting ospreys and white-tailed eagles along the way. For a little more luxury, you can hire a house boat. On many of the waterways, you don’t even need prior experience or a boating licence for this. From aboard your floating holiday home, you can jump straight into the water. Alternatively, you can experience the breathtaking beauty of the Mecklenburg Lakes from on board a passenger boat as part of an evening cruise, romantic tour or pirate adventure. No matter where you come ashore, the water quality of the lakes is ideal for swimming.
On foot or by bike through UNESCO natural heritage
This lake region and the pilgrimage route from Friedland to Mirow are ideal for walkers. Visitors to Müritz National Park can explore the conservation area on six GPS walking routes. There is also a special trail for exploring the unspoilt beech forests in the Serrahn part of the national park – awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. En route you may well see red deer, fallow deer and raccoons, as well as an impressive array of insects and fungi living on dead wood.
The flat landscape also lends itself well to cycling. Repair workshops, hire stations and bike-friendly accommodation make the ride even smoother for cyclists.
Setting the standards for barrier-free holidays
At many places in the Mecklenburg Lakes, the park’s charm can be enjoyed by everyone. The multi-award-winning HausRheinsberg lakeside hotel, for example, is the world’s first hotel designed specifically to meet the needs of guests with disabilities. Its concept: a retreat for people with physical disabilities, and their partners, children and friends, which sees inclusivity as an expression of modern society.
Relax, unwind. Challenge yourself: guests are invited to try something new and to overcome former obstacles through relaxing or at times physically demanding activities.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival
Every year between June and September, emerging artists and international stars appear at Germany’s third biggest festival of classical music. Around 120 concerts are staged against spectacular backdrops including palaces, barns and restored stately homes.
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