The landscape at the heart of the Stechlin-Ruppiner Land Nature Park has more or less stayed the same since the Brandenburg writer and hiking enthusiast Theodor Fontane described it at the end of the 19th century.
Beech forests and crystal-clear lakes are the stars of the show across the Stechlin-Ruppiner Land Nature Park, which spans an area of 680 square kilometres in the north of Brandenburg, just 60 kilometres from Berlin. There are more than 150 lakes here, including many of the clear-water variety. The Great Stechlin Lake, which is up to 69 metres deep, is the largest and most important of all the lakes in the North German Plain. Visitors can enjoy canoe adventures and steamboat cruises on the nature park's lakes, with the option of departing from places such as Rheinsberg, Fürstenberg/Havel and Neuruppin. Keen hikers can walk around the lakes or rise to the challenge of the 250-kilometre Ruppiner Land Circular Trail.