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The Peene Valley River Landscape: discoveries on land and water

The Peene Valley in north-east Germany is unique in Europe and more than worth a visit. Nowhere else in Western Europe can such a density of white-tailed eagles, beavers and other river animals be found.

At 200 square metres, the marshes of the Peene river that characterise the river landscape of the Peene Valley are some of the largest to be found in Central and Western Europe.

The heart of this breath-taking natural landscape is the Peene that runs for 85 kilometres from Lake Kummerow in the centre of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to the Baltic. The river flows from a wide estuary east of the Hanseatic city of Anklam into the Peenestrom strait. This is part of the Oder river delta and is an area of unparalleled wilderness. Some of the fenland plants and animals in the Peene Valley can either be found nowhere else in Germany or are most prevalent here.

Compare the river valleys of north-east Germany and it soon becomes clear that the Peene Valley has preserved the most of its native wildness - this is what makes it so significant to Germany and Europe as a whole. Guests can experience this Ice Age river valley sustainably along a large number of guided experience tours by solar boat or canoe, as well as on fenland walks or by bike.

The tourism provider network "Abenteuer Flusslandschaft" is the only German organisation to win the EDEN Award, a European tourism prize, for its sustainable tourism amenities. Visitors can book day trips and longer holidays in the Peene Valley. These range from seven-day boat trips to rafting holidays and romantic getaways.

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