Kummerow is a tiny town on the southeastern shore of the lake it lent its name to. The town’s name, in turn, is of Slavic heritage and means “bug’s place”. Kummerow can trace its history back to the year 1222 and there a number of historic buildings that can be seen in town. Among these is the historic church building, whose origins go back to the 13th century, and most notably the Kummerow castle. It was built at the lakefront around 1730 in baroque style and has seen various uses throughout the time, from elementary school to supermarket. There are now plans to convert it into a museum.
Sommersdorf, located on the lake’s eastern shore, is a small town which also features an historic building that the locals refer to as a castle, although it is in fact rather a large manor which today serves as the seat of the town administration. The former stables belonging to the manor have been converted into a fire station. Also in Sommersdorf, there is a historic church built around 1700. The town, whose name can be translated as “summer village”, is home to a number of vacation homes and a campground. Near the campground area, a small bathing beach can be found.
Verchen on the northern end of the lake was home to an abbey from the 13th through the 16th century. Visitors will find the historic abbey church which is worth seeing for its painted glass windows dating back to the 15th century. There are a few accommodation opportunities available in town, which also has a small lake beach area. Near Verchen, the Peene river drains the lake. Thanks to its calm waters and the natural sceneries on its banks, the Peene is popular for canoe trips.
Malchin is the largest town of the area with a population of about 7600. The town consists of nseveral parts which are not all connected to one another. The main town part, the original Malchin, is a few miles removed from the lake and features a pretty old town worth seeing. Several historic buildings such as the St. Johannis church, a century-old water tower, and remains of the town fortification erected in the 15th century. A defense tower and two historic town gates are notable. Malchin has two medium-sized hotels in the main part of town.
The Malchiner See is another lake in the area, located southwest of the city. While this lake is the center point of a nature reserve and habitat, it is rarely used for swimming or boating.
The town part named Salem has direct access to the Kummerower lake an dhas thus become the tourist center of town. Located on the western shore of the lake, Salem features a family-friendly beach. Also, there are a high-ropes course and a small harbor in this part of the town, where sailing and canoeing are offered. Those looking for an accommodation will find a number of vacation homes in Salem.