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Mecklenburg Lake District

The Mecklenburg Lake District, sometimes called “The Land of 1000 Lakes” is located in central and southern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the federal state that’s in turn making up the northeastern corner of Germany. The region is sparsely populated and void of large cities, but instead features a number of quaint, small towns worth visiting. In between, the scenery is marked by lakes of various sizes, several rivers, forests and marshlands. The area has in recent years become a favorite among domestic travelers, with touristic infrastructures being expanded in many places, while conserving the original appeal of the region. The district is dotted by several nature parks, a National Park and other protected habitats.

MV Mecklenburg Lakes

Picture Gallery Mecklenburg Lake District

The Mecklenburg Lake District has developed out of glacially formed valleys about 12,000 years ago, a similarity to other nearby lake-dotted areas in Poland. Scientists have found that already back then, hunters and fishermen lived in this area. Beginning about 4000 BC, the first agricultural use of the area has begun. It wasn’t until the 12th century that fixed settlements were set up in the area, laying the cornerstones for many towns still in existence today.

There are two Autobahn highway routes leading into the area. One is A24 from Berlin to Hamburg, which touches the western perimeter of the area and from which Autobahn A19 departs, leading to Rostock, the other is A20, going from Hamburg in an eastern direction.  The nearest major airport is the one in Berlin.

There are several hundred lakes in the Mecklenburg Lake District, most of which are smaller in size, but all lakes of the region offer a multitude of leisure opportunities centered around the water. Apart from swimming, fishing and lake cruises, there are also plenty of opportunities for canoe tours. Another popular alternative are house boat vacations, made possible by the fact that the largest lake Müritz is connected to various smaller lakes by channels, extending the area to explore significantly. There are a number of rental agencies for house boats and a boat driver permit is not required. The Lake District as a whole can be subdivided into smaller units which market themselves under different brand names. The lakes in the westernmost section mostly go under the “Müritz” designation, while the eastern section is often referred to as the “Feldberger Seenlandschaft”. In the northern area of the district, the name “Mecklenburgische Schweiz” (Mecklenburg Switzerland) is often used.

 

A look at the major lakes and towns of the Mecklenburg Lake District:

 

Ankershagen
Near the small town of Ankershagen at the northern end of the Müritz National Park, the Havel river rises and from here, makes its way over more than 300 kilometers towards the Elbe river. The town is home to a museum covering the life and work of Heinrich Schliemann, discoverer of the ruins of Troy, who spent his boyhood years here. There are several lakes surrounding Ankershagen, most notably the Käbelicksee and the Mühlensee, which is popular for swimming.
 

Breiter Luzin
One of the deepest of the lakes here, separated into two parts and surrounded by forests. There are several beaches along the lakeshore, but the Breiter Luzin is primarily known as being a habitat for various fish species and is thus popular for fishing. Also, a few crustacean species live in the lake as well. Near the lake, the town of Feldberger Seenlandschaft, whose name is often used to summarize the entire region, marks the transition from the Mecklenburg Lake District to a similar vacation region in the neighboring state of Brandenburg.  

Carwitzer See
Located in the eastern section of the Mecklenburg Lake District, the Carwitzer See is notable for its numerous bays and nine islands. A beach and a campground can be found on the western shore. In addition, the lake is popular for fishing as there are various species of fish living here.
 

Fleesensee
One of the larger lakes in the district with an extensive vacation resort on its shore. Read on...

Garder See
With a maximum length of 1.2 kilometers, the Garder See is located in the middle of a protected habitat with widely untouched nature surrounding it. Three parts of the town of Lohmen abut the lake and there are a number of vacation accommodations available there. There is also a campground on the northern shore. 

Güstrow
A mid-sized city with many notable attractions, hometown of famous sculptor Ernst Barlach. Read on...

Jabel
The small town is located along the road connecting Malchow and Waren. The town itself is home to vacation apartments and campgrounds, while the surrounding area is notable for its hiking and biking opportunities. Within a short drive from Jabel, several lakes can be reached, including Müritz, Fleesensee, Kölpinsee, and Jabelscher See, where a small marina enables boat launches.

Kogeler See
A lake in the eastern section of the District, located between Müritz and Plauer See. The Kogeler See is within town limits of Fünfseen and has a small bathing and swimming beach for public use.

Krakower See
The large lake with a surface area of more than 15 km² is usually considered to be located just outside of the Lake District. The lake has tow parts, called Untersee and Obersee, where the latter is embedded in a hilly landscape popular with hikers, while the Untersee’s surroundings are rather flat. Both parts are often used for fishing. The village of Serrahn at the lake is notable for its Gothic brick church built in 1240, while the larger town of Krakow which gave the lake its name is the tourist center for the lake region. The southern part of the lake including the island has been made a natural preserve. There are two observation towers overlooking the habitat.  

Kummerower See
The fourth-largest lake of the state has beaches for swimming in several places. Read on...

Kölpinsee
Contrary to most of the other large lakes of the district, the Kölpinsee, located between Fleesensee and Müritz, sees very little touristic use and instead is primarily an ecosystem consisting of the lake and the forests surrounding it. There are no significant towns at the shore of the comparatively shallow lake that has a surface area of some 20 km². In most parts, the habitat has been designated protected areas. On a peninsula in the northwestern quadrant of the lake there is a compound for European bison that is open to visitors (Damerower Werder).

Mirow
Located on the shore of a lake named after the town, Mirow is a popular day trip and vacation destination. The town has a long history, dating back to 1226 and several historic buildings worth seeing. The main attraction however is an island in the Mirower See called “Schlossinsel” (“palace island”). On it, a former side residence of the dukes of Mecklenburg-Strelitz can be found, originally constructed in 1708. Both the castle itself and the adjacent staff building have been thoroughly renovated and now serve as a museum and as venue for cultural events. Also on the island, a gate building that was once part of a fortification and the palace gardens can be seen. A small, adjacent island, called “Liebesinsel” (love island), holds the tomb of Adolf Friedrich VI, a former duke.

Müritz
The largest of the lakes in the area features towns with a number of sights as well as a National Park. Read on...

Neustrelitz
One of the larger cities in the region, Neustrelitz offers quick access to almost 30 lakes. Read on...

Plauer See
Another popular tourist destination, mostly because of the quaint little town of Plau on its western shore. Read on...

Teterower See
One of the smaller lakes in the district near the town of Teterow with its historic old town area. Read on...

Tollensesee
A large lake with two islands within the city limits of the town of Neubrandenburg in the eastern section of the lake district. Read on...