MV Müritz


Müritz (sometimes also called Müritzsee) has a surface area of almost 113 km² with a maximum length of 29 kilometers, which makes it the largest lake entirely in Germany (while Lake Constance is larger, it is also located in Switzerland and Austria) and the main lake of the Mecklenburg Lake District. It is fed and drained by the Elde river, the longest river of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and it has a depth of up to 30 meters with the eastern section generally being more shallow. For orientation purposes, Müritz is often subdivided into areas named after the many bays it features, such as the “Röbeler Bucht” in the West or the “Kleine Müritz” in the South.

Röbel is one of the two larger places along the lake. It has only about 5000 permanent residents but draws many tourists, particularly in the summer. Röbel has a historic quarter in the center of town with some notably colorful structures worth seeing, partly dating back to the 18th century. Examples can be found in Mühlenstrasse and at the Marktplatz square, where there is also the town hall, constructed in the early 19th century. A former synagogue has been converted to exhibition space where visitors can learn about the traditions of Jewish life in Mecklenburg (Kleine Stavenstrasse 10). The historic windmill sitting on a hill overlooking the town was constructed in 1825. If the weather is not nice enough to swim in the lake, the Müritztherme spa offers an indoor and outdoor pool and a sauna area. There is a ferry across the Müritz connecting Röbel with the eastern lakeshore, where Waren is located.

MV Waren MüritzeumWaren is the largest town at the lake with a population of 21.000 and the tourist hub with numerous restaurants, accommodation and shopping opportunities. It also is a stop in the German high-speed train network. Waren has a small lake in the town center, where there are also a number of historic buildings. A great restoration effort had been undertaken beginning after German reunification in the old town center. Worth seeing are the historic churches of St. Georgen (Güstrower Strasse) and St. Marien (Mühlenstrasse). Both structures date back to the 13th century. Another historic building is the town hall (at Marktplatz square), constructed in 1862.
The main attraction in town, however, is the Müritzeum. This interactive museum was re-opened in 2007 and features the largest freshwater aquarium in Germany, subdivided into 25 tanks, where most of the species native to the Lake District can be watched. The Müritzeum serves as both an aquarium, a museum for the nature and natural history of the region and as the visitor information center for the National Park. The town of Waren hosts a large, maritime-themed fun fair called Müritz Sail annually in May. 

Müritz National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, begins just south of Waren, where visitor information is available at the Müritzeum and stretches over a total area of 322 km². Most of the Park is covered by forests which are mostly left in their natural state, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of what nature here looked like centuries ago. The remainder of the Park area consists of lakes, of which there are about 100 within Park boundaries alone. Lots of animals can be watched in this area, for example from atop observation towers, notably osprey, black stork and cranes. In addition to various bird species especially in migration time, the Park also hosts many mammals and fish. The area can be explored by hiking or biking. While car traffic is not permitted inside the Park, there are buses making frequent stops which can be used to transport bikes.

Rechlin is a town at the Kleine Müritz extension of the lake with a population of about 2000. Apart from the 12 kilometer section at the shore, there are some more, smaller lakes included in the town area. Rechlin is the location of an old airpark that was used in the Second World War and later by the Soviet air force and which is now used for a large performing arts event, Fusion Festival, taking place annually in June. There is an air and technics museum that’s open from February through October in town (street address: Am Claassee). The town part of Boek is home to an entrance to the Müritz National Park and has thus developed into a center for travel with many accommodation opportunities and other tourism services. Many visitors come here to watch birds, particularly geese and cranes passing through the area in migration. 

Klink, located on the narrow headland between Müritz and Kölpinsee, is a small town with a remarkably broad offering for tourism and leisure. Klink is home to two large hotels, one of which is housed in a large castle built in 1898. In addition to accommodations of various kinds, the town offers a number of sports opportunities and a camp ground which also accepts RVs. Klink has a marina at the Müritz, as well as a sand beach section at the lake, where boat rentals, a playground and beach chair rentals are available. One small section is a designated dog beach.