Mecklenburg and Märkische small lakes - the heavenly heart

South of the Müritz begins the small lakes at the heart of the Mecklenburg and Märkischen waters. The last ice age has left here over 300 lakes with partly natural compounds. Narrow, deep valley lakes, circular shallow lakes and short stitch channels form a water sports paradise, second to none in Europe. Often the connecting channel can only be seen when your boat is in the immediate vicinity.

The small lakes consist essentially of two waterways: The Müritz-Havel waterway leading from the Müritz Priepert and the Upper Havel waterway leading from Neustrelitz in the forest north of Berlin.

Itineraries

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Turn: Rheinberg - 3 Days

  • Port of Müritz - Rhine mountain and back: 3 days / 89 km / 8 locks

 

 

Turn: Uckermark - 7 days

  • Port of Müritz - Furstenberg - Lychen and back: 7 days / 128 km / 14 locks

Turn: Havel - 7 days

  • Port of Müritz - Rheinberg - Furstenberg - Neustrelitz and back: 7 days / 170 km / 18 locks

Turn: Lake District - 7 days

  • Zehdenick - Templin - Furstenberg - Mirow - Port Müritz and back: 7 days / 194 km / 21 locks

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Turn: Finow Or - 7 to 14 days

  • Port of Müritz - Furstenberg - Zehdenick - Finowkanal - Oderberg and back: 7-14 days / 321 km / 18 locks

Müritz-Havel Waterway - Castle Island, Castle Mirow and Rheinberg

The first highlight on the way from the Müritz to Berlin is the former ducal residence, Mirow. Cross the moat and stroll through the park. Visit the baroque palace where the English Quee,n Sophie Charlotte lived and stroll to the Love Island.

Before the completion of the Müritz-Havel waterway, the Müritz was connected to the small lake area over the so-called Old ride and the Bolter lock. Today, only the Lake Mirow and the Granzower Möschen are navigable. In the summer, the lilies are in bloom and a visit to the Mini Marina holiday park Mirow is highly recommended. This is the last point of the old drive, which can be run without a special permit. The Granzow Möschen is a small port and provides good protection from wind and waves from any direction, but large enough that even beginners can always maneuver without problems. The old ride has idyllic beaches and anchorages. 

A trip to the Rheinberger waters leads to the Brandenburg town of the same name, which became famous by the German poet Theodor Fontane and Kurt Tucholsky. The Rheinberger Palace with its garden provides a unique backdrop from the boat. The Rheinberger waters have numerous tributaries, lakes and bays and both beautiful and quiet anchorages.

Upper Havel Waterway - Neustrelitz and Furstenberg

In the northern part of the small lakes at the beginning of the Upper Havel waterway is Neustrelitz. This former residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, has an impressive baroque square and interesting streets. With its cultural offerings (State Theatre of Mecklenburg, Kachelofenfabrik, Slavic Village) and good shopping, a visit is worthwhile. A walk through the castle garden with its large lawn and orangery is not to be missed. 

Between Neustrelitz and Furstenberg  is beautiful countryside along the Upper Havel. The banks are natural and are largely untouched. Look out for kingfishers and if you are very lucky you may see osprey. There are many tranquil bays. Der Wasserwanderrastplatz in Wesenberg offers a beautiful anchorage.

Furstenberg offers a wide variety of things to do. There are many restaurants and in the old town you can admire the historic fishermen's houses. A visit to the Ravensbrück memorial provides insights into the recent history of the place.

In Himmelpfortgrund, stop and visit the old city and the Christmas post office. After this you are now entering one of the most beautiful sections as the Upper Havel gently winds between Himmelpfortgrund and the castle walls. It is a unique place for nature. At the start of this waterway is Schorfheide, which is an unspoilt area of marsh. In this area even cranes and gray geese breed. Even if you have no plans to go towards Berlin it is worth making this detour to experience the route. 

Another worthwhile detour is to Templin. The old town has well preserved medieval city walls and a modern natural thermal spa will make a memorable day ashore. The historic drawbridge and lock are a couple of sights best seen from the boat.