• Overwhelming multitudes of cranes populate the meadows and skies around Fischland-Darß-Zingst In the early morning haze, © TMV/Growe-Lodzig
    Overwhelming multitudes of cranes populate the meadows and skies around Fischland-Darß-Zingst In the early morning haze
  • Proud cranes rise through the morning fog and up into the skies, © TMV/Lodzig-Naturfoto Lodzig
    Proud cranes rise through the morning fog and up into the skies
  • A staggering natural phenomenon: dance of the cranes in the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park, Fischland-Darß-Zingst, © TMV/Reich
    A staggering natural phenomenon: dance of the cranes in the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park, Fischland-Darß-Zingst

Dance of the Cranes

A musical spectacle of nature of a very special kind.

They line up like a long string of pearls in front of the red glow of the setting sun. Nowhere else in central Europe has such a large gathering of vociferous stars of the skies.

Twice a year, cranes gather to rest in the shallow waters of the Bodden and lakes in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and provide an unparalleled spectacle of nature for many weeks. Nowhere else in central Europe has such a large gathering of vociferous stars of the skies, in the National Park of Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft up to 50,000 birds are expected to appear all at the same time in the autumn.

With a bit of luck in the spring, the "cranes dance" – the crane's mating ritual – can be observed on the vast pastures and meadows. In the autumn, the cranes need to store sufficient energy reserves for their long flight to their winter quarters in the south. The harvested maize and barley fields make ideal feeding reservoirs.
At sunrise, the cranes set off with their piercing, trumpet-like calls to forage for food and return just as noisily in the evening.

You can observe the cranes in the spring between mid-March and the beginning of April and in the autumn from September until the end of October. During these periods, entrance to the National Park of Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft is only possible with the National Park Card "Observe - Without Disturbing". There is also a "Crane Ticket" in the Müritz National Park, which includes bus and guided tour to the cranes. Hides and photo huts are available so as not to disturb the birds. Boat trips to the resting places in the National Park of Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft are also available using passenger ships from Zingst and Hiddensee shipping companies.
The crane centre in Groß Mohrdorf also provides information on the Bird of Good Fortune all year round and also offers trips and lectures.