Stages: 7 | Some time ago, the inner-German border ran directly along the Elbe and the Schaalsee. In the former no man's land, an original landscape with unique flora and fauna has been preserved. The round trip promises unforgettable experiences of nature and history.
Elbetal-Schaalsee circular route
Tour tips: Elbe and Schalsee biosphere reserves with their pristine natural landscape, numerous villages with historic half-timbered architecture.
Rail connections: Ludwigslust, Boizenburg, Schönberg, Gadebusch, among others
In Ludwigslust, the historical journey starts with pompous splendor. The late Baroque palace with its fairy-tale park is host to lavish costume parties and classical concerts. A charming contrast to this is the drive through the Griese area and a little later through the Elbe meadows. From the shifting sand dune in Klein Schmölen and from Dömitz Fortress, there is an impressive view of the Elbe Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe. Storks chatter, cranes breed, beavers build castles, and sea eagles and gray herons soar over the mighty stream. Through forests and meadows, along avenues of fruit trees and field paths, the route leads through a multifaceted natural landscape. Before reaching Zarrentin, cyclists will cross the former inner-German border several times.
At Schaalsee, the Cistercian monastery in Zarrentin nestles romantically on the steep southern shore. The deepest lake in northern Germany gave its name to the UNESCO biosphere reserve. In Schlagsdorf, the "Grenzhus" provides insights into the history of the inner-German border and shows, among other things, how it was built from original components. A mosaic of forests and lakes, meadows and fields, pastures and avenues awaits cyclists on this stage. The massive brick church of Schönberg greets its guests from afar. The tour leads through gentle hills and along forest and field paths to the state capital. From Wittenförden, a detour to nearby Schwerin is worthwhile.
Southwest of the royal capital, nature enchants in all its diversity. Cyclists enjoy dreamlike silence and seclusion. Glittering ditches and shady forests line the path to Redefin on the last stage. In the midst of the rugged Griesen region is the famous Redefin stud farm, scene of historic stallion parades.
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Nature adventure pool Boizenburg / Elbe
- Boizestraße, 19258 Boizenburg/Elbe OT Schwartow
Our attractive, spacious, fully biological natural adventure pool offers recreation, sports and fun for the whole family. On a total water surface of 2,200 sqm, there are diving, swimmers' and non-swimmers' areas with water slides and aqua balls, as well as a spacious sunbathing lawn.
Dutch Windmill Wittenburg
- Am Mühlenberg, 19243 Wittenburg
The Wittenbürger windmill greets guests and visitors to the small town at the eastern entrance. It was built between 1890 and 1891 and is still a functioning technical monument today. There is a restaurant at the mill. Guided tours for groups are available upon request.
- Kirchplatz, 19246 Zarrentin
The former Cistercian nunnery "Himmelspforte" is located on the southern shore of the Schaalsee. The monastery complex, which is well worth seeing, can be visited. There is an exhibition on the history, as well as guided tours and audio guides.
Border house Schlagsdorf
- Neubauernweg, 19217 Schlagsdorf
Grenzhus Schlagsdorf tells the story of the inner-German border between the Baltic Sea and the Elbe from 1945 to 1990 from the perspective of the people in the border area. How did people live on both sides, how did they react to the constraints of the GDR border regime and the Cold War? The historical learning site is divided into a museum, an outdoor area with reconstructed barrier installations and a border trail "Grenzwege Schlagsdorf".
“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“
- Open today
- Wittenburger Chaussee, 19246 Zarrentin am Schaalsee
Welcome to the PAHLHUUS, the visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve „Schaalsee“. We are happy to inform you about touristic offers and show you the most beautiful places in the biosphere reserve. Extraordinary insights into nature and landscape of the region await you in an interactive exhibition.
Hunger Tower Wittenburg
- Wallstraße, 19243 Wittenburg
Anyone strolling through Wittenburg's city center and moving from the town hall in the direction of the ramparts will also pass the Hunger Tower through the narrow alleys of the old town. This was part of the old city wall and served as a prison tower in the Middle Ages.
Fort Dömitz (exhibition “Im Grunde“)
- Auf der Festung, 19303 Dömitz
The bulwark of fort Dömitz overlooks the river Elbe by the city of Dömitz. Its walls saw princes, army commanders, and kings come and go and inspired poets. Nature lovers can find the exciting exhibition “Im Grunde” and the visitor centre of the biosphere reserve “Elbe-Schaalsee” here.
Outdoor exhibition “EinFlussReich“
- Freely accessible at any time
- Am Elbberg, 19258 Boizenburg/Elbe
Life by a river like the Elbe has many advantages that people have used for centuries. At the same time, they had to protect themselves from the dangers of flooding and built dikes and dams. The open-air exhibition “EinFlussReich”, located in the immediate vicinity of the famous Elwkieker observation tower, provides children and adults with information on the subject of flooding in a playful way.
- Meiereiweg, 19217 Dechow
Gläserne Molkerei is a pure organic dairy with 2 locations in Germany. One production site is located in Dechow, Mecklenburg, and the second plant is located in Münchehofe (Brandenburg). We obtain our organic milk from the surrounding regions and process it into drinking milk, butter, cheese or yogurt.
Renaissance castle Gadebusch
- Johann-Stelling-Straße, 19205 Gadebusch
The Renaissance castle from 1573 is especially known for the detailed terracotta decorations on the facade. Currently, the 16th century building is undergoing extensive renovation. The castle can be visited on guided tours during events such as the Open Monument Day.
- Open today
- Kirchplatz, 19217 Rehna
Rehna is home to one of the most beautiful and largest preserved monastery complexes in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The monastery offers space for art, theater and music and is a focal point for pilgrimage and long-distance hiking. Particularly worth seeing are the large monastery garden, the late Romanesque monastery church, the Kneipp basin on the monastery grounds, and the pretty town of Rehna with its half-timbered buildings.
- Open today
- Schlossfreiheit, 19288 Ludwigslust
The magnificent Ludwigslust Palace, situated in a spacious park with avenues, cascades, canals and water jumps, is the center of the late Baroque town complex. In the castle's museum, the restored rooms shine in courtly splendor and transport visitors back in time. In the hunting hall of the castle there is a café with a spacious terrace overlooking the castle park.
State Stud Redefin
- Betriebsgelände, 19230 Redefin
Visit our country stud in the middle of untouched nature. Experience our beautiful horses, stroll through the stud park and enjoy the wonderful ambience with a cup of coffee and cake. Whether horse breeding, equestrian sports, training courses, concerts or shows - we will make your visit a special experience!
Pension "Am Schäferbrink
- Schäferbrink, 19258 Boizenburg
Stay with us in lovingly furnished, comfortable themed rooms. After a restful night, a breakfast with heart awaits you and our small courtyard with magic garden invites you to linger. We are a partner of the Biosphere Reserve River Landscape Elbe and are committed to sustainable development.
Guest house22 - at the monastery garden
- Mühlenstrasse, 19217 Rehna
One of the largest monastery complexes in our country is located in the heart of the small town of Rehna. The special thing about our guesthouse22 is the beautiful location directly at the monastery garden.
- Dorfstraße, 23911 Kittlitz
Enjoy yourself on our spacious farm in a quiet village location with a large garden. Everyone will find his place - at the natural pond - on the playground - or on the horse pasture. You can relax in comfortable and individually furnished vacation apartments for 2 to 10 people. The Birkenhof is an ideal starting point for cycling and hiking tours into the Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee. We look forward to seeing you!
- Lindenplatz, 19303 Vielank
brewery * hotel * restaurant * beer garden * vaulted cellar * distillery * banqueting hall * winter garden * brewery tours * aurochs safari
Camping ground Am Wiesengrund
- Am Kanal, 19294 Malliss
Quiet location on the Müritz-Elde waterway, canoe rental, family-friendly, campfire possible, signposted nature trail.
Apolony Guest Farm
- Dorfstraße, 19217 Utecht
Your vacation farm at the Ratzeburger lake! Vacation apartments and double rooms in the old farmhouse, also suitable for groups with large threshing floor and hayloft as common lounges, self-catering, large lawn for sunbathing, bathing area at Lake Ratzeburg only three minutes walk away.
Farmhouse cottage Klein Thurow
- Dorfstraße, 19205 Klein Thurow
A guest in the idyll. Vacation close to nature in the biosphere Schaalsee
Hotel Doemitz Port
- Hafenplatz, 19303 Dömitz
Enjoy a unique view over the Elbe floodplain from the panorama café at Hotel Dömitzer Hafen at a height of 40 meters. Relax with fresh coffee and cake and watch the shipping traffic and bird migration on the Elbe. A fresh breeze is included on request.
Vacation home Lübtheener Heide
- Ramm, 19230 Belsch
Find peace and relaxation in the middle of the nature reserve "Lübtheener Heide" in the Biosphere Reserve River Landscape Elbe. A lovingly restored farmhouse and a sauna with relaxation area await you. The house offers space for 14 people.
Tourist Information Bureau of Ludwigslust
- Schloßstraße, 19288 Ludwigslust
Ludwigslust is just waiting for you to visit. Get all information for your visit.
Tourist Information Bureau of Dömitz
- Rathausplatz, 19303 Dömitz
The fortress town of Dömitz is located in the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Flusslandschaft Elbe Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Tourist-Info and Archezentrum Amt Neuhaus
- Open today
- Elbstraße, 19273 Amt Neuhaus / OT Konau
Tourist information in Amt Neuhaus / Elbe on the historic farmstead Konau 11 is the first point of contact for tourists in the Elbe region. In an exhibition, the Archezentrum provides an insight into the diversity of rare breeds of domestic animals kept in the Amt Neuhaus archeregion.
- Lange Straße, 19230 Hagenow
Hagenow, experience friendliness!
Monastery and town information Rehna
- Kirchplatz, 19217 Rehna
The former Premonstratensian convent in Rehna is a place of peace and inspiration. Located in the middle of the Maurine-Ragedast region, the former monastery complex reflects the history of this region. Great concerts in the nuns' garden, contemporary art exhibitions in the cloister, treading water in the Kneipp pool and guided tours of the monastery garden are offered today in one of the largest monastery complexes in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
City information Boizenburg/Elbe
- Markt, 19258 Boizenburg/Elbe
They immediately catch the visitor's eye - the extraordinary tile paintings on numerous buildings in the charming historic old town.