Darßer Star Tours (16-22km | 3 Stages)
Through the enchanted Darß forest, up to the lighthouse at Darßer Ort, over the newly-created dunes and through the ancient forest – this hiking tour takes three days from the idyllic Baltic resort of Prerow to the lighthouse at Darßer Ort, the fishing villages of Born and Wieck as well as the romantic village of Ahrenshoop.
1. Day tour (16 km): Prerow - Darßer Ort - Prerow
The trip starts in the idyllic Baltic resort of Prerow. Rustic Darß forest is just a short walk from here. The hiking path leads right the way through. The red brick of the lighthouse in secluded Darßer Ort signals its proximity to the Baltic Sea. Take the 134 steps and enjoy a bird's eye view across the tops of the trees at a height of 35 metres.
2. Day tour (17 km / 22 km): Prerow - Wieck - Born - Prerow
Through lush meadows past happily grazing cows and along a thick belt of reeds, the hiking path follows the gentle Bodden coast – the nursery of many water and wading birds. The Darßer arches in colourful Wieck grants a fascinating insight into the migratory habits of large birds and the emergence of land at Darßer Ort. A detour to the heavenly peninsula of Bliesenrade is highly recommended halfway along the path to the tranquil village of Born with its low thatched roofs. Hikers leaving Born find themselves immersed in the dense Darß forest. Especially in the autumn, the gentle rustling of the leaves is drowned out by the impressive bellowing of deer.
3. Day tour (17 km): Ahrenshoop - Prerow
This stage runs through romantic Ahrenshoop and past the steep coast. Inspired by the ramshackle fishermen's houses, the harsh nature and the gentle play of sunlight prompted many artists to settle here. The route leads right through the village to the coast. It rises 15 metres above the sea here. Thousands of sand martins have dug nests into its upper levels. And at the foot of the escarpment the Baltic Sea carries half a metre of sand away in some years to deposit it again a few kilometres north at Darßer Ort. The path leads close along the shoreline until the gates of the Darß forest open again. Then old beeches and proud oaks line the path.
Warning regarding hiking on eroding banks
Eroding banks are a special feature of the coast and subject to constant change. Washouts and landslides are a common occurrence. For your own safety only use the marked paths above the crumbling edges and look out for warning signs.