The Nature Park Trail in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern runs 907 kilometers across the inland from the Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee to the Island of Usedom. It connects countless sparkling lakes, rolling hills, shady forests with beach and sea. All seven of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's nature parks can be discovered along the way. But also romantic manor houses and picturesque villages, sea and ospreys, cranes and storks above the hikers as well as otters and beavers among water lilies, irises and orchids in the water guarantee unique nature experiences. The southern route is designated as European long-distance hiking trail E9a as far as Altwarp.
Nature Park Trail in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern E9a (907 kilometers)
- Marking: blue horizontal stripe on white background
- Tour tips: Information centers of the National Natural Landscapes, Schwerin Castle, Müritzeum, Luzin ferry, Ukranenland Torgelow, tree top walk Heringsdorf.
- Note: The signposting of the Nature Park Trail in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will be completed in the course of 2022. Until then, it is best to use the Outdooractive app for navigation.
Rail connections: Schwerin, Waren, Neustrelitz, Torgelow, seaside resorts of the Island of Usedom, Wolgast, Anklam
The nature park trail in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern starts in the Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee, a green mosaic of quiet forests, clear lakes, moors, fields and pastures. The glaciers of the last ice age formed the Schaalsee. The State capital Schwerin and its imposing castle crown the first part of the trail through the glacial hill country. From Germany's smallest state capital, the trail leads directly into the tranquility of the Sternberger Seenlandschaft Nature Park. This is characterized by the deeply cut through valley of the Warnow, numerous crystal clear lakes and historical highlights such as the archaeological open-air museum Groß Raden with its faithful replicas of dwellings and craft workshops of the Northwest Slavic tribes a thousand years ago. Beyond the Nossentiner/Schwinzer Heath Nature Park with its old pine forests, the historic Dobbertin Monastery, stately manor houses and starry nights, the trail splits into the north and south routes.
Southern route of the Nature Park Trail E9a - From lake to lake to the sea
The southern route runs 750 kilometers across the inland from the Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee to the Island of Usedom and is designated as the European Long Distance Trail E9a as far as Altwarp. The center of the southern route of the nature park trail is the Müritz - Germany's largest inland lake. On the eastern shore of the "Little Sea", as the Müritz is also called, the Müritz National Park and the tranquility of Mecklenburg's Kleinseenplatte begin.
Every year in autumn thousands of cranes gather in the Müritz region to gather strength once again before the onward flight to their winter quarters. Loud trumpeting then fills the air and in the evening the "birds of happiness" migrate in large and small groups to their roosts. Crystal-clear lakes up to 60 meters deep, beech forests whose treetops have been reaching for the sky for more than three centuries, small villages with ancient fieldstone churches and wonderfully cozy coffee shops characterize the Feldberg lake landscape. Here, a ride on the Luzin ferry - one of the last hand-operated cable ferries in Europe - across the shimmering turquoise-green narrow Luzin is well worth the effort.
An impressive finale to the southern route is the sweeping view over the Szczecin Lagoon and the arrival on the sunny island of Usedom. In Heringsdorf, hikers can get eye-level with mighty treetops of primeval beech and pine trees on the treetop trail. The 33-meter-high observation tower offers an impressive panorama in all directions and shows the island in all its diversity - the wide fine-sand Baltic Sea beach, the imperial spas with their piers and the tranquil backwater with dreamy villages and blooming salt marshes.
You can find more information, sights, accommodations and routing features for the southern route onOutdooractive.
Northern route - quiet lakes and ice-age hill ranges
The northern route leads through the hilly landscape in the heart of Mecklenburg. It looks like a low mountain range and is therefore called "Mecklenburg Switzerland". It is considered a typical cultural landscape with rich natural features and many manor houses, castles and gardens. Already at the beginning of the northern route, the 96-meter high Röthelberg offers one of the most beautiful views of Mecklenburg Switzerland and Lake Kummerow Nature Park. Here, a landscape of flowing lines spreads out, interspersed with field copses, hedges, avenues and small villages. In between stand solitary oak trees, some as old as 600 years.
In autumn and spring, thousands of geese and hundreds of cranes rest in the fields. Impressive views of Lake Malchin and Lake Kummerow accompany the hiker on the way over the curved chains of hills.
The final stretch then leads north or south of the Peene Valley through the extraordinary river landscape to Demmin. The northern route will be completed piece by piece in the next few years in the Peene Valley River Landscape Nature Park and will then lead to the Island of Usedom in the future.
More information, sights, accommodations and routing features for the northern route can be found on Outdooractive.
+++ The signposting of the nature park trail in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will be completed in the course of 2022. Until then, it is best to use the Outdooractive app for navigation. +++
We recommend the following maps for this tour:
- Hiking on the Nature Park Trail MV - Feldberger Seenlandschaft and Müritz National Park (pdf, 1.8 MB)
- Hiking on the Nature Park Trail MV - Mecklenburg Switzerland and Lake Kummerow (pdf, 1,58 MB)
- Hiking on the Nature Park Trail MV - Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee (pdf, 1,25 MB)
- Hiking on the Nature Park Trail MV - Peene Valley and Usdom Island (pdf, 1,53 MB)
- Hiking on the nature park trail - Sternberger Seenland (pdf, 0,8 MB)
- Hiking on the Nature Park Trail MV - At the Szczecin Lagoon (pdf, 0.9 MB)
- Hiking on the Nature Park Trail MV - Nossentiner/Schwinzer Heide (pdf, 0.86 MB)
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Tree top walk Usedom
- Open today
- Am Bahnhof, 17424 Heringsdorf
At treetop level, the Usedom treetop path winds its way through the Heringsdorf forest over a total length of 1,350 meters (incl. ramp in the tower). At up to 23 meters, guests walk through the island's typical beech and pine forest - past numerous information and adventure stations.
Visitor centre “Flatterhus Kratzeburg“
- Dorfstraße, 17237 Kratzeburg
The visitor information centre called “Kratzeburger Flatterhus“ houses an exhibition about the mysterious hunters of the night: the bats.
- Freely accessible at any time
- Am Badestrand, 19246 Zarrentin
With its 72 meters, the Schaalsee is the deepest lake in northern Germany. Many small shores around the lake invite you into the crystal clear water. The well-equipped bathing area in Zarrentin offers a slide, play facilities, a snack bar and a nostalgic bathing hut.
Schwerin Zoological Garden
- Waldschulweg, 19061 Schwerin
A green oasis lies in the centre of Schwerin, which is characterised by a 3 ha large bird meadow as well as semi-natural animal enclosures, which are a second home to the 650 animals from 120 species. Schwerin zoo is one of the most beautiful in Germany.
Visitor information centre of the National Park “Serrahn“
- Serrah Waldstraße, 17237 Serrahn
In the little village named Serrahn, which is located in the depths of the woods, visitors have the opportunity to have a look at the exhibition “Buchenurwälder der Karpaten und Alte Buchenwälder Deutschlands“ concerning the UNESCO world natural heritage.
National park visitor centre in Neustrelitz
- Open today
- Strelitzer Straße, 17235 Neustrelitz
Accommodation bureau, event service, sale of touristic relevant articles such as bike and hiking maps, picture postcards, illustrated books, guided city tours (including climbing the tower of the city’s cathedral), awarding touristic fishing licences
Visitor centre of the Nature Park “Insel Usedom“
- Open today
- Bäderstraße, 17406 Usedom
The island of Usedom is one of the areas with the most bird species in Germany. Overall, more than 280 species have been observed, 150 of them also brood here. 11 kinds of raptors regularly brood in the nature park, one of them is the sea-eagle. The visitor centre of the island of Usedom is located next to the information centre of the city of Usedom on the ground floor of the “Klaus-Bahlsen-Haus”. The visitor centre could only be built and furnished with the aid of the great commitment and the generous support of the correspondent foundation.
- Am Dorfteich, 19406 Kobrow II
With more than 200 coaches, wagons and sledges, the collection in Kobrow is one of the richest and most important in Germany. The elegant victorias, coupes, wagonettes, landaus, phaetons and hunting carriages show the great variety of designs. There is also a museum café.
Visitor information centre of the Nature Park “Sternberger Seenland“
- Am Markt, 19417 Warin
The visitor information centre in Warin is the ideal starting point in order to inform oneself about the different destinations and experiences the nature park offers. One can learn something about the landscape’s formation and the way the human’s occupation influenced its development. The unique flora and fauna of the nature park greatly fascinate the visitors. Borrow a backpack at the visitor centre and discover the nature park in your own way.
Schwerin Castle Museum
- Open today
- Lennéstraße, 19053 Schwerin
A variety of towers are reaching into the sky, on top of them golden domes and sparkling pinnacles. The museum shows the splendor of ducal times with beautiful rooms, weapons, fine china and silver. It is open to visitors.
Museum of local history Sternberg
- Temporarily closed
- Mühlenstraße, 19406 Sternberg
Museum of local history Sternberg
“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“
- Closed 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.
Mecklenburg State Theater
- Open today
- Alter Garten, 19055 Schwerin
The Mecklenburg State Theater in the beautiful state capital Schwerin has a lot to offer: a talented acting ensemble, a versatile musical theater, the third oldest orchestra in Germany, an international ballet ensemble, the Young State Theater Parchim and the traditional Fritz Reuter Stage - up Platt, as well as the highlight of the season every summer, the Schwerin Castle Festival with a diverse program.
MÜRITZEUM - The NatureExperienceCenter in Waren (Müritz)
- Open today
- Zur Steinmole, 17192 Waren (Müritz)
The Müritzeum shows the beauty and special features of the Mecklenburg Lake District and the Müritz National Park in an interactive exhibition. In Germany's largest aquarium landscape for native freshwater fish, you dive under the water surface of the 1000 lakes.
Tourism Association Mecklenburg Lake District e.V.
- Turnplatz 2, 17207 Röbel/Müritz
Mediation of accommodations, houseboats and motor yachts, especially via the online booking portal, but also by phone and on site. Vacation information about the entire Mecklenburg Lake District including accommodation directories. Arrangements on various topics.
Tourism Association Mecklenburg-Schwerin e.V.
- Puschkinstraße, 19055 Schwerin
Between the largest metropolises of Northern Germany, Berlin and Hamburg, the vacation region Mecklenburg - Schwerin stretches. Just get out of everyday life and discover this beauty by water or by land.
Naturparkweg in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern E9a (907 Kilometer)
19246 Zarrentin am Schaalsee