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This German land of lakes lies just south of the Baltic coast’s beaches and islands, and with it forms one of the Germans’ favorite playgrounds. The largest leisure complex in Northern Europe lies inside Muritz National Park, with hotels, beaches, miles of cycling and walking trails, health spas, marinas for sailing and other water sports, golf courses, indoor recreation centers and children’s playgrounds. Regular boat service around and among the lakes connects the resort complexes to nearby towns, so guests can enjoy car-free vacations there. Or travelers can explore the lakes region on their own houseboat, navigating through the ...

This German land of lakes lies just south of the Baltic coast’s beaches and islands, and with it forms one of the Germans’ favorite playgrounds. The largest leisure complex in Northern Europe lies inside Muritz National Park, with hotels, beaches, miles of cycling and walking trails, health spas, marinas for sailing and other water sports, golf courses, indoor recreation centers and children’s playgrounds. Regular boat service around and among the lakes connects the resort complexes to nearby towns, so guests can enjoy car-free vacations there. Or travelers can explore the lakes region on their own houseboat, navigating through the well-mapped series of lakes and waterways between Potsdam and Schwerin, where they can moor right under the castle in the heart of town. Between the lakes the rolling countryside is a patchwork of forests and fertile farmland, where wildflowers paint the roadsides and little villages dot the landscape. In addition to the variety of active sports and nature experiences this region offers, it also has hundreds of castles, palaces and manor houses, many of which have been restored as museums, riding centers, golf resorts, hotels and spas. Many are surrounded by splendid gardens and parks that are open to the public. Although English is not spoken here as widely as elsewhere in Germany, English-speakers will be welcome and have no trouble getting around.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The Mecklenburg Lake District is the largest coherent lakes and canals area in Germany and sometimes called "the land of the thousand lakes".
  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring through fall are the best seasons.