Barge holidays and Europa boat holidays from Untergöhren
Read the diary of a week's Penichette boat holiday in Mecklenburg
Mecklenburg offers a rich variety of flora and fauna. Among
the top ecological areas in Germany, Mecklenburg is noted
for its air and water quality.
the area around our Untergöhren
base many villages and little medieval towns such as Waren
and Malchow are exciting to explore. Schwerin
and its famous palace is a highlight of any cruise.
The Muritz-Elde Wasserstrasse connects the River Elbe to
the Muritzsee and mostly follows the course of the River Elde.
This river, canalised since the end of the 16th century, has
retained its original rural course, making it unattractive
for commercial traffic but ideal for pleasure boating.
From Parchim, built between two arms of
the Elde, and outstanding for its ancient centre, fortifications
and half-timbered houses, cruise to Lubz and
on to the great lakes of Mecklenburg. Plau
dominates its lake. From the top of its 15th century tower
are impressive views over tiled roofs and medieval fortifications.
cross two smaller lakes which harbour many birds including
cormorants, storks and even osprey to reach Waren
and then Germany's largest lake, the Muritzsee.
South of the lake is Mirow with its wooden
boathouses and the charming town of Roblin.
of the lake there's Weserberg with its wooden
harbour buildings, as well as Neustrelitz.
Don't miss the rococo castle at Rheinsberg
before heading for our base at Fürstenberg.
South from Fürstenberg
is Himmelpfort and moorlands whch stretch
to Lychen. The Woblitz river twists its way
through forests before opening out into the Grosser Lychensee
- one of the major highlights in the area. Templin's
ancient houses and walls give it a very romantic feel.
these varied waterways and open lakes a little more care is
required than on canals. You can anchor far out in a lake
in some of the purest water in Europe and enjoy idyllic and
unspoilt surroundings. Pause too at one of the many fish smokehouses
to enjoy an unmissable local speciality.
Special Fishing Packs are available including dinghy,
cold box, fishing licence etc. The Mecklenburg area
is one of the finest fishing grounds in Europe, with the River
Havel known for eel, zander and perch, with 20 lakes for carp,
pike, burbot covered by the one permit.
Please note that much of this area of Eastern
Germany does not have an extensive tourist infrastructure.
Many maps and guides may only be available in German.
See also Area
Guide to Germany and cruises in Brandenburg