Mecklenburg Lake District

Dragon boat
Dragon boat© Malchiner Kanu-Club e.V.

You don’t have to drive all the way to the sea for a vacation on the water! The Mecklenburg Lake District, with its protected areas, covers nearly 700 square kilometres. Discover the beauty of this district on a canoe trip.

About the Region

The Mecklenburg Lake District extends over large parts of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is home to a great diversity of plant and wildlife. Many of its rural areas are under environmental protection.

In particular, so-called , an area located in the central part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, stands out for its beautiful landscapes, lakes and traditional villages. At the northern edge of the Lake District, you find the town of Malchin, which is situated along the Peenekanal between Lake Kummerow and Lake Malchin.

Bicycle track at the Peenekanal
Bicycle track at the Peenekanal© DAAD/Corinna Schlun

Mecklenburg Switzerland – idyllic and tranquil

Tucked away in a picturesque natural setting, the town of Malchin has a historic town centre featuring old brick buildings from the Gothic era, such as the town hall and the Sankt Johanniskirche church. The old defence walls and the Fangenturm tower have also been preserved.

Fun for two: Canoeing

After having a look around town, you can start your canoe trip to Lake Kummerow. Rafts and canoes can be rented at very affordable prices from the town’s canoe association, the . To get to the association from the town centre, head to Fangenturm. From there, you’ll be able to see the canoe association, and the Peenekanal, just across the street. Canoes can be rented out by a minimum of two people. Of course, the more people that go, the merrier! The association staff will provide a brief introduction, explaining how to paddle and steer.

If you’ve never been in a canoe, you might be wobbling a bit at first! But you and your mate(s) will soon figure out how to synchronize your movements and glide right along. Wearing comfortable clothing is recommended, and bringing a change of clothes never hurts! Make sure to use plenty of sunscreen, because sunburns can happen very quickly with the sun reflecting off the water. Wear a cap or a head scarf for additional protection.

St. Johanniskirche in Malchin
St. Johanniskirche in Malchin© DAAD/Corinna Schlun

From the point of departure on the Peenekanal, beginner canoeists can reach Lake Kummerow within two hours. The route is easy to follow, with no junctions along the way.

While paddling, enjoy the scenery on the shores, where deer and wild boar can often be spotted. Once you’ve reached the lake, the town of Kummerow lies to the east, on your right. At this point, you’ll probably want to paddle to shore and take a well-deserved break. The lake has many tranquil spots and open grassy areas. You can take a swim, or if you miss boating already, you can even rent a paddle boat and head back out on the water.

There’s no need to pack a lunch. A snack bar right on the shore offers local freshwater fish, such as eel and pike, as well as fish from the ocean. The simple Fischbrötchen (fish sandwich) is an absolute must-try and costs just three euros.

Once you’re refreshed and revitalised, you can embark on your return journey to Malchin. Plan ahead to make sure you arrive in Malchin before the sun goes down. Ideally, you should discuss the return of your canoe with the canoe association before your departure. For an extra fee, they will also pick up your canoe at the lake shore.

Riding a bicycle from Malchin to Lake Kummerow

You can also consider going by bike. There are no bicycle rentals available, so you’ll have to bring your own. The route is only about ten kilometres long and takes about 40 minutes. Green signs show the way. For a long stretch of the route, you’ll be cycling along the Peenekanal. Later, you’ll be riding mostly through open grassy areas, interspersed with trees on both sides of the path.

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