Families can experience this at the Mecklenburg Lake District.
Clean water, sandy beaches, wild romantic bathing bays with reeds and deep forests around: The Mecklenburg Lake District in the south of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a water sports region of unlimited possibilities. Like freckles, 1117 natural bodies of water are spread across the region: from the huge Müritz, the largest inland lake in the republic, to the small, bright green Schulzensee near Peetsch, there is plenty of choice, space and opportunities to spend carefree days with the family.
Let's start with the youngest: Many lakes have shallow entrances into the water (which also warms up quickly due to the lack of current) - that's perfect for little bathers. Here they play in the water, become sandcastle builders and can let off steam outdoors from early morning until late at night - while their parents relax. One particularly lucky spot, for example, is the bathing area in Rechlin in the district of Boeker Mühle on the southern shore of the Müritz - one of 200 official natural bathing locations - with outstanding water quality, an adventure playground, artificial islands, a shallow water zone and a kiosk with drinks and snacks.
Tip: Throughout the region, children can learn to swim right out in the lake in vacation courses. And anglers will also be happy: great pike are plentiful - as are eels, zander, perch and carp. It's not for nothing that the fish-rich terrain, with visibility depths of up to eight meters, is popular with both divers and anglers. Amateur anglers popular. And small junior anglers are taught the basics of the art in special children's fishing courses.
Fancy an outdoor adventure? Then head to one of the many rental stations for canoes, SUPs, pedal boats and motorboats. You can rent them by the hour or for several days. For example, you can paddle on a four-day Havelquell tour through one of the most scenic stretches of the Havel. Mecklenburg Lake District. You start directly in the national park near Kratzeburg and glide by canoe via Blankenförde to Wesenberg, past water lily paradises and through primeval forest-like, narrow channels - flanked by trees that wildly stretch out their branches. This is often magical and meditative, and in places almost looks like the outer branches of the Amazon.
Who wants more speed, whizzes by water ski and wakeboard on designated sections across the water, as on the Lake Plaue, Fleesenseethe Müritz or the Mirower See. Or let yourself be pulled by the cable car on the Reitbahnsee in Neubrandenburg. Great fun guaranteed! A bit more comfortable is the ride with a hydrobike, a floating bike, also available for rent as a tandem version including a child seat. In short: The Mecklenburg Lake District is not only the "land of 1000 lakes", but also of 1000 (family) activities.
Tip: Many beaches and sights around the largest inland lake of the republic, the Müritz, can be reached comfortably thanks to the bus offer of "MÜRITZ all around" - the public transport free of charge for guest card holders.
Cover photo: Families have numerous recreational opportunities on and in the water at the more than 1000 bodies of water in the Mecklenburg Lake District © TMV/Kirchgessner
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