Live in harmony with nature during a canal boating holiday on the lakes, rivers and canals of Mecklenburg. Enjoy the sunsets on the lakes, watch hawks, ospreys and black storks fly by and sail alongside traditional rafts made in this region of Mecklenburg amongst wild and unspoilt nature.
Located in the heart of the Ruppiner area and at the crossroads between Mecklenburg and its numerous lakes and Brandenburg in the direction of Berlin, our Nicols base in Fürstenberg is ideally located for exploring the wilderness of this region by canal boat.
Fürstenberg: impressive lakes, a castle and a history of porcelain manufacture
The historic city of Fürstenberg is a great place for a boating holiday base – not only is it crossed by the Havel River but it is also surrounded by the lakes of Röblinsee and Schwedtsee. There are lots of places of interest in Fürstenberg so we recommend spending some time here before setting sail (or at the end of your boating holiday). A visit to the castle introduces the city’s porcelain manufacturing history via the ‘Porzellan Museum’.
Himmelpfort: a stopover in Santa's country
This tiny village of just 500 inhabitants is well known throughout Germany as being the place of residence for Santa Claus! You and your canal boat crew should look out for the small post office which is said to receive nearly 300,000 letters from children around the world every year. Another site to visit is the ruins of an old abbey which is set on a promontory between the four lakes of Stolpsee, Sidowsee, Haussee and Moderfitzsee. Foodies should also try the local speciality of smoked fish.
Lychen: the city of timber rafts
No less than seven lakes surround the village of Lychen meaning it is an excellent place to moor up and enjoy both life around the waterways and the surrounding nature. Take part in swimming, canoeing, fishing and hiking. A must-see is the museum that’s all about the traditional timber rafts that are famous in this region. Trace the history of their use in transporting wood from the local forests to Berlin. The tradition is still alive today – perhaps you will come across one during your boating holiday (on a more comfortable boat!) as you navigate the waters of the Havel River and the Woblitz River.
Zehdenick: a waterside town with a floating museum and swinging bridge
The small town of Zehdenick is a great stop-off point for a boating holiday along the Havel River. In fact you will see its main attractions from the comfort of your spacious canal boat – an intriguing swinging bridge and the lock. There is also a museum that covers everything about the waterways – you’ll find it on a 42 metre long barge that is moored up at the edge of the river!
Your boating holiday is coming to an end. It is time to begin the return leg back to the Nicols base at Fürstenberg.
Holiday reviews from Fürstenberg
A successful first boating holiday For our canal boating holiday experience, we were not disappointed. Thanks to the advice of the Nicols base team, the handling was easy and after a few hours of navigation on the Havel River we already felt like real captains! We completely fell in love with the walled city of Templin.
Barthélémy and Aline, La Rochelle (17)