Captain your Nicols canal boat on one of the most beautiful and largest set of waterways in Europe. Explore the Mecklenburg Lake District and its typical rural villages. Your boating holiday will take you and your crew to the stunning Lake Müritz, the town of Plau am See and finally to the capital of the Lake District, Waren.
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’.
Priepert: try water skiing on the Großer Priepertsee
At the crossroads between the Upper Havel Waterway (OHW), the Müritz-Havel Waterway (MHW) and the lakes Ellbogensee and Großer Priepertsee, you’ll find charming Priepert. It’s location, centrally within all these waterways, means there are opportunities for a wide range of activities including swimming, canoeing and water skiing.
Wesenberg: see sculptures amongst nature
A stopover at Wasserwanderrastplatz in Wesenberg will allow you to stroll through Skulpturenpark, a nature park that is home to a number of large scale sculptures hidden in the shade of the city's trees.
Neustrelitz: visit a former residence of the Dukes on the banks of the Zierker
Navigate your self-drive canal boat along the Kammer Canal until reaching Lake Zierker and the town of Neustrelitz, a former residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Dukes Baroque palace was destroyed by fire in 1945 but the gardens still exist and are worth a visit along with the 18th-century Orangerie and the Schloßkirche (Palace Church) built in 1855–1859 in English Neo-Gothic style.
Strasen: enjoying a key location on the crossroads of the Mecklenburg Lake District
Located in the heart of the "Mecklenburgische Seenplatte", Strasen is an ideal stop to explore the three neighbouring waterways: the Müritz-Havel Canal to Mirow and Waren, the upper Havel Canal to Neustrelitz and the Havel River to the south to Fürstenberg and Templin.
Rheinsberg: enjoy castle views from the deck of your canal barge
From your canal boat you will enjoy the most romantic view of the iconic Rococo-style Rheinsberg Castle on the banks of the Grienericksee. The turrets of this former residence of Frederick II of Prussia are reflected in the lake. Enjoy a stop in the cultural capital of northern Brandenburg to discover also its traditional ceramics factory, its annual pottery market and the many summer festivals organised in the castle and its park.
Mirow: an idyllic lakeside location
Located on the southern shore of Lake Mirow you will find the peaceful town of Mirow. Visitors will find traditional lakeside houses with thatched roofs as well as the picturesque Castle Mirow and Castle Island (also known as Love Island). The former residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg can also be visited.
Buchholz: welcoming you to the Müritz National Park
Leave the Müritz-Havel Canal and join Lake Müritz, navigating your canal boat to the village of Buchholz. Here you will see in abundance the typical style of the houses of this region and an idyllic landscape of fields and beech forests as far as the eye can see.
Röbel: MüritzTherme water park and spa, St Marie church, Nikolai church, old synagoge
Waren: St. George church, St. Marie church – Müritz, Weinberg castle, brewery, old town hall, Müritz national park
Port of Jabel (Maribell): Buffalo park
Malchow: Kath. church, Cloister church, Church of the city, DDR museum, Organ museum, Mill
Plau am See: St. Marie church, Castle tower, "Moorochse" observation tower
Lübz: City museum, observation tower, water tower, brick monuments, Claudia Ammann workshop of sculpture and stone, planetarium, Inter generation house
Schweriner: Schwerin castle, public theatre of Mecklenburg, old garden, cathedral and market place, historical city with thatched roof, thatched roof church, St Paul church, grinding mill, historical watermill, observatory and planetarium
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
Navigating from one lake to the next is a truly special experience. We loved the freedom to moor our canal boat wherever and whenever we wanted. Lake Müritz with its houses in the water and its large wild meadows gives a real flavour of this region of Germany.
Béatrice, Baudreix (64)