Enjoy a one-week boating holiday itinerary in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District, exploring the tranquil Havel River and surrounding canals where you can’t help but be impressed by the rich natural and historical heritage. Visit lakeside villages, moor up and taste local specialities and get up close and personal with fantastic flora and fauna.
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.
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
Our dream to hire a canal boat and explore the Mecklenburg Lake District finally came true and it definitely didn’t disappoint. So many memories were made – from the tranquillity of life on the lakes and German hospitality at the many stop-offs, to the flexibility of cruising at our own relaxed pace.
Jean and Marissa, Saint-Cloud