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Uckermark

Uckermark© Karina Braunschweig / Travanto

Explore the Uckermark region

The district Uckermark is mainly located in the German county of Brandenburg, a small part belongs to the county of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania. The region is famous for its unique landscape with countless lakes and a varied flora and fauna. It is the perfect destination for everyone who is looking for some peaceful days in the nature combined with cultural experiences. Large parts of the three nature reserves Unteres Odertal National Park, Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve and Uckermark Lakes can be discovered by foot, by bike or by boat. After these activities you can refresh yourself in one of the numerous lakes. The Uckermark is marked by the Ice Age and holds many chains of lakes. The most famous ones are those of the Ober- and Unteruckersee lakes.

The northern district of Brandenburg is the least populated region in Germany, however, the villages impress with their typical rural charm. A trip to the villages is definitely worth as they offer a great change from Germany’s big cities. In most of the villages you do not find more than a small church in the center and streets made of paving stones. There are also some bigger towns that offer rural character and many culture- and leisure activities.

Uckermark© Karina Braunschweig / Travanto

Places of interest in the Uckermark region

Stolpe Castle
Close to the town of Angermünde you find the Stolpe Castle. Due to its outside diameter of 18 meters it is the strongest tower in Germany. In former times it was used as a fort with a residential area. Local people also call the Stople Castle “Grützpott”. This expression is based on an old legend about a knight robber that mugged salesmen in the country. A very smart salesman could overwhelm the robber one day and the people took this opportunity to attack the castle. The other knight robbers at the castle tried to fend the farmers by putting hot porridge over them, but this could not stop them. From this day on, farmers and salesmen could live in peace.

National Park House and Criewen Castle
Center and starting point of the Unteres Odertal National Park is the village Criewen where you find the tourist information center. The Criewen Castle had changed many times during the last years. It was originally constructed as a neoclassic manor, later is had been transformed to a castle by the royal family Armin. When the family had not lived there anymore, the castle was used as a boarding school. Today it houses the German-Polish natural-education and meeting center, the National Park foundation and the library of the Brandenburg Academy. No not miss to take a look at the English garden when visiting the castle.

Animalpark Angermünde
Especially children will love a trip to the Animal Park in Angermünde which is 76 hectare big and houses 250 animals of 45 different species from all over the world. One of the highlights are the six different camel-species and the catta lemur monkeys. Many quiet places invite to a relaxing rest in the park.

Boitzenburg Castle
The castle Boitzenburg is biggest castle in the region has been the residence of the royal family Arnim for many years. It was usually built in Renaissance style, in the following years it has been reconstructed and changed its appearance. Today it almost looks like the original one, as it got its neo-Renaissance style back. Today the former residence is a castle and a hotel. At the weekends, visitors can join a guided tour of the inner part of the castle, but there are also many outdoor activities, like a canoe-tour on the nearby lake or a walk in the castle gardens.

Blumberg Mill (Blumberger Mühle)
A tree on the outside, an information center inside. The Blumberg Mill is not only worth a visit due to its special appearance, it is also home of the NABU-information center. The architects had the idea to adapt natural elements to the building. The result was a huge stump in the biosphere-reserve Schorfheide-Chorin. In the inner part the concept becomes obvious as well, due to carefully selected materials. The nature-information and experience center delivers visitors an insight into the topics earth and water. Interactive elements give you a comprehensive idea of ecological connections. Walk over moor-ground, take a bicycle tour to the most beautiful places in the Uckermark or see the world through the eyes of an eagle.

Landscapes
The biosphere-reserve Schorfheide-Chorin was established in 1990, connected to the National Park Program of the DDR. Highlight of the nature park are the moor Plagefenn and the beech tree forests in the Grumsiner Forst which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Part of the National Park Unteres Odertal is a protected river-landscape which is one of the last intact river estuaries in Central Europe. It is surrounded by numerous hills, mixed forest and dry grassland. The only wetland-national park in Germany is home of over 161 bird species.

The last one of the three natural landscapes of the Uckermark region is the nature park Uckermark Lakes. More than 230 lakes, streams, moors and small waters can be discovered here. Inhabitants of the park are the rare European moor-turtles, noble crayfish and the endangered otter. Due to the mass of water in the park, you can also go on a discovery tour by canoe.