Wasserstrassenkreuz Magdeburg

This special sight of Magdeburg we don’t want to miss even it is hard to find because there are hardly any signs.

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Already in 1905 started the construction of the “Mittellandkanal”, also known as Rhein-Elbe-Kanal. Of 325km length it is the longest artificial waterway of Germany. Via another canal it connects to the river Rhein in the west. In the east the canal leads via another canal to Berlin.

The ship hoist (Schiffshebewerk) of Rothensee was completed in 1938. It connects the Mittellandkanal with the river Elbe which flows 16m below. The bridge was already under construction but the work stopped due to WW2. After the end of the war the DDR had no interest in a east-west-connection. Only after the reunification of Germany the project was completed with the bridge across the river Elbe. When a larger lock was built to handle bigger vessels the Ship Hoist Rothensee lost its importance. Since 2013 it is working again but mostly it is technical monument._DSC8927_new


From here we really head home now. One more stay over night in the valley of the river Werra and we are back home again.

I hope you enjoyed our trip and will join us again next time.


Time to go back to the south! Why not make a stop over in Magdeburg, the capital of Sachsen-Anhalt? There is a nice campsite on the shore of the river Elbe.




We don’t like this city too much. The cathedral is huge but inside rather bare.






The people of Magdeburg were lucky: they have a “Hundertwasserhaus”. The artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser had finished the plans and detail drawings for the house in Magdeburg before he died in 2000. Therefore, it was possible to build the project even without its creator – a dream of colors and shapes. But why the building got the name “Green Citadel”?


Perhaps it is due to the weather – we couldn’t find any more interesting in Magdeburg.

Around Lake Kummerow

For Sunday, we plan a bike trip around lake Kummerow.



The lake is about eleven kilometers long and four kilometers wide.



The “Aalbude” is located at the northern end of the lake. Here the river Peene leaves the lake on its way to the Baltic Sea. We take the tiny ferry to the other side and have our first rest.



The shore of the lake is marshy and almost not accessible.



As we know by now we are here in the “Mecklenburgischen Schweiz” – the track goes up and down!



Near Neukalen the river Peene enters the lake.


When we reach the eastern shore luckily the wind comes from the back, this makes it a bit more easy for us. After 50 kilometers, we are tired when we reach home.



Storm Front Zeljko

The weather forecast announces a storm front with the unusual name “Zeljko”. The sun is shining in the morning. The storm must have gone through during the night. The apple tree is broken – perhaps there was too much fruit on and the tree wasn’t too healthy anymore.



The saw is needed.


The ponies enjoy the unexpected delicacy



“Kleines Meer”

“Kleines Meer” (small Ocean) is a suitable nickname for the largest lake of the Lake District of Mecklenburg. The name comes from the Slavish word “morcze” which means “small ocean”. After Lake Constance is it the second largest lake in Germany.



Waren is the touristic center of the region and is located at the north shore of the lake.





From here we take a an excursion boat to Röbel and back.


The boat houses of Röbel are for rent. Below the thatched roof is the apartment and down below is space for a boat.


We also pass “Schloss Klink” which is unmistakable built after the castles of the Loire.


The weather is nice – it is very busy on the lake.






And even the sail boats have enough wind!


Hansestadt Demmin

The Hanseatic city Demmin is about 13km from here. Visible from far is the almost 100m high impressive steeple of the protestant church which is totally layed with bricks.




The catholic church is much smaller but also impressive because of the brick built ornaments.


Demmin was a member of the Hanseatic League. Today the city is proud of the name Hanseatic City.


The “Luisentor” is the only preserved city gate of Demmin.



The Hanseatic Quarter is small open air museum showing old handicraft technics and live styles.




Hiddensee – the Island of Sunshine

After the heat of the last days it is quite pleasantly fresh in the morning. We want to visit the island of Hiddensee also called “Pearl of the Baltic Sea” or “Capri of Pommerania”.




The ferry boat starts in Schaprode at the island of Rügen.




Hanna is excited to be back on Hiddensee, as a child she has been here many many times and she wants to show us “her” island. On the ferry boat they used to eat “Bockwurst” – it is still available. But the four of us share one – it is not our favorite dish at 9 o’clock in the morning!

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Hiddensee is a car-free island, only the physician, the police man, the firemen and driver of the schoolbus are allowed to drive. All the others have to walk or to bike or ride with a carriage drawn by horses.


We decide to rent bikes. Hanna wants a normal one, we others go for e-bikes.


The Dornbusch has the highest elevation of the island. On top is the lighthouse. That’s were we want to go. 72m of altitude doesn’t sound very much but the track is quite steep.


Two of the e-bikes are perfect but the third one gives up its function. And when the guy from the rental shop says it is because we should walk up the hill Jochen was quite upset. Why have an e-bike and push it up?


The last few hundred meters we have to walk anyway. To the top of the lighthouse lead 102 steps but there is no need to count.


The navigational light of Dornbusch is working since 1888.






Unfortunately on the waydown it starts to drizzle and pretty soon it is pouring! Why didn’t we rent carriage instead of the bikes?


We hardly can enjoy the beautiful thatched roofs of the houses. Many have rune-like marks on their houses. These house marks went over from father to son but also stayed with the house. They served to mark the possessions of the owner of the house like house, tools, livestock and so on.





The famous German author Gerhart Hauptmann loved the island very much. He even owned a summer house here. It was his last wish to be buried here. We have a quick look at the graveyard, for more it is just too wet!


We are soaked wet when enter a restaurant for lunch. We all enjoy a tasty fish dish. The restaurant is called “Seahorse” , the shape of the island looks like a sea horse.


After lunch we are almost dry but there is no question – we have to go out again!


We return the bikes and wait in a nearby restaurant for the ferry boat. We have a gluhwine with rum to warm up again and this in mid July!



Su much to the island of sunshine!


But it looks like a very nice place and we will come back when the weather is nice!



Correction: Vorpommern (The Switzerland of Mecklenburg)

We have to drive 340km then we are in Vorpommern in the “Mecklenburgische Schweiz”. No one knows why this country side is called “Switzerland” – there are no mountains at all.

update: We are here in Vorpommern. Perhaps that explains the lack of mountains!


Here is the home of our kids Jochen and Hanna.




The ponies have grown since our last visit.


The restaurant “Aalbude” is directly where the river Peene leaves Lake Kummerow. A small ferry boat only for hiker and biker brings the guests across to a wonderful place to sit and eat – a perfect attunement for our visit.




Biking to Lübbenau

On no account the “Spreewald” consists of forest only, the 13km long bike track to Lübbenau leads through wide open fields along the river.





Lübbenau is much more touristic than Lübben. The barges are mostly occupied. But we wonder why so many little shops have closed today on a sunday in holiday season!


But the unavoidable cucumber pickles are available everywhere!



There are many myths and sagas in this mystic country.

The “Schlangenkönig” (king of snakes) protects the people, that’s why many houses have the symbol of two snakes on their house beaks.

The “Mittagsfrau” (woman of the midday) takes care of the farmers.

If the Wassermann” (aquarius) is displeased there will be a flood, if he is happy he helps the fishermen.

Fen fires lead lost hikers the way.

There are many more. The Fountain of Sagas” in Lübbenau honors all of them.




We liked the Spreewald very much. But tomorrow we will head further north.


Tour through the Spreewald


The Natur Reservat Spreewald is unique in middle Europe. The landscape is created by a net of natural and artificial water channels of the river Spree.





Silently glides the barge through the hardly floating “Fliesse”, That’s the name of the channels. The ferryman punts and steers the barge with the “Rudel” , the 4m long punt pole. The motor is not allowed to be used – only in exceptional cases.



In this area snakes are considered as good animals. Even today you can see many houses with snake heads on tip of the beak.



This little house is made of an old barrel for pickled cucumbers. Pickles are omnipresent, they are sold everywhere and they are on every menu. Even if you don’t order them you will get them as decoration on your plate.


We have a little break with our barge at food stall, where you can buy ice cream, beverages and snacks. We decide to try cucumbers. Don’t ask me if I want some again!



We have to pass a few small manuell operated locks. As a fee you put some coins at the wall of the lock.