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This is part 2 of the new series here on the German Blog, the German Nationalparks, a series on the 16 National Parks of Germany. Last week, I discussed the southernmost park Berchtesgaden, and the mysterious Schwarzwald before. Today, we will go into the north: to Lake Müritz in the Bundesland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern!
Also called Das Land der Tausend Seen (The land of the thousand lakes), the Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, with at its heart Lake Müritz is mostly special for its endless amount of lakes. The Nationalpark borders right at Lake Müritz. Just the Nationalpark itself contains more than 100 lakes!
It is also well-known for its moors and forests. The area around Lake Müritz was already used a lot in the DDR days for agriculture and hunting. Trees were planted for business purposes, and so nature’s natural way of growing trees and wilderness was interrupted. Nowadays, a “renaturalization” should lead to more natural nature again. Quite in contrast with this is another part of the park…
A part of the Nationalpark Müritz is protected under UNESCO Weltnaturerbe: the Serrahner Urbuchenwald (Serrahn Primeval Beech Forest). Buchen (Beeches) were once the primary vegetation in Germany, and these centuries-old trees give an impression of what the entire country looked like long ago.
You can visit this Urwald by foot, bike or by taking a bus. This must be wonderful to explore!
Have you been to the German Seenplatte? Do you know a place similar to it that you have visited? Let me know in the comments below!