Brandenburg, the northeast German state that surrounds the capital city-state Berlin, does not have direct access to a sea, but does have something close: 3000 natural lakes, as well as many more man-made lakes. The region also boasts a good 33,000 kilometers of streams and canals, making it the best-equipped water region in all of Germany. Waters such as the southern Mecklenburger Seenplatte (Mecklenburg Lake District), the Niederhavel in Brandenburg (the town), the lake chain in Kyritz, the Havel in Potsdam, the Ruppin Waterway, the waters in Storkow, and the unending canals of the Spreewald interrupt the huge, at points pristine forests of the region. All of these places offer wonderful holiday fun at any time of the year. Among the largest lakes in Brandenburg, and those known for their swimming, wading and water sport possibilities of all kinds, are, in alphabetical order, the Baberowsee, Blankensee, Beetzsee, Breitlingsee, Dämeritzsee, Dammsee, Fahrlander See, Fährsee, Falkenhagener See, Flakensee, Glindowsee, Gräbendorfer See, Grimnitzsee, Grössinsee, Großer Müllroser See, Großer Plessower See, Großer Seddiner See, Großer Zernsee, Großer Wummsee, Grünewalder Lauch, Gudelacksee, Helenesee, Jungfernsee, Kalksee, Kietzer See, Klostersee, Liepnitzsee, Möserscher See, Neuendorfer See, Oberuckersee, Parsteiner See, Plauer See, Rheinsberger See, Rudower See, Ruppiner See, Scharmützelsee, Schermützelsee, Schwielochsee, Schwielowsee, Senftenberger See, Stolpsee, the Talsperre Spremberg, the Templiner See, Unteruckersee, Vielitzsee, Wolziger See and the Zeuthener See. (“See,” by the way, means “lake”.) Many of these, as well as many of the smaller lakes in Brandenburg, are also connected with navigable rivers, canals, and waterways meant for small vessels like canoes. Some interconnected waterways are the Schwartze Elster, Spree (which runs through Berlin), Dahme, Nuthe, Stepenitz, Löcknitz, Oder, Neiße, and Uecker rivers, the Elbe-Havel-Kanal, the Havelkanal, the Oder-Spree-Kanal, the Oranienburger Kanal, the Ruppiner Kanal, the Sacrow-Paretzer Kanal, the Teltowkanal, the Werbellinkanal, and the Obere (top) and Untere (bottom) Havel waterways. With all of these interconnected waters, you can explore many parts of the region. Barnim, Dahmeland, Fläming, Havelland, Rhinluch, Lausitz, Spreewald, Märkische Schweiz, Oderbruch, Prignitz, Ruppiner Land, Schorfheide, and Uckermark are best explored as a skipper on a chartered boat. They can also be thoroughly enjoyed by fishers, paddlers, surfers, canoers, and water wanderers, since in Brandenburg, you never have to be on dry land for long.
One of the many specialties of the water-oriented tourism in Brandenburg are the rather sparsely populated areas of the land. Over the last twenty years, large regions were specially designed as nature reserves of varying intensity, in which most water plays a central role and can also be used for the many activities visitors want to partake in. This is how the Unteres Odertal (Lower Oder Valley) National Park, opened in 1995 on the border with Poland, steadily gained guests, as did the three UNESCO Biosphere Reserved river landscapes of the Elbe-Brandenburg, Schorfheide-Chorin and Spreewald, which visitors love to discover through paddle tours. The majority of the 11 total nature parks in Brandenburg - Barnim, Dahme-Heideseen, Hoher Fläming, Märkische Schweiz, Niederlausitzer Heidelandschaft, Niederlausitzer Landrücken, Nuthe-Nieplitz, Schlaubetal, Uckermärkische Seen, Westhavelland and Stechlin-Ruppiner Land – don’t just carry the names of the regional waters, but are also highly influenced by them. The Groß Schauener Lake District in the Oder-Spree region is a popular area to fish; the Schermützelsee near Buckow in the Märkisch-Oderland is known throughout many areas for their excursion steamers, sailing sport, and their swimming and bathing beaches; and the Lausitzer lake area near Calau will in the next few years become the fourth largest lake region in Germany, due to the flooding of the mining areas that existed there. The German novelist and poet Theodor Fontane, who lived in the 19th century, came across the idyllic Siethener See near Nuthetal, and enjoyed the district’s approximately 230 lakes, brooks, heaths, and springs. This area around Templin also offers more than 100 kilometers of waterways and canoe routes, and the Stechlin-Ruppiner Seenland (lake land) inspires its visitors with wandering water tours from Rheinsberg. YACHTICO.com has created two route suggestions for our clients. The first is a route suggestion for Havelland area, southwest of Berlin. You can connect your cruise through the area with a trip to the capital city by following this itinerary for Berlin and Brandenburg.
With so much water in the region, it’s no wonder that the fishing opportunities in Brandenburg are so abundant and successful. Predatory fish and other freshwater fish such as eel, carp, ruffe, rudd, roach, perch, and bulhead fish all call the waters of Brandenburg home and enjoy them as much as the bathers in the area do, at least until the fish bite one of the many fishers’ bait. There are some fish, such as carp and pike, which eat only non-fish – this includes snails, worms, plankton, and so on. Fishing for these types is allowed in most of the state with proof that you’ve paid the fishing authority in Brandenburg. You need a valid form of ID or a passport in order to do this, and you will then also get a map for the appropriate waters in which to fish. Detailed information can be obtained from the regional and local fishing clubs, unions, shops, town halls, tourism associations, and tourism offices. With a membership to a fishing club that is part of the German Sport Fishers Association (Deutschen Angler Verbands – DAV), another 20,000 hectares of water in Berlin and Brandenburg are opened up for you to fish in. For those who want to check out the exact information for the regional regulations and requirements with regards to sport fishing in the area, you can have a look at the website for Lübbenau-Spreewald. The page informs about the requirements of fishing and has a link to rule of conduct, various waters in which to fish, and a brochure for coarse fishing in Brandenburg.
83 houseboats and motorboats can be rented today on the new and international platform for yacht charter, and already with a strong presence in Brandenburg: YACHTICO.com. On the site, you can review the many boats with detail and then book one with just a few clicks. The boats were mostly manufactured between 2005 and 2013, and weekly packages start at 390 euro for a smaller vessel, and up to about 3500 euro for a roomier houseboat. The majority of the boats available in Brandenburg are priced between 1000 and 2000 euro for a week’s rental.