When the Slavs settled around the Müritzsee in the 7th century, they named the 112 square kilometer lake, the largest in the Mecklenburg Lake District and in Germany, the “small lake” (morcze). During the early years and the Middle Ages, the lake was used primarily for fishing and transport, but because of its proximity to Berlin, Hamburg and Rostock, the 30 meter deep lake and the towns of Waren, Rechlin, Priborn, Vipperow, Ludorf, Röbel, Gotthun, Sietow and Klink became continually more popular areas for vacation and recreation for bathers and water sportsmen.
Of course the Müritz continues to be used heavily for both commercial fishing as well as for recreational fishing. One such regional enterprise is the Fischerei Müritz-Plau GmbH, “Die Müritzfischer©”, which also runs the museum on the banks in Canow and the small family fishing pond at the Bolter Schleuse. There, as well as in Vipperow, Röbel, Malchow, and Damerow, you can rent a former fisher hut as a vacation home. These are especially popular from the end of September to mid October, when the Müritz-Fischtage (“fishing days”) festival takes place. Guided fishing tours are offered between the middle of March to December on the MS Wolldüp, departing from Fischerhof Eldenburg in the town of Waren. The most abundant fish in the lake are pike, bass, pike-perch, carp, catfish, bream, common rudd, sturgeon, and tench. The best known fishing spots at or on the Müritz are Rosenberg, Rodenberg, Schwerin, Luhdorfer Kuhle, the Wollberge/Wolldüp, Quitschow Kuhle, Sietower Loch, Kuhle vor der Röbler, Röbler Ostufer, Sembziner Gruff and the “fat tree” (“dicke Baum”). Those who don’t have their own fishing license can acquire a time-limited tourist fishing license at the Fischerei Müritz-Plau GmbH for their vacation on the Müritz.
Paddling across the Müritz with a kayak is a beloved regional leisure time activity. You should, however check the current forecast before venturing out: if there are strong winds, the water on the small lake can get rocky. The lovely waters in Müritz National Park are well suited for wandering water tours. They include the Feisnecksee, Rederangsee, Woterfitzsee and Specker See. A popular canoe tour, for example, goes from the Jäthensee by Babke via the Zotzensee and Pagelsee to the Käbelicksee by Granzin and Kratzeburg. The Useriner See, Woblitzee, the large Labussee and the Zierker See near Neustrelitz are also lakes on which visitors like to paddle. Further south, the interconnected Leppinsee by Zietlitz, the Granzower See, Mirower See, Zotzensee, Vilzsee near Fleeth, Rätzsee by Wustrow, Woblitzsee near Wesenberg, and the above-mentioned lakes are all great for a several-day canoe or kayak tour. Rest stops and camping places, as well as dining and grocery shopping opportunities, are available on all of these lakes. At the Zwenzow lock, these things are only available three times per day, but the lock is free for canoes. Rental stations for canoes and kayaks on the Müritzsee and in its environs are “Kanubasis” and the boat rental shop “Müritz-Kanu” in Mirow and Boeker Mühle, the canoe rental shop “Kormoran” in Kratzeburg-Granin, the “Kanustation” in Granzow, the Best Western Plus Marina Wolsbruch, the canoe rental place “Paddel-Paul” in Roffentin-Schillersdorf, the boat rental spot “Tokon Charter” in Sietow, and the “Kanuzentrum Havelberge” in Userin-Groß Quassow.
Especially in the summer, the clear and clean waters of the Müritz invite bathing guests from all over to its shores. There are a wide variety of beaches and designated bathing areas available for vacationers to enjoy, and families will appreciate the swimming beach and the adventure playground on the Bolter Canal in Boeker Mühle, the public beach in Waren with its waterslide and volleyball courts, the sand beach at Müritz-Rad-Rundweg by the Müritz-Hotel in Klink, Müritzbad in Röbel equipped with a playground, snack bar, lifeguard and toilets, and the Mili-Badestrand (bathing beach) in Rechlin-Nord with its large sunbathing lawn. Nude beaches can be found at the Carwitzer See, on the Rätzsee a little past Drosedow, at the western Useriner See at the nudist camping place, and at Kölpinsee in Klink. Dog beaches are located on the Bolter Canal between the natural harbor and the camping place, at the dog area on Kameruner Weg in Waren as well as in the bathing area of the Müritz Hotel in Klink. Further recommended bathing sites are at the Ecktannen camping site, on the Feisnecksee and Kölpinsee, at the großen Fürstenseer See, and on the Schweingartensee in Carpin.
The sprawling Müritzsee is of course also the most popular sailing and surfing area in the region. There are countless marinas and moorings on the lake itself as well as on the neighboring waters, even for day guests. Some mooring locations are Marina Müritz in Rechlin, the sailing school Westerkamp and the city harbor in Röbel, at the pier in the harbor in Ludorf, by the Müritz-Marina Höcker in Sietow, at the “Stille Bucht von Kamerun” (“Silent Bay of Cameroon”) sailing association, and on the city harbor in Waren. More possibilities exist at the marina in Plau am See, at the Heidenfriedhof camping site in Jabel, at the boat landings at Müritz-Camp GmbH in Gotthun, by the Tokon-Sports canoe shop in Zielow, at the two camping sites in Zislow, and in more in Malchow, Silz, Boeker Mühle, Bad Stuer, and Suckow. The most popular places for surfing on the Müritz are at Boeker Mühle, Gotthun and Gotthun-Nitschow, Sietow, Klink, the Pappelbucht (“poplar bay”) in Röbel, in Waren, as well as in Quetzin on the Plauer See. At the C16 campsite in Boek, “Surf-Hecht” is a great place for surfers and canoe paddlers; there are also surfing and sailing schools such as “Fun-Müritz”, the Eastside Surf School in Ecktannen, the “Sail POINT” water sport center in Waren, Water sport Fleesensee in Göhren-Lebbin, and the “Katamaran- und Surfmühle” in Boeker Mühle. Good addresses with experienced diving providers at Müritz are Tauchsport-Service (diving sport service) Mader and the diving club in Waren, the Octopus Wassersport (water sport) GmbH in Neubrandenburg, Abenteuer & Wassersport (Adventure and Water Sports) and the "Nitrokids" diving and swimming school in Plau am See, as well as the “Luzin-Diver” diving center in Feldberg: the narrow Luzin attracts visitors with its many under water boulders and rare freshwater sponges. The Thomsdorfer Bay on the Carwitzer See is also a popular diving location.
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