Brandenburg’s Havel Lakes

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Length: 36 km
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The blue pearly waters are densely scattered across this stunning canoeing. The romantic tributaries of the Havel are a particular delight for water tourers looking for the tranquillity of the wide meadows and pastures. And all you’ll see is a few small villages. Nature lovers finally reach Lake Rietzer See through a lush and overgrown green tunnel. The protected bird paradise is replete with cranes and white storks, and you are also likely to spot the occasional beaver and otter.
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  • Auf Brandenburger Havelseen, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Hahn
  • Unterwegs auf der Havel bei Ketzin, Foto: Jan Hoffmann
Length/duration: 36 kilometres (2 days) (with detour to Brandenburg an der Havel 59 kilometres)

Start: Ketzin / Havel

Finish: Lehnin

How to get there:
  • Public transport: Take the RE4 (Rathenow) from Berlin central station to Elstal. From here, take bus 662 (Falkenrehde) to Ketzin (about 45 minutes).
  • Car: From Berlin via the B5 and A10 to Ketzin (about 1 hour).

Return journey:

  • Public transport: From Lehnin, take bus 550 to Groß Kreutz. From here, take the RE1 (Frankfurt/Oder) to Berlin central station (about 1.5 hours).
  • Car: From Lehnin, take bus 550 to Groß Kreutz. From here, take the RE1 (Frankfurt/Oder) to Potsdam Central Railway Station, then bus no. 614 (Gutenpaaren) to Ketzin to the car (about 2 hours).

Route: Ketziner Havel, Kleine Havel, Enge Havel, Lake Trebelsee, Fliederhavel, Weseramer Havel, Krumme Havel, Emster Canal, Lake Rietzer See, Lake Netzener See, Lake Klostersee (Lehnin)

Detour: Via the Havel to Brandenburg an der Havel (there and back an additional 22 kilometres).

On-shore outings:

  • Ketzin/Havel: Havel promenade, St.-Petri church
  • Lehnin: Cistercian monastery

Nautical information: Havel with numerous charming tributaries (very few motor boats) and, except for Lake Trebelsee, only minor lake protrusions; Emster Canal, crossing of the bird paradise of Lake Rietzer See (very few motor boats); low current, continuously and easily navigable in both directions (no weirs or locks).

Maps/Literature:

  • “DKV-Gewässerführer für Ostdeutschland: Kanuführer für Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Berlin, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen und Sachsen (DKV-Regionalführer)”, Deutscher Kanu-Verband; Auflage: 4 (1. April 2011), ISBN-13: 978-3937743288, Euro 19.95
  • “TourenAtlas Wasserwandern / TA5 Berlin-Brandenburg mit Spreewald: Oder, Havel, Spree + Nebengewässer”, 1:75.000 & 1:25.000, Verlag: Jübermann, Auflage: 5 (5. Juli 2013), ISBN-13: 978-3929540666, Euro 25

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The blue pearly waters are densely scattered across this stunning canoeing. The romantic tributaries of the Havel are a particular delight for water tourers looking for the tranquillity of the wide meadows and pastures. And all you’ll see is a few small villages. Nature lovers finally reach Lake Rietzer See through a lush and overgrown green tunnel. The protected bird paradise is replete with cranes and white storks, and you are also likely to spot the occasional beaver and otter.
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  • Auf Brandenburger Havelseen, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Hahn
  • Unterwegs auf der Havel bei Ketzin, Foto: Jan Hoffmann
Length/duration: 36 kilometres (2 days) (with detour to Brandenburg an der Havel 59 kilometres)

Start: Ketzin / Havel

Finish: Lehnin

How to get there:
  • Public transport: Take the RE4 (Rathenow) from Berlin central station to Elstal. From here, take bus 662 (Falkenrehde) to Ketzin (about 45 minutes).
  • Car: From Berlin via the B5 and A10 to Ketzin (about 1 hour).

Return journey:

  • Public transport: From Lehnin, take bus 550 to Groß Kreutz. From here, take the RE1 (Frankfurt/Oder) to Berlin central station (about 1.5 hours).
  • Car: From Lehnin, take bus 550 to Groß Kreutz. From here, take the RE1 (Frankfurt/Oder) to Potsdam Central Railway Station, then bus no. 614 (Gutenpaaren) to Ketzin to the car (about 2 hours).

Route: Ketziner Havel, Kleine Havel, Enge Havel, Lake Trebelsee, Fliederhavel, Weseramer Havel, Krumme Havel, Emster Canal, Lake Rietzer See, Lake Netzener See, Lake Klostersee (Lehnin)

Detour: Via the Havel to Brandenburg an der Havel (there and back an additional 22 kilometres).

On-shore outings:

  • Ketzin/Havel: Havel promenade, St.-Petri church
  • Lehnin: Cistercian monastery

Nautical information: Havel with numerous charming tributaries (very few motor boats) and, except for Lake Trebelsee, only minor lake protrusions; Emster Canal, crossing of the bird paradise of Lake Rietzer See (very few motor boats); low current, continuously and easily navigable in both directions (no weirs or locks).

Maps/Literature:

  • “DKV-Gewässerführer für Ostdeutschland: Kanuführer für Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Berlin, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen und Sachsen (DKV-Regionalführer)”, Deutscher Kanu-Verband; Auflage: 4 (1. April 2011), ISBN-13: 978-3937743288, Euro 19.95
  • “TourenAtlas Wasserwandern / TA5 Berlin-Brandenburg mit Spreewald: Oder, Havel, Spree + Nebengewässer”, 1:75.000 & 1:25.000, Verlag: Jübermann, Auflage: 5 (5. Juli 2013), ISBN-13: 978-3929540666, Euro 25

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Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Weg 31

14669 Ketzin / Havel

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Fax: +49 (0) 33204-618761

Weather Today, 16. 8.

17 30
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

  • Wednesday
    18 33
  • Thursday
    20 32

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