The Groß Schauener Lakes are only about 50 km southeast of Berlin and you can comfortably circle them once by bike. The best thing about it: You are off the beaten track, you can enjoy the peace and quiet and explore the spectacular nature. A real outdoor insider tip!
Protected: relaxed half-day tour in the Dahme-Heideseen nature park
Extraordinary: walking through the Sahara and climbing one of the largest German inland dunes
Focused: if you are lucky, you will see ospreys and sea eagles
Sustainable and regional: try fish straight from the lake
Refreshing: use natural swimming areas and rest areas
Start and finish: Storkow station
Length: 35 km / approx. 2:30 - 3 hours
Arrival / departure public transport: RB24 or S45 to Königs Wusterhausen, then RB36 to Storkow. Back the other way around.
From the castle to the nature reserve
After the regional train has brought you to Storkow and the nature park, you can best get an overview at the beginning of your tour. In the historical ambience of Storkow Castle, there is information and stories about the natural and cultural landscape in the visitor center of the nature park, which you will soon cycle through: alluvial forests, wetlands and grassland areas, old pine forests, secluded villages and many lakes.
On the way you may hear the typical call of the bittern from the reeds, call cranes and Nordic geese or see eagles and kites circling. The Groß Schauener Seenkette nature reserve is an important breeding, resting and feeding area for many swamp and water bird species, but also for the rare otters. Partial areas are even wilderness areas of the national natural heritage.
On the way south from Storkow you will pass the unique salt marshes. Salty groundwater comes to the surface and ensures that a characteristic plant cover is formed. Information boards inform you about the geological and botanical features, and the view from the observation tower is definitely worth it - not only for birdwatching.
Enjoy fish sustainably and watch the real hunters
You should definitely make another stop at the Köllnitz fishery. Here you can enjoy fish with a clear conscience. Sustainable fishing is carried out on the Heinz Sielmann Foundation's land on the Groß Schauener Lakes, giving rare species enough space and opportunities to survive. You can try freshly caught fish, e.g. delicious pikeperch, either in the farm shop with a snack or in the Köllnitzer Fischerstuben restaurant. Next door you will find Brandenburg's only fishing museum and an exhibition by the Sielmann Foundation on nature conservation.
Here begins a nature trail to the Selchow observation tower, which provides information about the area and its flora and fauna. Take your bike with you or take a short hike (45 minutes there & back) to get a fantastic view of the lake from the observation tower and watch cranes, cormorants, black kites as well as ospreys and sea eagles hunting.
The Sahara in the middle of Brandenburg
The tour takes you past lakes with hidden natural swimming areas to Bugk. The area directly to the east of the village is exceptional. The Bugker Sahara is a nutrient-poor and dry sand area, which extends to the Great Wucksee. You have a wide view over the sandy areas and unspoilt pine trees. Between the individual pines you will discover silver grass, moss and lichen that give the forest a fairytale look. Information boards tell the details about this special living space.
Rare animal and plant species can also be found on the inland dune Waltersberge in Storkow, where the tour will eventually bring you back. An adventure trail provides information on the almost 70m high dune, which was created by winds after the last ice age. Unique in Germany. The view from the very top to Storkower See is worth the effort for your ascent. Do you find the voracious ant lion, the larva of the ant maiden, which lurks for prey in self-made sand funnels?
After the trip into the desert, treat yourself to a homemade lemonade made from elderberry, lemon and soda in the nearby restaurant on the vineyard. If that's not enough: You can also cool off in the Storkow lido with a panoramic view of Lake Storkow. Also try the regional ice cream from the Ice Guerilla Manufaktur from Beeskow - regional and organic, of course!
Plan your late riser bike tour to Storkow now!
Info tips for those of you who are particularly interested in nature:
Seasonal calendar for nature observation - don't forget your binoculars!
January - March: wintering Nordic geese, arrival of the cranes, courtship of the moor frogs in the first warm March days
April - June: arrival of ospreys. Bittern call, cranes and gray geese breed, arrival of many breeding birds (black and red kite, red-backed kite, oriole, thrush, pond and reed warbler), broad-leaved orchid bloom.
July - September: Osprey and crane chicks fledge, autumn migration of lapwing and ducks
October - December: arrival of Nordic geese, lapwing migration
all year round: white-tailed eagles
If you are interested in more background information on nature conservation and landscape management in the Groß Schauener Seenkette area, you can find it at the Dahme Heideseen Nature Park (Naturpark Dahme Heideseen), the Landscape Management Association Mittlere Oder e.V. (Landschaftspflegeverband Mittlere Oder e.V.) or the Sielmann Foundation. (Sielmann Stiftung)
Bathing tips & co .:
Storkow: Lido at Storkower See with a snack
Groß Schauner See: small bathing area west of Groß Schauen
Dobra lake: two small bathing areas
Bugker See: bathing area near Schwerin
Public transport tip:
- Note the limited capacity of the regional train for taking bicycles with you
- Tips for taking bicycles with you from the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg
Köllnitz: Fish snack with smokehouse and farm shop, Restaurant Köllnitzer Fischerstuben, Aalhof
Storkow: Restaurant am Weinberg, Altstadtcafe with homemade ice cream, Café Burgstübchen and other offer