One leg of the Uckermark Circular Cycle Route, which is about 260 km (162 mi) long, leads between the two German towns Templin and Angermünde. Both are comfortably reachable by train from Berlin. The 51 km (32 mi) long and for the greater part paved path is perfectly suitable for a day trip. The tour leads through the biosphere reserve Schorfheide–Chorin and captivates through the wonderful view on the breathtaking landscapes one enjoys while cycling along the route.
The tour starts at Templiner Postheim. The road “Am Lübbesee” leads to Lübbesee beach. The idyllic route continues along the lake and leads through beautiful forests. After appr. 8.5 km (5.3 mi) you arrive at Ahlimbmühle. Here you cross the L100 and cycle for 2,5 km (1.6 mi) through a forest before arriving in Gollin. Following the signposted cycle path, you turn left upon entering the town heading towards Reiersdorf (2.5km/ 1.6 mi) and Friedrichswalde (4.5 km/ 2.8 mi). You carry on cycling to Parlow, the “crane village”. It's worth stopping by at the old granary that, built in 1860, used to be a part of the former manor Parlow.
The tour then takes you to the little village of Glambeck, passing the crane viewing point. Take into account that you may want to spend some more time here as you will pass numerous interesting and listed buildings, such as the monument quartet Taubenturm (Dove Tower), Fahrradkirche (Bicycle Church), Eiskeller (Ice Basement) and Gutspark (Manor Park). Glambeck is the place where the Uckermark Circular Cycle Path and the Cycle Path Berlin-Usedom meet and jointly continue to the fish ponds of the Blumberger Mühle, passing and cycling along the Wolletzsee lake. You cross Wolletz and leave the town via Angermünder Straße. After appr. 4 km (2.5 mi) you reach the NABU Information Centre at Blumberger Mühle. Taking a break here, you may admire the Blumberger Teiche ponds that are home to a variety of birds. From well-hidden places you may observe domestic animals. Should you have more time on your hands, you might then also want to go for a guided tour through the ponds area including the experience of feeding marine otters.
The next part of the tour leads through Kerkow, passing the same-named manor which nowadays is an organic farm facilitated with a biogas plant and a farmer's market. Before you then continue towards Angermünde, you will first have a chance to break at the Mündsee promenade walk located further north of the town. Here you find the sculpture gallery “Steinzeit der Moderne” (“Stone Age of the Modern Time”), intertwining historical facts with modern art. The historical old town of Angermünde is also not to be missed with its market well, gun powder magazine, Franciscan abbey and last but not least the Church of St. Mary.
If you have some more time left, you should visit the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Buchenwald Grumsin” too, which is situated south of the Wolletzsee/ Altkünkendorf.
Where to eat
There are numerous possibilities to stop for some refreshments in Templin, Ahlimbsmühle, Gollin, Parlow-Glambeck, Wolletz, Kerkow and Angermünde. In these places you will also find decent overnight accommodation.
- You're traveling a distance of 32 miles on this moderate trail. This makes it a relatively long bike trail. Average length of all bike Trails in Brandenburg is 60 miles.
- If you get hungry along the way, there are places to rest and get food. Nevertheless it’s recommended to also have enough water and food in your backpack when hiking or biking.
Highlights of the tour
A highlight of the tour is the NABU Information Centre at Blumberger Mühle. It is – as a symbol for natural cycle – arranged like a hollow tree stub. The outdoor area, additionally, shines with beautiful reed forests, meadows and ponds which one can hike through. Bird species such as the black stork, the lesser spotted eagle, the crane and the osprey can be observed here in their natural habitat. Children will enjoy jumping around on the large playground of the information centre that also includes a maze and a spring of water.
You will find the turning leading towards Görlsdorf appr. 1.8 km (1.1 mi) after Blumberger Mühle. It's worth undertaking a little detour to the remote village located in the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin. Apart from the Görlsdorfer Lenné-Park you may as well visit a former prison, the old park guard hut and the village church.
Alternatively, you may start your tour in Lychen, the town of seven lakes. The total distance of the tour will then extend up to 69 km (43 mi).
You get to Templin taking the B69, B109 and L100. Change to the A11 (Berlin-Stettin) and exit at Joachimsthal or Pfingstberg. Use the A24 (Hamburg-Berlin), exit at Neuruppin. Continue on the A20 (Lübeck-Prenzlau), exit at Prenzlau.
The RB12 operates between Berlin-Lichtenberg and the station “Templin Stadt” with connecting trains in Oranienburg from Berlin-Schönefeld, Berlin Zoologischer Garten and Berlin-Spandau, all taking you to Templin.