We asked German travel bloggers for their recommendations on Covid-friendly, off-the-beaten path destinations. Part 3: Eastern Germany – Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
We are bursting with anticipation for travel to start again soon. We plan to travel in Germany as soon as possible and we want to be prepared. So we asked insiders from all over Germany to tell us their favorite spots in their home region - everything being outdoors and socially distant!
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Göhren on Rügen
Lisa – Travellerin
I'm Lisa and I started my travel blog Travellerin in August 2019 when I went on a world trip. Back in Germany, I want to show the beauties and everyday adventures right on our doorstep and encourage women to travel alone. Born and raised on Rügen, I consider myself an expert on traveling on the island.
Do you know which island is the largest in Germany? With a 926 km² area, it is Rügen - far up in the north of Germany, in the Baltic Sea. One of the most beautiful regions on Rügen is the „Halbinsel Mönchgut". On the eastern tip of the island, the clocks beat even slower. Wide, natural beaches invite you to swim, and the flat, wide land to extensive bicycle tours.
A great base for your Rügen vacation is „Göhren". Due to its location at the easternmost point of Rügen, the „Kap Nordperd", Göhren has two wonderful beaches. Göhren can be easily explored on foot within half a day - and this is best done after a stormy day. Because then, with a little luck, you will find the „gold of the Baltic Sea": amber - a yellow gemstone made of fossil resin.
If you have seen everything of Göhren, then it's time to discover the „Halbinsel Mönchgut" by bike. Mönchgut is a bit „the original Rügen": Deeply cut bays, cliffs, sandy beaches, wide fields, and fragrant coniferous trees right by the sea. Everywhere still resonates the charm of the traditional time of the „Mönchguter" fishermen.
My tip: Cycle from Göhren via Lobbe to Thiessow and Klein Zicker. Pass bright poppy and rapeseed fields as well as romantic-looking thatched roofs. Stopovers that are worthwhile: The small harbor in Gager (here you can sleep in a houseboat!), the village of Thiessow, the fishermen's smokehouse Dumrath near Groß Zicker, and of course the long beach path on the east side.
Berlin - Teufelsberg
Bucketlist 2 Life
We are Philipp and Carina, who started our travel blog bucketlist2life in December 2020. We moved to Berlin in 2008 and have explored a lot since.
The Teufelsberg or Devil's Mountain is one of the many debris hills in Berlin. It is a man-made hill out of debris from World War II and with 120m (394 ft) above sea level the second highest elevation in Berlin. You have a great view over the Grunewald forest and western Berlin with the Funkturm (the West Berlin TV Tower). As the area belonged to West Berlin during the Cold War, there is an old U.S. listening station on the hill.
The hill is easy to reach by foot from the train stations Grunewald or Heerstraße via a walk through the beautiful Grunewald, which also boasts lakes and sand dunes to relax in summer and hence makes for a great day trip in itself. The steep road up the hill is used by mountain bikers and skateboarders in summer as well as tobogganers and snowboarders in winter. You can enter the area of the old listening station for a small fee. Here, you can have cool drinks, listen to some music, admire the incredible street art all around and soak in the views.
Brandenburg - Wiesenburg
Frank – Frank's Fotografieblog
Frank's home is Brandenburg. On his blog, which has a strong focus on castles, he mostly writes about excursions in his area.
In the middle of the natural preserve “Hoher Fläming” is located the village Wiesenburg. If you take one of the many hiking trails, such as the certified art trail, you will see the church and castle tower from afar, which tell you about this historic gem. A walk through the village reveals the full beauty of its historic center. Lovingly restored half-timbered houses line up and lead directly to its center: the castle. But the jewel is undoubtedly the castle park. The park is the most important work of landscape art between Potsdam's Sanssouci Park and the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom. The parterre, elaborately designed in the 19th century, with its curved carpets of flowers below the palace, is a real eye-catcher - unique in eastern Germany. Behind it stretches a large landscape park that merges into an enchanted forest park. Several visual axes in the park provide repeated views of the castle, church, and forester's lodge. A lovely place for walks and excursions.
Saxony-Anhalt – Harz mountains
Peter – Wild East Blog
Peter is from the East of Germany and has now moved even further East to Ukraine and runs a tour business and a blog. He still loves to visit and write about his home region and tells all foreigners to visit someday.
The Harz is one of the most beautiful regions in Germany and despite its many German visitors, foreigners are still a rare sight here. That's a pity because in beautiful medieval towns like Quedlinburg you can't just see how the middle ages looked like, you can actually experience it on tours and by visiting one of the many half-timbered houses. One can only wonder why the UNESCO sites here don't get as much attention as similar ones in the West of Germany. From Quedlinburg, you can also take a trip with the narrow gauge railways of the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen. There are different routes. Quedlinburg is at the end of the Selketalbahn which crosses a picturesque river valley. With one change it's also possible to visit the mountain Brocken, which is the highest mountain in the Northern part of Germany and from which you have a fantastic view of up to 100 kilometers. After your day trip, you can try local beers and other specialities in the many restaurants and cafes of Quedlinburg. One cafe is even in a block of seven buildings. You just gotta love the Harz!