Dis­cover the his­tor­i­cal charms of Mecklenburg, Germany by boat

DRIFT Travel magazine - - 48 Hours In... - BY: BRIT­TANY BALLENTINE

Ex­plor­ing the land of au­to­mo­tive and lim­it­less ex­press­ways on a boat may seem a lit­tle pe­cu­liar. How­ever, Germany’s ro­man­tic wa­ter­ways of­fer a unique and scenic per­spec­tive on the coun­try’s rich his­tory and nat­u­ral beauty. Cruise through these ma­jes­tic rivers and un­cover some of the coun­try’s hid­den gems along the way. From medieval cas­tles to na­tional parks and beau­ti­ful lit­tle towns, the week-long jour­ney aboard a self-drive boat with Le Boat from Ma­rina Wolfs­bruch to Plau am See is one the most ex­cep­tional voy­ages in the coun­try. Be­fore putting on your captain’s hat, spend a day in Bran­den­burg’s most ro­man­tic town of Rheins­berg, only mo­ments away from Ma­rina-wolfs­bruch. Sur­rounded by cap­ti­vat­ing land­scapes, this quaint town is ideal for the his­tory buff. Pay a visit to the Re­nais­sance Palace of Rheins­berg , a place where many be­lieve Fred­er­ick the Great spent the hap­pi­est years of his life when he was Crown Prince. Set on the east­ern shores of Lake Grien­er­ick, the fortress was built in the 1500s and to­day serves as a mu­seum. Along the wa­ter next to the Le Boat base, you’ll find plenty of charm­ing restau­rants per­fect for lunch or din­ner. Trav­el­ing north on the canal from Ma­rina-wolfs­bruch will take you to the sec­ond largest lake in the coun­try, Lake Müritz. Pro­tected by the Na­tional Park, the re­gion is home to an in­cred­i­ble num­ber of bird species, crys­tal-clear wa­ters and beau­ti­ful scenery, so make sure take your time cruis­ing through here. If you’re look­ing for a ro­man­tic night on the boat, pre­pare your own BBQ din­ner and en­joy the sunset over din­ner on the roof deck.

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