The autumn break is just around the corner. Due to the increasing number of corona infections in neighboring countries, trips within Germany are still very popular. No wonder: vineyards, untouched nature and charming places also attract visitors in autumn. These four corners of Germany are worth a detour.
Vacation on the Moselle
The Moselle meanders through the landscape of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is 544 kilometers long, has its source in the French Vosges and flows into the Rhine near Koblenz. In the Moselle region, vacationers come across vineyards, fairy-tale castles and fortresses as well as medieval cities such as Trier. The city was founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, which makes it the oldest city in Germany. The black gate “Porta Nigra” is one of the famous buildings in Trier. It is the best preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps, its foundation stone was laid in 170 AD.
In addition to Trier, the city of Traben-Trarbach on the Middle Moselle is also worth a detour. The streets of the old town invite you to stroll through Art Nouveau houses. Children in particular have a lot of fun on Germany’s oldest mini golf course. History buffs will also get their money’s worth on the Moselle: some rulers had their castles built on the river, which are still accessible to visitors today. Like Eltz Castle in the Wierschem community. The castle is surrounded by a picturesque forest that turns orange and red in autumn.
If you want to relax a bit after a strenuous sightseeing tour, you can do so with a glass of wine. The Moselle valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Germany; the Romans and Celts planted vines on the steep slopes more than 2,000 years ago. Today, winemakers mainly cultivate the Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Elbling, Kerner, Bacchus, Dornfelder, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc grape varieties. Autumn is the ideal season for the grape harvest, for example the Riesling harvest begins in mid-October. Many wineries in the area offer wine tastings.
The Mecklenburg Lake District
Peace seekers, active vacationers, but also families are in good hands on the Mecklenburg Lake District. With 1,117 natural bodies of water, the area is one of the largest closed lake areas in Europe. The “Land of 1,000 Lakes” has an area of more than 6,000 square kilometers and extends over the federal states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Brandenburg. One of the most famous lakes in the region is the Müritz, which with an area of 112 square kilometers is one of the largest lakes in Germany.
Waren (Müritz) is located at the northern tip of the lake. The city center exudes its own charm thanks to the brick and half-timbered houses. The many cafes are ideal for taking a break from shopping in the small boutiques. The observation tower on the Jörnberg offers a magnificent view over the water maze of the Krakower See. This is located in the city of Krakow am See and is 28 meters high. Those who have climbed the 126 steps will be rewarded with a fantastic view. In October the tower is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A highlight of the region is the Müritz National Park, which extends over 322 square kilometers. In addition to lakes, there are moors, green meadows and pastures. Visitors can immerse themselves in nature on the almost 400 kilometers of cycling and hiking trails and observe animals at the numerous observation stations. Otters, ospreys and cranes are at home here. If you want to find out more about the fauna and flora of the nature park: rangers offer various tours almost every day.
Active vacationers can get on their bikes. Because of its low incline, the Mecklenburg Lake District is a popular destination for cyclists and ideal for families. Numerous paths lead past the banks of the lakes, castles and picturesque villages. If you have a little more time, you can cycle 645 kilometers from Lüneburg to Usedom on the Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route.
Old country near Hamburg
The Alte Land is located at the gates of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. It is the largest contiguous fruit-growing area in Germany. The region includes the Hamburg districts of Cranz, Francop and Neuenfelde as well as the Lower Saxony municipalities of Jork, Lühe and the Neu Wulmstorf district of Rübke. Mainly apples, pears, cherries and plums are grown. However, apples are the main product: these fruit trees are found on almost 90 percent of the acreage.
With the help of the flower barometer On the official website of the region, enthusiasts can see when the harvest time for each type of fruit begins; apples are currently in season. Many fruit farms offer guided tours and, for example, apple tree sponsorships. Sponsors usually pay a fixed annual fee and are allowed to harvest and keep the apples. The Hanseatic city of Stade, located 45 kilometers west of Hamburg, enchants with its historic old town. Half-timbered houses, small cafés and rustic pubs make the place something special. The fish market at the old harbor is also worth a visit.
The municipality of Jork, which is located in the middle of the old country, is also popular with holidaymakers. The small alleys and the 17th century Graefenhof amaze travelers. Jork is also a great starting point for cycling and hiking tours. For families, for example, the fruit route is suitable, which leads on two circular routes along the Elbe through the entire Alte Land. The route is very flat, which is why untrained and children usually have no problems.
Fischland-Darß-Zingst is located on the Baltic Sea coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The peninsula lies between the Bodden (shallow coastal waters) and the Baltic Sea and consists mainly of the “Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft” national park. Especially those looking for peace and quiet and nature lovers will find their happiness here. Holidaymakers experience a special natural spectacle in autumn. From September to early November, up to 70,000 cranes use the peninsula as a resting place. These can be admired particularly well from the observation platforms on the Boddendeich.
Not only the beautiful landscape attracts vacationers to Fischland-Darß-Zingst. The lagoon waters, which stretch between the mainland and the peninsula, are ideal for sailing. The Zeesen boats are a special sight. These are traditional, wide-hulled sailing boats that are particularly suitable for shallow waters. Excursion trips are offered in many ports.
The village of Zingst is located in the middle of the “Vorpommersche Boddenschlaft” national park. The seaside spa, which has been recognized since 2002, has a fine sandy beach and a promenade. With around 3,000 inhabitants, Zingst is the tourist center of the peninsula. The idyllic town of Ahrenshoop, on the other hand, has just 653 inhabitants. The thatched roofs of the houses are popular photo opportunities. While many tourists can be found there in summer, there is no trace of the hustle and bustle in autumn.
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