The Uckermark is placed in the North East of Brandenburg, just about an hour by car from Berlin, right next to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Poland.
With its 3058 sq. km the region is one of the biggest rural districts in Germany - even larger than the Saarland. With 40 inhabitants per sq. km it is at the same time one of the least populated areas. More than 500 lakes and infinite little ponds, moors, creeks and rivers contribute to the Uckermark being one of the most water-rich regions of Germany. Its unique architecture, art and culture are entwined with the moving history of the Uckermark - the so called border land.
Magnificent palaces and castles, alleys and cobblestone roads, city walls and historic old towns invite you to unforgettable exploration trips.
Although there have been human settlements since the stone age - the Uckermark has kept its almost untouched pristine character. Plant and animal species who are regarded as endangered or extinct elsewhere still find a safe home in the hilly thinly populated landscapes in the North East of Brandenburg.
The three great natural protection zones – the flood plain national park Unteres Odertal (Lower Oder Valley) - the forresty bioshpere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin and the water-rich Nature Park Uckermark Lakes (Naturpark Uckermärkisch Seen) – not only offer a safe habitat for plants and animals but also a perfect opportunity to experience an almost untouched wilderness. For explorations like these our LANDHOTEL FELCHOW is the ideal starting point.
The bird life at the nearby Felchow Lake and its surroundings is regarded as very diverse and colourful. The red-necked grebe and cranes can be spotted there. You can watch terns speeding over the water surface and see and fish eagles hunt for prey on a regular basis too. The deep lush beech groves of the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin near Grumsin are part of the UNESCO world heritage. The national park Unteres Odertal (Lower Oder river valley) with its europewide one-of-a-kind flood plain landscape is virtually placed at our doorstep.
When you stay at the LANDHOTEL FELCHOW you will be able to enjoy the historic and scenic uniqueness of the Uckermark - which - not by coincidence - won the national federal competition for most sustainable tourist region in 2012 / 2013.
The LANDHOTEL FELCHOW as certified Bed&Bike accommodation is ideally suited as an in-between-stop or starting point to various cycle paths. Two remarkable and outstanding cycle paths run in close proximity to our hotel.
One path, two rivers, three countries – from the source of the Neiße river in the Czech Nova Ves to Ahlbeck on the island Usedom - the 630-km-path leads from the Iser Mountains along the German-Polish border up to the Baltic Sea. One route, which is situated only ca. 5 km from our hotel. If you don't want to tackle the long bend, why not try a smaller section upstream or downstream. On day trips you can smoothly reach the so called Grützpott in Stolpe or the begin of the shipping canal in Hohensaaten. Or take the bike to visit the national park town Schwedt with the famous theatre and the European Hugenotten Park, the protected monument “Ensemble des jüdischen Ritualbads” or the German-Polish watersports centre. On the Polish side you can easily reach the so called “Valley of Love” or you can cycle downstream on the dike towards Gartz and Meschering.
Uckermark Circle Cycle Path (Uckermärkischer Radrundweg)
The Uckermark Circle Cycle Path - which is a tour for nature lovers - leads on 260 km through the nature parks Feldberger Seenlandschaft (Feldberg Lake Lands) and the Uckermärkische Seen (Uckermark Lakes), through biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin and the national park Unteres Odertal (Lower Oder Valley). The path was opened in 2006. It begins in Stolpe and leads - close to our hotel - via Schwedt/Oder, die Uckermark-district-town Prenzlau, Feldberg, Lychen and Templin to Angermünde.
The section through the national park Lower Oder Valley is - without a doubt - one of the hightlights. Amongst others you could explore towns like Gramzow with its train museum, the palace in Boitzenburg, the historic city centres of Templin and Angermünde, Lychen, the Flößerstadt (raftsmen town) between Seven Lakes and the natural preservation organisation (NABU) information centre Blumberger Mühle. If you only want to travel on certain sections of the route we recommend the Uckermark shuttle - a ring bus which operates in both circular directions between Templin, Prenzlau, Schwedt and Angermünde and carries your bikes during the April-September season.
We are happy to help you organize your bicycle trip!