I will give you 24 hours baby…
We love exploring and finding new things in Berlin, however even in London we used to grab our stuff, jump in the car and go off to somewhere random for the weekend. We have carried on this tradition in Germany too and luckily for you this is one wonderful trip we are going to share with you all. I think it may have actually been my favourite mini-trip in Germany yet!
We rented a car and drove up to Waren, a small town in the UNESCO area of the Müritz National Park. The drive up was pretty in surroundings and pretty crazy in weather and takes just under two hours to get to from Berlin by car.
We had two days off, so we left early in the morning and it felt like we were trying to out-drive the rain the whole way. We arrived and settled into our Hotel Am Brauhaus. The room was okay – ground floor directly facing onto the main road, but it’s a quiet town so we weren’t disturbed by the noise even with the windows open at night. We wandered along the water and checked out the boats before having an epic steak at The Steakhouse Mendoza. The town is quaint, but weirdly every single person just stared at us non-stop when we walked around. We were used to it from being the only foreigner in a tiny town in Japan, but in Germany it felt extra weird. This happened the entire day – maybe they knew we were English?! Odd…
We woke up the next morning to bright and blazing sunshine! The tourist board recommended we take a bicycle tour which went around the lakes and through the National Park for 25kms. You can easily do this alone, as there are plenty of well-informed maps on the internet, but it was fun, especially when we lost an ‘older’ lady who was cycling much slower than the rest of us. Also, the guide was great and very knowledgeable about the birds and hidden spots to see nature at its best.
We stopped off for sausages and at the end of the tour we ran to the car and stopped off for a dip in the lake. If you’re into that kind of thing, there are plenty of nudie bathing spots in the area – being English, we chose a place with showers and bathing costumes – haha. Crazy to think just 24 hours ago we were caught up in a rain storm!
If you have a couple of days break, I suggest you go to Müritz for some relaxation and cycling. I can’t wait to go back