Cycling in the Brohmer and Helpter mountains
The Brohmer and Helpter mountains are not only a paradise for hikers and those seeking peace and quiet – cyclists also like to come here again and again to enjoy the peaceful nature and discover a varied landscape between mountain and valley.
Here you will find interesting routes through an almost untouched nature, through the gentle hills and quiet forests, past sleepy towns and wide meadows, idyllic streams, boggy depressions and lakes..
The Brohmer and Helpter mountains were formed about 13,700 years ago in an ice age as an end moraine. The landscape covers a total of about 6,500 hectares and is located between Neubrandenburg and Ueckermünde. The Helpter Berg is the highest elevation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – despite its height of only 179.5 meters. Due to this mountainous location, you can expect mostly sunny weather in the Brohmer and Helpter mountains.
By bike through gentle hills and valleys.
In recent years, the surrounding communities around the Brohmer and Helpter mountains have built an interesting network of cycling and hiking trails, which you can enter from various points as a cycling tourist.
The best-known cycle path is the Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Path. With a total length of 625 kilometers, it leads from Lüneburg through the Brohmer Berge mountains to Usedom.
Also on the Brohmer-Berge-&-Randowtal-Rundweg you can discover the unique landscape of the Brohmer and Helpter mountains on your bike. This circular tour has a total length of 205 kilometers and can be developed in stages within four days. It starts in Pasewalk and leads over the Schanzenberg, a large Slavic fortress, to Woldegk, where five windmills still turn today. Behind this interesting windmill town, the largest elevation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern rises to a height of only 179.5 meters.
Until Mildenitz you cycle through the Helpter mountains, then a detour to Rattey is also worthwhile. In the garden of the manor house of Rattey Castle there are about 20,000 grapevines – here you can taste the local grape juice or take a refreshing bath in the Brohmer reservoir. A visit to Friedland is also worthwhile, among other things to marvel at the 95 meter high church tower.
Via Schwichtenberg the route continues through villages, meadows and forests to Torgelow. Along the way, you can discover enormous treasures from the ice age in the boulder garden of Schwichtenberg or marvel at the largest lake in the region – Lake Galenbeck. As one of the oldest nature reserves in Germany, it provides a quiet resting place for swans, cranes and geese. Many species of water birds breed here and rare plants are also at home at Galenbeck Lake.
You can discover this impressive flora and fauna on a well-marked nature trail. The way to the viewing platform is also worthwhile: from there it is possible to observe the water birds during their resting time. On the way to Torgelow, you can then take a relaxing picnic break in the Lenné Park in Neuensund or even take a short trip back in time to the Slavic village of Ukranenland. Afterwards, the route leads through rustic forests back to Pasewalk. On the way, it is also worth visiting the tower in Rothenklempenow to get a bird’s eye view of the surroundings.
Also through the Brohmer and Helpter mountains leads the Ice Age Route. On this route you can not only enjoy the unique nature, but also take a little trip back to the ice age. Along the bike route you will find informative display boards, interesting boulder gardens, museums and nature trails that give you an insight into the development of the Ice Age landscape. The Ice Age Route consists of an outer ring over 400 km long, which is divided into nine individual tours.
In addition, there are five shorter circular routes. So there is something for everyone: you can experience the unique nature in a one to two week cycling vacation, try out one of the five circular routes on a weekend or even take one of the numerous smaller discovery tours on a single day.
Of course, many other bike and hiking trails lead through the Brohmer and Helpter mountains. If you want to get out into nature and also learn more about local wildlife, a 30-km loop trail from Strasburg is a great option.
Along the way, pay a visit to the Wildtierland in Klepelshagen and relax with a small picnic on the Fuchsberg. The route also takes you past the Schmiedegrundsee lake and a Slavic fortress rampart.