|Flags at Waren Marina|
As the landscape is pretty much flat, the area around Waren is prefect for unstrenuous cycling, and this is what we did. We travelled in a group of 13 English-speaking photographers from Berlin to Waren on a Regional Express train with three Berlin-Brandenburg Tickets (Waren is just over the border from Brandenburg, in Meck-Pomm, but it is covered by the BB ticket). The bike compartment was pretty full, and sensibly most of our group had pre-hired bikes at Waren instead at the excellent Zweirad Karberg, but the journey was only an hour and a half or so with no connections.
|RE 4538 Bike Compartment|
|Neuer Markplatz in Waren. |
Rennovated Fachwerkhäuser on the edge of the square.
|Pottery for sale at Waren|
It first came to prominence as a walled trade town in 1260, but devastating fires in 1568, 1637, 1671, 1673 and again in 1699, followed by heavy sieging and destruction during the Thirty Years War, means that little of the medieval town survived. By contrast, it was given up without a fight to the Soviet Army on 1st May 1945. Perhaps they had had enough rebuilding from the ruins. Ironically, the surviving old buildings were then subjected to demolition by the East Germans in the interests of 'Urban Planning'. Enough were saved by a concerted 'Save the Old Town' campaign during the 1970's that, post unification, the town centre could be effectively renovated. The result is charming but with a slight feeling that it is all artificial, which indeed much of it is. All the better to entice the tourist!
One example of un-authenticity/tourist trappings is the Ritterstuben on Neuer Marktplatz where we had a pre-cycle coffee and Apfelstrüdel energy boost. The outside eating area was picturesquely located next to the market and the fountain, but go inside the Ritterstuben (literally: knight's parlour rooms), down the steps into the dark interior, and you felt like you might expect to meet Scooby Doo running in the opposite direction. The stone vaulted cellars are done up like a spooky castle dungeon, with antique shields and weapons on the wall, and suits of armour that at any moment might come to life. Outside, as I say was pleasant, and you could seat yourself in the cosiness of a cheery Strandkorb. But the waitresses were dressed in long brown and white robes and caps, looking as if they were doing some mediaeval penance. Perhaps as punishment for dropping litter, of which there was none to be seen in pristine Waren.
Here are a few photos to give you the feel of the renovated 'alt-Stadt':
|The modern fountain in Waren Neuer Markplatz.|
|Quiet cobbled side-street in Waren. |
Not ideal for riding a bike down!
|Löwen Apotheke frontage|
There must a reason why so many pharmacies are named after either a lion or an eagle (Adler) but I'm not sure what it is.
|Neues Rathaus (Waren town hall) and Stadt-Museum|
|Another cobbled street|
|Another renovated Fachwerkhaus.|
|Marienkirche, Waren. The tower was first constructed back in the 14th C.|
How many times it has been rebuilt since, Wikipedia doesn't say.
|Back to the Marktbrunnen in Neuer Marktplatz.|
OK, Waren centre isn't all that big!
|The Müritzeum. Not to be confused with a cinema.|
|Sandcastles at Feisneck|
|Cycling along Federower Weg|
Places to stop were few and far between, but included huddles of services for the tourist like Federow, where you could get 'Bier vom Fass', or ice cream, or stroke sheep and piglets in the petting zoo. There was also this little chap.
|Wooden woodsman at Federow|
|Kirche in Speck|
|Specker Schloss Gatehouse.|
Closed until further notice.
|Calves near Speck.|
About to do a three-cow pyramid.
|Derelict barn, Speck|
|Flowers in Müritz National Park|
|No idea what's going on here.|
I guess it's what they call 'modern sculptor'
|Cruise boats at Waren Marina|
|Evening on Müritz.|