River Wakenitz

Schleswig Holstein, Lübeck  >  Germany

River slowly floating from the Ratzeburger See (lake) through wild alder marshes to to ancient town of Lübeck with settled but still beautiful areas.

Added* by Tim Herfurth
Most recent update 14 March 2020
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Some books describe the Wakenitz as the very small sister of the Amazon. Well, being in the wilder parts in an early morning might be a bit like that. Anyhow the Wakenitz is a place of outstanding beauty. Left in peace for 50 years as being the natural border of former Eastern Germany and Western Germany there are still wild and unspoiled parts with Fish Otter, Grass snakes, Golden Oriole and of course Common Kingfisher. After the reunification you will still find these areas, although a big motorway has been built right in the heart of the reserve. Although you can visit some parts by car you should definitely walk or hire a bike...perfect is an early morning start from with a canoe the Canoe Centre in Rothenhausen! You can even sleep there! Perfect!

This is by the way the famous area where wild Greater Rheas breed. They escaped about 15 years ago and established apopulation of about 300 birds!

There is also the possibility of taking the tourist ferry which stop at Rothenhusen, Müggenbusch and Lübeck itself. Sometimes it`s possible to take a bike as well.



Canoeing! By Bike ! Walking! and some parts by car.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Lake , Agriculture , River



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Summer

Best time to visit



Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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