Eastern Germany: The Scharmützelsee

In the heart of Brandenburg's Lake District

Der Scharmützelsee - Foto: © ort.bad-saarow.de
Located in the heart of the March Brandenburg Lake District, about an hour's drive from Berlin, the Scharmützlesee is situated in a large nature reserve. The German novelist Theodor Fontane baptized it "The Sea of the March". With a size of 11 km from north to south covering about 1500 hectares it is the largest lake in Brandenburg.
Paradise for active holidays
Nestled in a beautiful forest and lakeland the Scharmützelsee offers a paradise for active as well as relaxing holidays. Sailing and surfing, powerboats, houseboats or canoeing - every imaginable way to explore the lake by boat is available here. The adjacent waterways allow to travel to neighbouring lakes by boat, into Germany's capital Berlin or even further on to the open Baltic Sea.

Relaxed boating or challenges for advanced skippers
In Germany's largest voting for "Your Favourite Lake" in 2013 conducted by the website www.seen.de the Scharmützelsee topped the competition of 2,000 lakes submitted for the award. It is an excellent sailing area, as is its neighbour, Lake Storkow. In predominantly westerly breezes it holds fast upwind beats in store for experienced skippers. Of course, it is not only holiday skippers who find their way to Brandenburg's lakes every year. Many regattas take part on the Scharmützelsee as well as Lake Storkow. Modern, comfortable marinas, experienced sailing schools, diverse charter fleets as well as idyllic and quiet anchorages turn every sailing holiday on the Scharmützelsee into a memorable experience. Golf, tennis and horse riding as aditional sporting activities round of an active vacation just outside Germany's capital city, Berlin.

Formation of March Brandenburg
The formation of this unique landscape dates back to the time of the Vistulian glaciation, the most recent glacial period in northern Europe. The glaciers that covered the land reached a peak of 600 m. From the north, the glaciers had advanced about 115,000 years ago and formed mountains. When the ice began to melt, a meltwater channel was the beginning of a chain of lakes and the March Brandburg landscape about 11,000 years ago.
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