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The Mueritz - Germany's second biggest inland lake (1)

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The air on hot calm summer days shimmers over the wide mirror and the banks tail off in a purple haze. When the Fenriswolf howls through the air and hunts the cloud hounds during the spring and autumn storms, then the white-headed surf rolls excited and throws the sea spray onto the land. For some people travelling by boat to Röbel, this might be too much.
Then, no sail is to be seen on the water. In winter though, when the snow covers the land, the giant lies subdued underneath a young sheet of ice. But, it will rebel and the groaning and creaking can be heard during cold nights.

And more often than not, the water is able to break through, when the tension of this enormous surface gets too big and then the ice floes will pile up, sometimes up to 4m high.
If one takes a map and put the finger on the biggest of the many blue dots in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, one has found the Müritz, Germany's second biggest inland lake. But, it is the biggest lake, whose total surface is located in Germany.

A legend reports about the dramatic change, which led to the 'origin' of the Müritz.

'At the place, where the big lake is now, were in the grey ancient times seven smaller lakes; they were not interlinked. These lakes were encircled with wood, where many high, old, holy trees were standing, meant for the gods. Woodcutters who came from far flung places, started to chop these trees down. With their axes they travelled to 'Hinnenfelde' were the strongest trees were standing and felled those as well. One day, as they started to chop down the biggest and most almighty of all trees, a small lake, named 'Rederang', opened up and a spring appeared suddenly, which got bigger and was sending the water booming towards all sides. The pouring water pulls all the trees down and takes them away. The spring flowed until all seven lakes are unified and formed the Müritz. But at the 'Rederang', where the spring started, the stems of the broken trees are still standing underwater and thus authenticate this event.'

So far the myth - all the lakes, including the Müritz got their form through the last, the so-called Weichsel ice age. 20000 years ago, 1000m thick glaciers pushed, like bulldozers, enormous debris matter from Greenland and the Arctis towards the south. The large glaciers compressed the earth matter into moraines on one side and pressed on the other side many openings into the ground. The water stayed in the valleys and gullies after the thawing of the glaciers and voila - the Mecklenburg Lake District, a landscape of round hills, soft lowlands, agile becks and lakes was created.

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The Müritz, this 117 sqkm 'small sea', is today a true paradise for swimming fun, sailing and motor yachting, for canoeists and surfer.

If you don't want to be your own captain, enjoy the beauty of the lake and canals on board of a passenger ship.

Anglers are welcome in the fish rich Lake District.

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