We did a truly wonderful, long hike on Gnitz. We parked our car near Lütow and walked towards the Achterwasser, as the water between Usedom and the mainland is called. After about five minutes we were the only hikers there. Eagles circled above us and we found the remaining parts of an osprey's breakfast. There is no beach , but reed grows until the water, a perfect place for many waterbirds.
The Southern tip of the peninsula is called Mövenort - place of the sea gulls. From there we had a great view to the other side of the Achterwasser.
Then the cliffs started and we had to walk uphill. It is called Weißer Berg - the white mountain. Well, mountain is relatively spoken, it's about 30 meters high, but a steep drop down to the sea. There are railings, so it's not dangerous. Again the view was magnificent, across the Achterwasser we could watch the eagles .
A few days before our arrival there had been a big storm and now lots of trees were lying across the hiking trail. We had to climb over them or walk around, not always easy to do. Once we were out of the woods our trail continued along fields. Again we were lucky and saw a snake enjoying the sun.
Because we stopped ever so often and took pictures or simply enjoyed the wonderful scenery, we need several hours for this hike. If you walked straight through, you could manage it in about three hours, I think.
Water:Lakes and Canals
One of our hikes took us from Kachiner See to the Gothensee, Lake Kachin to Lake Gothen, through meadows and fields, alongside small canals.In July and August these meadows are said to be abundant with many different butterflies. In May we only saw a few, but we were acompagnied for a long part by several storks.
We even saw a crane, who must have missed the departure of his friends, as usually you only see these huge birds in large groups.
This is a very nice hike, but no shade whatsoever, so a hat or any other protection against the sun is needed.
Usedom - the Two Sides of the Island
Usedom is both the name of the second largest island of Germany and that of a town on this island.My tips here will be about the island and its two sides, very different from each other.
Usedom is said to enjoy the most hours of sunshine in Germany. In late 19th century it became a fashionable seaside resort for the aristocracy and the rich families from Berlin. Along the seaside there are fashionable , small towns with a very elaborate architecture, the so-called "Kaiserbäder" - Emperor's Resorts - , while further away there are small villages where time seems to have stopped.
The Baltic Sea is to the East of Usedom, the Szczecin lagoon to the South and the water between the island and the mainland is called Achterwasser.
While the typical beach life takes place in the resorts on the Baltic Sea, the best hiking trails are in the other parts of the island. In my mind this is the more interesting part, so many of the tips on my page are in the off the beaten path section.
Usedom is a paradise for bird- watchers! Apart from the sea birds you can see the European sea eagle there. It is assumed that seven couples of them are breeding on the island. We saw a few of them, a highlight for any bird-watcher. There are also storks, ospreys and many,many others.