Some people have called the town of Röbel (Müritz) a Kleinstadt — or small town.
Small how? It’s quite a good size, over thirty square kilometers — but I’m not sure if that’s what they mean. And if you add in the 24 communities of the Collective Municipality of the same name, then you’ve really got something big on your hands.
As for big, nothing is bigger than Röbel’s heart. The town itself is located on the banks of Lake Müritz, but it’s the Altstadt (Old Town) you’ll want to see if you’re into the whole historical thing — and most especially if you like to see half-timbered houses.
Not old enough for you? OK, well, then maybe you’re up for a visit to the Marienkirche, a Gothic church built in the 13th century. That’s about the time St. Nicolai Church was built, too. So it seems there was a huge building boom in Röbel during the 1200s, as that’s the time the town’s Stadtmauer (city wall) was erected.
Röbel’s medieval history is more than just its churches and old defense walls, so a trip over to the Town Museum will explain so much more than just looking the its old buildings.
Although it’s a blend of old building and museum that awaits at the former synagogue. Its unique timber-framed construction is unique, and it’s the only one left in the entire Müritz region. Plus, the museum exhibits inside talk about Röbel’s former Jewish community.
Wait, we’re not done with the museums yet. Wouldn’t you like to see a natural history one? Sure you would, which is why you should go visit the Müritzeum.
Of course you could just go explore around the natural side of Röbel on your own. The Naturpark Nossentiner is great, it’s all about the bogs and animals — especially birds; and then there’s the Müritz National Park, too. Although camping out and a horseback riding is just as good a way to experience it as any.
Small? I think not. Röbel (Müritz) is perfectly sized to experience the best of the Mecklenburg Lakes.