Bad Kleinen Makes You Hungry For Exploration

According to the Bad Kleinen Administration, fresh air is known to make you hungry. Joke was on me, they’re right. Because as the refreshingly cool summer morning crept up on me, every minute outside just got me even more famished than I already was.

Turns out I was hungry for something more than just food — it was a hunger for exploration as well. So off upon kilometer after kilometer of cycling trails I went. Numbered routes make it easier to guide your way, like the 35km Radtour #1 (kinda runs like a crooked figure-8) that’ll run you though four villages to see old churches, a charming windmill, and farms.

One of the prettiest sites (in my not-so-humble opinion) to enjoy is Lake Schwerin. Hiking is a great activity along this picturesque lake, but it’s just one of a number of hiking spots found around its eight districts.

Do yourself a favor, head to the Tourist Office (Hauptstra├če 20) for a hiking map. You’ll be glad you did. Besides, we should all know at this point the folks at the tourist offices are a valuable asset to finding out what’s to do.

A few of Bad Kleinen’s “walking tours” aren’t all that arduous, one is merely four kilometers starting/ending at the train station. By the way, the old train station is a charming building — and well worth a look.

Hold on for a few minutes… time to eat (again). Good thing there’re a number of local eateries to keep you fueled. If you’re lucky enough to be here for a festival (like the Strandfest (Beach Festival), Easter Bonfire, Medieval Festival, or Advent Market), there are plenty of culinary options to choose from — in addition to all the party stuff.

What else that’s great about the outdoors in (and around) Bad Kleinen is that you’re perfectly located to visit a few castles. And what keeps calling to me the most is the unique design of Schloss Wiligrad (just south of town).

The castle’s construction in the late 19th century was around the same time as Bad Kleinen’s Eiertunnel, a pedestrian walkway so named for its “egg-shaped” walkway.

Oh c’mon, it had to be some kind of food mentioned again? Wow, if I spend anymore time outdoors here in Bad Kleinen, I’ll be too big to fit through it. ;-)

 

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