"Sun trap" in the Lake District
The groundsman from the Camping Resort on the Weißen See calls the lake district east of the Müritz a 'sun trap'… The meteorologists tell us he is right. The Müritz, the "small sea" in the language of the Wends, who lived here in earlier times, is actually large enough to modify the regional climate. In summer one observes showers and thunderstorms to the south and north again and again being redirected around the Müritz.
Only many miles to the east do meet up again. In consequence, between Waren and Neustrelitz the sun really appears to shine more over Mecklenburg even if bad weather in Wesenberg and Zwenzow aren't completely unknown.
Overall, the local climate is strongly influenced by the large expanses of water. Like seas, the lakes tend to compensate for and to moderate temperature swings.
The result: Sunlovers who cannot tolerate the heat of the Mediterranean are happier here. For example, at the Camping Resort on Weißen See between Wesenberg and Zwenzow.
The Havelberge Forest Ropes Course
The Havelberge Forest Ropes Course
What is a Forest Ropes Course?
A forest ropes course is a ropes course integrated into a forest. A ropes course
consists of various artificial obstacles of ropes, beams or wires, strung at different heights. Between the individual segments are mounted platforms on which the climbers can rest before tackling the next challenge.
The Havelberge forest ropes course consists of four different 'parcours', or obstacle courses.
After a briefing three of these courses can be tackled by the guests independently with a safety harness consisting of a climbing belt and a climbing set of metal fasteners and ropes etc. In this part of the ropes course it's all about gaining experience on your own, overcoming fears, building self-confidence -- and naturally the pure fun of climbing.
The fourth course is reserved for teams and groups. In this course the participants are secured from the ground. The focus here is on teamwork, confidence, communication and co-operation.
The forest ropes course was built by an experienced team. All trees are inspected for their load-bearing strength by a state-certified tree consultant. Our ropes course was also inspected by the TÜV (Technical Inspection Board).
When making his way through the ropes course each participant is secured with a climbing belt and a climbing set. This system makes it possible for our guests, in groups or singly, with family or friends, to use the ropes course. After a detailed briefing by the safety staff and a review of what has been learned on the first parcours, approx. only 1.50m high, everyone can commit to the high
ropes course independently. The safety personnel are constantly standing by and ready to act or give advice in difficult situations.
Who can join in?
In what weather are the ropes courses open?
The weather plays no great role in the operation of the Havelberge forest ropes
On the one hand you'll be somewhat protected by the trees, and on the other hand suitable clothes, like those one would wear for a walk, will protect you from the wet and the cold.
The only weather conditions that shut down the ropes course are thunderstorms and very strong winds.
The following clothing must be worn by all who would like to use the ropes course:
long pants at least a short-sleeved t-shirt which also covers the stomach (to prevent the
climbing belt from rubbing)strong, closed shoes (at least gym shoes, better would be shoes that cover above the ankle) Dressing appropriately for the weather is recommended. Please note that a jacket shouldn't be too long, to allow a climbing belt to be properly fitted.
The ropes course is open to anyone over the age of 14. Average physical fitness and a stable heart and circulatory system are sufficient. The self-secured area, consisting of 3 different parcours, can be used by small groups. The Teamparcours, consisting of four elements, can be booked only by groups of upwards of 10 persons.
What really counts – a sanitary building with class
Before booking, sanitary facilities usually are carefully studied. Haveltourist can live well with this custom of many experienced camping friends. The buildings in question on its 9 camping sites are thoroughly organised, bright and clean. The ADAC (General German Automobile Association) camping guide for example grades the facilities of the Drewensee camping site as "exceptional".
The new sanitary block at the Woblitzsee has also become truly impressive. The welcoming and attractive entrance area can, so to speak, be measured against the client area of a respectable bank: bright, inviting and with large green plants and benches.
With the practical SepKey the gates open wide to a comfortable bathing world: Family baths, a baby-changing room, a cosmetics room and the roomy children's bath experience make up an ideal offer.
The Havelberge Camping and Holiday Resort has been given five stars by the DTV (The German Tourism Association). At Haveltourist we know what guests appreciate. Comfortable sanitary blocks are high on the list.
Please wash and dry!
That impresses even Cora, the six-year old Hovawart dog: The new sanitary building at the Havelberge Camping and Holiday Resort even has an extra dog shower. Cora, incidentally, is known at Havelberge as the proverbial colourful mutt because she loves to ride around the grounds on the electric trolley. In the end, she's not so good at walking.
Camping romance doesn't rust…
Gerd Burgmann has been the director of the Haveltourist camping sites for twenty years. When time allows, he has stories to tell. He fondly remembers a married couple that came to stay at the site. Both were already in their eighties, but they were looking for a tent pitch beside the restaurant, or right in the liveliest part of the resort. Cautious advice on perfectly quiet locations was turned down, in a friendly but firm way. Burgmann was even more surprised when the two got a simple tent out from their big limousine and put it up – the kind of small tent you crawl into. Later they told their story:
More than a generation earlier, they had met at a camping site and fallen in love. At the time they had sworn to spend two weeks every year camping in a tent in memory of that first summer of love. Over time they became wealthy, older too, and the first tent had long since worn out. But they had kept their promise, and persistently held to the simple life for these special weeks: a two-man tent, spirit-cooker and in the middle in it all the merriest holiday drives. Over the years they had made minor concessions to their advancing age: occasionally they ate in the restaurant. They confessed a second weakness to Burgmann, and showed him their carefully hung up evening clothes in the car. Once during each vacation they went out to a place where one had to really dress up and look sharp.
In the following years they came twice more to the Havelberge Camping and Holiday Resort. As we can learn from this story, camping in a tent is above all something for the young – so long as being young isn't a question of mere age…
It's the attitude.
The big Havelberge Shows – a brilliant stage and hard work
There's often something happening on the Havelberge stage below the restaurant: Disco, Livebands and shows that members of the audience participate in. But perhaps the best of all is the weekly gala evening of the entertainment troupe. If you take your vacation at Havelberge, this is something you really mustn't miss. Incredibly professional, what these amateurs put on in their dance and music shows!
How can such a thing be put on, we asked someone who should know: Andrea Lichterfeld.
On the morning after the last show of the previous year we met up with the entertainment chief in front of the empty stage. Was she proud and content after yesterday's success of "Timewarp Starlights", the musical voyage round the world?
"No," she laughed. "When you're satisfied, you make no progress. The public was enthusiastic again, but I saw too many little mistakes." Besides, she confessed, she was already busy planning for 2007: "The first trial runs start in October." Three shows alternate per season: first of all a reprise from the previous year, secondly a completely new show, and thirdly the reworked 'Timewarp Starlights' programme.
How do you trim such a good troupe out of your team of 'animators'? "The core has been training with me for years, either in my dance school or in a Neustrelitze school programme, which I lead." A good co-operation has developed, which also allows for plain talk if necessary. "I push them along sometimes quite nicely", admits the lively Andrea Lichterfeld, and looks suddenly completely energetic. She grins again: "But they can also bite back." Behind every good idea is plain hard work that pushes the team to their limits, and the cheers of the public compensate for everything. As an offshoot of an artistic family Andrea Lichterfeld already imbibed this rule with her mother's milk. The teacher of dance and martial arts is also responsible for the fitness and wellness programmes at Havelberge.
What does the future hold? Lichterfeld is working with a partner on a musical of their own, for some time in the future. But first she is fully focused on the new Musicalshow for 2007. Knock on wood!
A Chinese on the Woblitzsee – group enjoyment in a dragonboat.
(Havelberge) The drum strikes the rhythm of the oars and Dennis intones the antiphony. The dragonboat speeds out onto the water. Once a year the team from the canoe centre puts on a special evening tour of the Woblitzsee for the Havelberge staff. They should at last try for themselves what they recommend for their guests.
Tours in a rustic dragonboat are a group event. The original Chinese boat type evolved in Europe into a 'Canadian', or an open rowing boat with single-blade paddles and seating for 22.
Drums and antiphonies are part of the guided tours, when groups of guests head through the Kammer Canal for the district capital of Neustrelitz. Do all the guests sing along? "Of course", says Mike Stoltenfeldt from the Canoe centre: "A few take it up right away, and the rest are carried away by it and join in, even if they think they can't sing." High art doesn't really come into it in the singing or the rowing, because the fun factor is pretty high. In the trip through the Kammer Canal and over the Zierker See the powerful boat is always a big favourite with the vacationers.
The dragonboats are relatively rare, even though they've been in world and European championships. Mecklenburg is by the way a centre of this rowing discipline; the crews of the MV Team from Waren on the Müritz are at the top internationally and the Neustrelitzer aren't far behind.
Arriving at Neustrelitz there still remained two and a half hours to visit the reconstructed Slawendorf and to craft small mementoes using the traditional handicraft techniques. Then it's back on the boat and out onto the water, with gusto, drums and a good mood, and the resounding dragonboat antiphony : "Now we're voyaging out over the Woblitzsee…"
Tip: Special offer: a two-day works outing on the Dragonboat with an overnight stay in a holiday home.
A dragonboat is a relatively large canoe in the form of a stylised dragon. They originated in China, but today have fans all over the world.
European dragonboats of today measure (not counting the decorative head and tail) 12.49 m in length and 1.16 m in width, and weigh 250 kg (the European norm). They are propelled with single-blade paddles. A traditional motif of a crafted dragon's head adorns the bow. The stern is in the form of a stylised dragon's tail.
Up to 20 paddlers, sitting in pairs on benches next to each, move the boat forwards. A drummer sitting in front picks up the rhythm of the foremost pair of paddlers (the 'beat row') and lays down an even beat for all the paddlers in the boat. The helmsman stands in the stern.
Traditional dragonboats are works of art, heavy and hewn from solid wood. Their builders decorated them with large, artistic and colourful dragonheads and designs that showed the special character of the boat.
The dragonboat built to the international standard has little in common with the
ancient Chinese dragonboats.
It's a 12.50 m Canadian, with seating for 20 paddlers.
The hull is usually made of reinforced fibreglass. Dragonheads and tails are the same for all boats, detachable and usually fitted only at the completion of the boat.
This article is based on the dragonboat article from the free Encyclopedia Wikipedia under the terms of the GNU license for free documentation. A list of authors is obtainable at Wikipedia.
Read more at: www.drachenboot.haveltourist.de
Kids, kids! - a full entertainment programme
"I see my kids around here just before mealtimes. The whole day they're busy around the place." The mother who laments this actually looks really quite relaxed and amused. With so many offers for every age group bored kids are rare, and the parents have a little time for themselves. "There's so much done here (the Havelberge Camping and Holiday Resort) for kids," she says, "but my kids are drawn mostly to the children's play house."
Her kids are well known at the 'Animation House': "Many kids aren't here for the first time," say the young women of the team. "We recognise them from last year too."
The new kids feel equally at ease in the friendly bustle. They quickly let go of
their mother's or father's hand or slip from the lap.
The young women of the team are eager to offer something for every age level and temperament: "With almost a hundred children in the summer that's not so easy, but it is fun," they say.
There's a lot happening on the theme days: Knight and witches, Indians and pirates - fantasy land is only a blink of the eyes away.
Children from six years of age may also go on excursions, to the zoo, to the horse stables or to the fairy tale museum.
Late in the afternoons there is usually a kids' disco, and sometimes there's a whole week of practice for the children's shows on the stage at the restaurant. And so a full programme!
The mother who so freely lamented engaged in a little deception. Because naturally between mealtimes she would like to know where the next generation has hidden itself away: It's like that, because you never know where they take off to from the playhouse." And so the children have clear orders to stop by between games and tell her where they want to go. Otherwise the mother in truth happily spends time with the children: "Often we're at the new beach and playing in the sand. Or the kids are climbing over the big new playing ship."