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Brandenburg Trails, Germany





Horses



Type of horses:

Shagya Arab horses.

Nature of horses:

Safe and hardy, with great heart.

Height of horses:

14.2hh - 16hh

Weight limit:

85 kg

Tack type:

English.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Discover the beauty of the Furstenberg forests and lakes region of northern Germany whilst riding beautiful Shagya Arabs. This region is dominated by spectacular pine and beech forests interspersed with numerous lakes. You will discover Muritz national park which is one of Germany's oldest national parks.

Ride across open prairies and on grassy forest tracks; race along sandy tracks perfect for exhilarating canter and climb up and down inland sand dunes. Small hills and valleys, open heath areas with purple heathers and large open meadows unfold before you as you journey across this unspoilt landscape.

On these rides you leave the horses out on the trail each night and return to the farm by vehicle, so that you do not need to keep packing your belongings and can kick-back and relax.

There are a mixture of itineraries depending on how long you wish to be away from home, with short 3 night itineraries perfect for long weekends or longer 6 or 7 night itineraries for those who wish to discover more of this region.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in a private bungalow with double or twin bedrooms and individual bathrooms with showers. The style is basic but comfortable, with hot and cold running water, electricity, wifi and a TV if you should fancy it.

The bungalow is located just 200 meters from the lake, which is perfect for a refreshing swim in the summer or if you are more adventurous you could take out a canoe or motorboat.

All meals are included together with soft drinks and water. Alcoholic drinks such as beer or wine can be bought locally (at own expense).

 

Activities

The focus is on riding, but the lakes and landscapes are ideal for hiking if you have any energy left at the end of the day. You can take a dip in the lake to cool off too.

 

Further Details

Languages: German and English.

Health requirements: General good health is recommended.

Age limit: 14 years or older. Children should be confident and competent riders, happy to ride forward going Arab horses as there are no ponies available.

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation (based on double rooms), full board meals and riding as per the itinerary.

Not included: Transfers, drinks, other activities not mentioned in the itinerary, travel insurance and flights.

 

Travel Information

Flights should be scheduled to Berlin, from where you will be able to take a train to the nearby town of Fürstenberg - a very comfortable journey of roughly 1 hour each way from Berlin Central Station.

Your hosts will be able to meet you here and transfer you to the riding centre at an additional cost of 10€ per person (to be paid direct on arrival).

Alternatively if you would like to hire a car in order to reach the riding centre, we are more than happy to provide driving directions for you.

Airport: Berlin Schönefeld Airport

 

Programmes


Furstenberg Forest Trail



Discover one of the most beautiful areas of Germany on this riding trail through the Furstenburg forest and lakes region. Ride through ancient beech forests, past clear lakes and across wide heaths and hidden moors. The landscape is varied and the sandy tracks, open prairies and meadows are perfect for canters.

On this trail ride, your horses stay out on the trail but you return to your comfortable accommodation at the farm each night, so you can unpack and relax!

Please note that the itinerary may vary slightly depending on local conditions, but always with your best interests at heart.

Day One:

You will be collected from Furstenberg railway station (transfer payable locally 10 €) and transferred to your accommodation at the stables. Depending on your time of arrival you may be able to meet the horses in their meadow before dinner.

Day Two:

After breakfast, you meet your horse and set out on your first ride. Follow sandy tracks past Stolpe and Sidow Lakes until reaching the small town of Himmelpfort which is famous for housing Santa Claus' office - the so-called Christmas Post Office employs 20 people to answer children's letters to Santa! Continue riding to Bredaeiche where they make goat cheese in the dairy. You stop for lunch at the Regow watergate before continuing through the narrow Schorf-heath and into Annenwalde. You leave your horses here and are transferred back to the farm for dinner and to overnight.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Three:

After breakfast you are transferred back to Annenwalde to re-join your horses. Today's ride passes through forests and meadows until reaching Kustrinchen late in the afternoon.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Four:

Today you ride from Kustrinchen to Laeven. You journey is on incredible sandy tracks which invite you to canter through the beautifully clear forests.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Five:

Today's ride takes you through Muritz national park, through ancient beech forests and past lakes and wetlands. You end the day at Goldenbaum.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Six:

Having crossed Germany's oldest nature reserve, you now circle the Thym Lake on your route back to the stables. Say farewell to the horses and enjoy a final dinner with your fellow guests.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Seven:

After breakfast you will be transferred back to the train station in Furstenberg.



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: You need to be an intermediate rider, capable of riding in all three paces in open areas.
Type of ride: Trail ride
Total riding time: 7 days / 6 nights. 5 days riding
Departure dates: 2017:
14-20 June
 
Pricing: 2017:

£699 per person sharing
£77 single supplement

Transfers are an additional €10





Feldberg Lakes Trail



Ride through the beautiful Feldberg Lake region which is part of the Brandenburgische natural park along with Uckermarkische Lakes. Ride across hillsides, sandy lowlands, inland dunes and moors as you pass numerous lakes - 50% of this area is pure forests and water.  If you are lucky you may spot eagles, osprey, beaver and otter as your journey through this paradise.

Please note that itineraries may vary depending on local conditions - if the weather is great then you may ride a little longer, but if it is inclement you will ride a slightly shorter route. You will always ride for 4-6 hours.

Day One:

You will be collected from Furstenburg train station and transferred to the farm (10€ per person payable locally). If you arrive early enough, you can meet the horses in their paddocks before dinner.

Day Two:

After meeting your horses, you set off on sandy tracks past the lakes of Sidow and Stolp to reach the small town of Himmelpfort which is renowned to contain Santa Claus' office - the post office here employs 20 people to reply to the children's letters each Christmas. Continue riding to Bredereiche where they make goat cheese in the dairy. Stop for lunch at the Regoq watergate before continuing through the narrow Schorf-heath and into Annenwalde. Leave your horses and transfer back to the farm to sit around the campfire.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Three:

After breakfast you are transferred back to Annenwalde to re-join your horses. Today's ride leads you through deserted forests in the north to Thymen Lake. Crossing heath lands spread with heather and a nature reserve you eventually reach Dahmshohe. Head back on beautiful riding paths.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Four:

Today you ride from Kustrinchen to Laeven, journeying on incredible sandy tracks which invite you to canter through the beautifully clear forests.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Five:

Today's ride takes you through Muritz national park, through ancient beech forests and past lakes and wetlands. You end the day at Goldenbaum.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Six:

After breakfast, set off ridingsouth to Alttyhmen.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Seven:

Your final day of riding takes you past one of Germany's oldest nature reserves and along the idyllic Kastaven lakes before heading back to the stables.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Eight:

After breakfast you are transferred to Furstenberg train station to travel home.



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: You need to be at least an intermediate rider, happy in all three paces across varied terrain. There are some long days in the saddle and opportunities for fast riding.
Type of ride: Trail ride
Total riding time: 8 days / 7 nights. 6 days riding.
Departure dates: 2017: 16-23 June
 
Pricing: 2017:

£997 per person sharing
£89 single supplement

Transfers from Furstenhof train station are 10€ per person, payable locally.




Spring, Summer and Autumn Trails



On this short break you can discover the beautiful nature parks of northern Germany with idyllic lakes and plentiful forests. Ride across picturesque moorland, open meadows and on soft forest trails. The long sandy tracks are perfect for exhilarating canters.

Please note that the itinerary is flexible and you return to your accommodation each night so you do not need to unpack. Below is a possible itinerary for your stay, but the actual route will depend on the wishes of the group:

Day One:

You will be met at Furstenberg railway station and transferred to the farm and your accommodation (10€ per person for the transfer, payable locally).

Day Two:

Meet the horses and set out on a full day ride with picnic lunch. Ride along stunning green and soft forest paths which lead to the lakes of Stolpe and Sidow and onwards to Himmelpfort. Continue riding towards Bredereiche where you leave your horse out on the trail and return by vehicle to the farm for dinner and to overnight.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Three:

Transfer back to your horses for a second full day of riding. Ride towards Templin, stopping for lunch at a biological goat cheese factory neat the watergate of Regow. Afterwards cross the narrow Schorf-heath which has beautiful blossoms in August.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Four:

Ride past wide fields and shady forests until reaching Annenwalde.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Five:

From Annenwalde, ride back home through endless forests and if your energy levels allow, follow the leaf covered hiking trail alongside the twinkling Platkow lake.

c. 4-6 hours riding

Day Six:

After breakfast you are transferred back to the railway station to return home.



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: You should be an intermediate rider, happy in all paces.
Type of ride: Trail ride
Total riding time: 6 days/ 4 nights. Four days riding
Departure dates: 2017:
24-29 May, 23-28 August, 29 September-4 October
 
Pricing: 2017:

£673 per person sharing
£64 single supplement

Transfers from Furstenberg railway station are 10€ per person