Meeting point Adebar

Loud clattering accompanies travellers on this route through the biosphere reserve Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg. Prignitz has one of the highest stork populations in Germany.

On the wet fields along the Elbe, the Adebar (this is what storks are called in old German fables) find plenty of food. As they majestically sail through the air they show you the way to several observation points along the river and where the Havel meets the Elbe between the villages Abbendorf and Gnevsdorf. People in Rühstädt carry their noses high up in the air—and watch storks breed in about 30 nests.


The tour - 26,5 km

The tour runs along well constructed and signposted bike paths on the Elbe embankment and sparsely frequented roads.

Bad Wilsnack – Abbendorf – Gnevsdorf – Rühstädt – Groß Lüben – Bad Wilsnack

Die Tour nach Knotenpunkten

48 > 40 > 41 > 42 > 43 > 44 > 48 
Storch auf NahrungssucheFoto: Kathleen Awe

Description of the tour

  • Start: junction point 48 at the train station in Bad Wilsnack (connection to/from Berlin with the train RE 2; or parking spaces for cars)
  • 500 m further to the junction point 40 at the market place in Bad Wilsnack, the tourist information and the Wunderblut church St Nikolai, restaurants and cafés
  • further across wide fields to the junction point 41 in Abbendorf to the pleasure craft docks (8 km)
  • continue down the embankment along the Havel's receiving water course until junction point 42 at the Gnevsdorf weir where the Havel meets the Elbe (4 km)
  • leave Gnevsdorf and follow the embankment until you get to the turnoff towards Rühstädt and then go to junction point 43 in the European Stork Village Rühstädt with its visitor's centre, stork house, farm museum, church, palace with gardens, a photo point, nature stops and gastronomical offers (4 km)
  • further along the Karthane flood plains to the junction point 44 in Groß Lüben with its church and gastronomical offers (9 km)
  • then follow the way back to junction point 48 in Bad Wilsnack (3 km)
Wunderblutkirche Bad WilsnackFoto: Archiv TVP
RühstädtFoto: Michael Richter
Wehr GnevsdorfFoto: Archiv TVP