Havel 2022

Hiking trip across the Havel lakes around Potsdam

1. to 4.9.2022 (without arrival and departure day)

All participants were enthusiastic. Alan from St. Pauls, Minnesota, had the longest journey.
He came by plane.
Maria came by bicycle.

A report with many pictures will follow. The most important thing is to announce already now: Wolfgang will organize a trip again next year!

On this hiking trip from 1.9. to 4.9.2022 (without arrival and departure) we see the Großer Wannsee, the Kleiner Wannsee, the Griebnitzer See and row past Potsdam to the Templiner See. Afterwards we continue to the Petzinsee, through the picturesque Wentowgraben, an enchanted narrow passage, into the Schwielowsee, along the Havel to reach the island town Werder. From there we row over the large and small Zernsee always further on the Havel to Deetz and back to Ketzin. From there we will row through the Sacrow-Paretzer canal via the Jungfernsee northeast of Potsdam back to the Wannsee. On Sunday, a spectacular trip across the Wannsee to Spandau is on the schedule. There we will "row" through the canals of "Little Venice" and then return to the rowing club in Potsdam. (In case of strong wind this trip has to be cancelled).

From the Potsdam Rowing Club Germania, which is located next to the Liebermann Villa, we will borrow 3 gig-boats for a maximum of 15 rowers (!). I already have a promise from Mr Langer!

The total distance on all 4 days rowing is just less than 130 km. The current is very low. We will also have problems with navigation and boat traffic. Therefore I expect a rowing speed of only about 5 km/h. Boarding and disembarking will be done in many places not via planks, but in the water (don't forget water shoes!).

A classic land service - as on rivers - is not planned, as the rowing participants will be driven back to the hotel in Potsdam from each of the stage destinations by large-capacity cabs. Instead, an attractive sightseeing program is planned for those who are not rowing.

I have chosen beer gardens for the evening meals together, not least because of the size of the group and the possibility of sitting outside in good weather.

I try to organise necessary journeys with large-capacity taxis.

Unser Hotel für die gesamte Zeit wird das Mercure Hotel Potsdam City (Lange Brücke, 14467 Potsdam, T: +49 331 2722, F: +49 331 272233, info@mercure-hotel-potsdam.de ) sein. Es liegt unmittelbar an den Havelterrassen zwischen Hauptbahnhof (400 Meter), Stadtschloss und Nikolaikirche.

A. Rowing programme

Wednesday. 31.8.2022
Individual arrival
19:00Arrival at the hotel and dinner with all participants
Thursday, 1.9.2022Distance rowing = 29 km
8:00Departure to the Rowing Club Germania am Wannsee, Am Großen Wannsee 46, 14109 Berlin
9:00-10:00Taking over the boats
10:00Departure via the small Wann lake, Griebnitzsee to Potsdamer Ruder-Gesellschaft (Olympic regatta course) (18 km)
Short break possible at Babelsberg beach bathing area (9 km)
13:00Docking at the Potsdamer Ruder-Gesellschaft (Olympia Regatta Course)
Lunch break at Märker-Bowling, Zum Bahnhof Pirschheide 3, 14471 Potsdam, Tel 0331/9510693
15:00Continue to the Werder (Havel) Rowing Club, Werderwiesen 18 14542 Werder (Havel) Contact Tel: 03327/741-816 (12 km)
18:00Transfer to the hotel
Friday, 2.9.2022Distance rowing = 28 km
8:00Departure to Werder
8:30From Werder via Ketzin to Deetz 20 km
13:00Trip from Werder via Ketzin to Deetz 20 kmPier in Deetz = 52.452483760151765, 12.763487910526583
13:30Lunch break Havelstübchen in Deetz, Zur Ziegelei 11, 14550 Groß Kreutz (Havel), phone: 033207 545565 (easy walk approx. 1.5 km)
15:30Departure to Ketzin (8 km)
17:30Seesportclub Ketzin e.V., Tel.: 033233 – 80463, ssc-ketzin@web.de
18:00Return to hotel
Saturday, 3.9.2022Distance rowing = 29 km
8:00Departure to Ketzin
8:30Departure through the Scrow-Paretzer Kanal- Fahrländer-see, Jungfernsee to the Heilandskirche at the Port of Sacrow (no flatbed, sandy beach) (20 km)
12:30Lunch break in the garden restaurant Giardino, Am Meedehorn 2, 14469 Potsdam, telephone 0331 27374570 and 01578 4638670 (easy walk approx. 1 km); afterwards visit to the World Cultural Heritage Site.
15:00Departure to the Rowing Club Germania at Wannsee (9 km)
18:00Return to hotel
Sunday, 4.9.2022Distance rowing = 27 km
8:00Departure to the Germania Rowing Club on Wannsee Lake
9:00Departure via Wannsee to the Academic Rowing Club in Berlin-Spandau (11 km)
13:30Continue through Little Venice (Hauptgraben, Großer Jürgen Graben, Südhafen, Havel) to the Academic Rowing Association of Berlin (Akademische Rudergesellschaft zu Berlin e.V.). (5 km)
14:30Short break at the Akademische Rudergesellschaft zu Berlin
15:00Return via Wannsee to the Rowing Club Germania (11 km)
17:30Drop off of the boats
18:00Transfer to the hotel
Monday, 5.9.2022Individual return trip home

B. Companions programme

Wednesday, 30.08.2022Individual arrival
20:00Dinner at the hotel, programme review
Thursday, 1.9.2022
10:00Guided tour of the Liebermann Villa (Wannsee)
Walk to the Pfaueninsel ferry (3.5 km)
12:45Pfaueninsel Inn
Tour Pfaueninsel
17:30- 18:30Return to hotel
20:00Dinner at the guesthouse brewery Meierei im Neuen Garten, Im Neuen Garten 10, 14469 Potsdam, Tel (0331) 704 32 11, Fax (0331) 704 32 13
eMail: kontakt@meierei-potsdam.de
Friday, 2.9.2022
10:00- 12:00Sightseeing Potsdam: Historic Centre - Old Market, Parliament & Old Ride
12:00- 14:00Lunch at Cafe&Restaurant Barberini
14:00- 15:30Guided tour of the Museum Barberini
Spaziergang durch Potsdam zum Hotel zurück
20:00Dinner at the Augustiner in the Dutch Quarter, Mittelstraße 18
14467 Potsdam, Tel. +49 (0)331 - 200 99 -580, Fax: +49 (0)331 - 200 99 -588
Email: info@augustiner-potsdam.de
Saturday, 3.9.2022
10:00- 12:00Tour of Sanssouci Palace and Park + New Palace
12:00Lunch at Krongut Bornstedt
14:00Meeting point Jägertor for the guided tour: Hunters, Uhlans and Russian Colonists
17:00Return to the hotel by taxi
20:00Abendessen im Potsdam Zur Historischen Mühle,
14469 Potsdam, E-Mail: moevenpick-pots-dam@marche-int.com ,
Tel. +49 331 28 14 93, Fax
+49 331 281 49 50
Sunday, 4.9.2022
Travel by taxi to Cecilienhof Palace, Im Neuen Garten 11, 14469 Potsdam
10:00-13:00 (departure with taxis)Tour of Cecilienhof (historic site of the Potsdam Conference + private rooms of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess)
13:30Arrival at the hotel
14:00- 16:00Departure in front of the hotel, pier Lange Brücke, for the boat trip across the Wannsee, scheduled trip € 23 each
20:00Dinner at the Restaurant Alter Stadtwächter
Schopenhauerstraße 33
14467 Potsdam
Telefon: 0331 / 90 37 41
Fax: 0331 / 95 11 87 3
E-mail: stadtwaechter@aol.com
Monday, 5.9.2022Individual return trip home

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