Friday, June 17, 2011

Müritz National Park-Germany

The Müritz National Park (German: Müritz-Nationalpark) is a national park situated roughly in the middle between Berlin and Rostock, in the south of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It extends over large portions of the Müritz lakeland in the two districts of Müritz and Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Müritz National Park was founded in 1990. The total area is 318 km². Near the city of Waren visitors can get information on the national park at the Müritzeum.

The National Park is divided into two separated areas, Müritz and Serrahn: The first, larger portion extends from the eastern shore of Lake Müritz to the town of Neustrelitz. The latter, smaller part is situated east of Neustrelitz. The landscape features of the park are made up from terminal moraine, sandur and lowlands. 65 % of the territory is covered with forest, 12 % by lakes. The remaining area is made up of swamps or meadows.
Lake Müritz has an area of 118 km², but only its eastern shore is part of the National Park. The towns of Waren and Neustrelitz are the closest towns. There are about 100 lakes in Müritz National Park, and many more smaller waterbodies, runs, ditches and brooks. The Havel rises in the Müritz section, close to the water divide between the Baltic and the North Sea.

Famous animals in the National Park include the red deer, the crane, the white-tailed eagle and the osprey. Other animals include Great Bittern, Reed Warbler, Redshank, Greenshank, Black Stork, Crane, Teal, Garganey and Little Stint.
In addition to the unspoilt nature in general, a lot juniper can be found in the national park.

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