Die historische Salzstraße

Discovering the historic salt road in Vogelparkregion Recknitztal.

Salt was once very important in the Vogelparkregion Recknitztal. It was produced in Bad Sülze and transported through the whole region up to the Baltic Sea to ship it to other cities. Nowadays, many companies connect to this old tradition of the formerly called „white gold“.

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In Nature

Length: One day trip

Season: Spring, Summer & Fall

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Kurpark Bad Sülze

The spa park of Bad Sülze invites all guests to linger and relax. Take a walk along the trees or visit the nearby salt meadows.


1 hour

The park in Bad Sülze invites you to linger. The 13 hectare big Park with mature trees, ornamental trees, extensive Rhododendron groves and flower borders enchants with its natural strength. Lay down on one of the park benches and loungers and take in the special atmosphere of nature. While the thoughts are roaming, nature comes to life: songbirds, insects and maybe even cranes will fly by.

In autumn, thousands of dahlia blossoms in countless colors welcome the guests.

Lovingly designed sculptures await you at the annual dahlia festival. The nearby salt museum provides lots of information about the history of the salt production. The outdoor graduation tower in the museum’s garden is a special highlight. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of homemade cake while you listen to the brine dripping down the blackthorne.

Saline 9, 18334 Bad Sülze, Germany


The river Recknitz flows peacefully through the region. Enjoy the different landscapes along the river course and meet some wild animals along your way.


2 hours

The river Recknitz invites guests to enjoy a decelerated trip into the wonderful river landscape. Most of the river’s course is untouched or rewilded. It meanders through a wide ice-aged glacial valley. Guests can take an easy and very relaxed ride on the river by canoe, stand up paddle board or raft. With just a few paddle strokes you dive into a world full of silence, calmness and beauty.

Close to the canoeing rental station of Marlow, you can find the old boat with more information about the smuggler at the river Recknitz.

Försterei 3 Recknitzbrücke L18 Marlow, 18334 Semlow, Germany

Salzmanufaktur M-V

The salt manufactory MV is one of the hidden treasures in the region. In the heart of the little village Trinwillershagen, Axel Günther built his own salt tower.


1.5 hours

Enjoy the salty air in the tower of the salt manufactory. The healthy effect of the brine will sooth your lungs and skin. The tower shaped like a salt crystal is made out of 32t of Himalayan salt blocks. The in-house graduation tower creates a special relaxing atmosphere supported by calming music and special lighting.

The little shop offers different gourmet salt products. Flavours like „Recknitztaler Fischsalz“ and „Ostseebrise“ bring you the taste of the region. You can join a salt tasting and learn more about the different kinds of salt.

Feldstraße 10, 18320 Trinwillershagen, Germany

Hafen Damgarten

Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at the Damgarten harbor.

The harbor of Damgarten offers space to rest for the whole family. Enjoy a picknick at one of the tables or start the grill to cook your own dinner.

Watch the old boats in the harbor and learn more about the history of the place. Nearby shops and restaurants are happy to welcome visitors. The local rowing club takes care of the rental station so you can start your own trip on the bodden or the river Recknitz. You can make a choice between canoes and paddle boats. After a few paddle strokes, you will enter the peaceful river landscape.

Kanuverleih Hafen Damgarten, Schillstraße, Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany

How to get around

The history of salt in the Vogelparkregion Recknitztal traces back into the 13th century. In the old town Bad Sülze, salt was gained via vaporization of the salty ground water (sole). In the beginning of the process, the sole dripped over a graduation tower to use the natural humidification for increasing the salt degree in the water. After the drying process, the salt was poured in big pouches and loaded onto boats. Those transported the salt on the river Recknitz passing by Damgarten and Dierhagen until the boats entered the Baltic Sea. The precious load finally arrived at the salt storage depot of the Grand Duke in the hanseatic city of Wismar.

Touristic providers in the region pay tribute to the Historic Salt Road and revive it in sometimes even modern ways. Visit museums, cafés, the salt manufactory, jewelry ateliers, restaurants – they will show you the diversity of salt. All participating facilities invite you to be a smuggler – they will give you two little souvenirs, one to keep for yourself and one to trade at the next station for new souvenirs. The choice is yours: You can go by bike, take a canoe, or go by ferry on the bodden. The Historic Salt Road has a lot to offer – start your journey of discovery and experience salty cultural and culinary treasures.

Your mode of travel makes a difference!

A major part of traveling is getting from place to place. Whether you are abroad or traveling in the local or regional communities. There are multiple transportation options to choose from but as a wellbeing guest, with the intention of doing good, a sustainable transport mode is to be preferred. Sustainable transport systems make a positive contribution to the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the communities they serve.

In the example below, you can see how different transport choices give more or less CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometers. We hope it can help you make changes on the way you get around.

Background and assumptions to the calculation

The length of the route is 38 km.

In the examples below we have the following assumptions:

  • All drivers have a fuel-efficient way of driving.
  • The calculation for buses considers that they are operating in partial load capacity.
  • CO2 emission for electric vehicles may vary based on how electricity is produced.
  • We use a single average for biogas emissions, although it may vary according to the production mode.

Note: The transport modes below are for comparison purposes. Check their availability at your destination. Different transport modes may affect the suggested length of the route.

Choose wisely and reduce your carbon footprint!
Rower - 0 g/CO2

Najlepszy wybór, Niewielki wpływ

Electrical Bike
Rower elektryczny - 69,7 g/CO2

Niewielki wpływ

Electric Public Transport
Elektryczny transport publiczny - 591 gCO2

Umiarkowany wpływ (provided that the Bus is well filled)

Electric Public Transport
Transport publiczny na biopaliwa - 313 gCO2

Umiarkowany wpływ (provided that the Bus is well filled)

Public Transport
Transportem publicznym - 1026 g/CO2

Umiarkowany wpływ (provided that the Bus is well filled)

Electric car
Samochód elektryczny - 786 g/CO2

Umiarkowany wpływ (Medium sized electric vehicle)

Biofuel car
Samochód na biopaliwo - 537 gCO2

Umiarkowany wpływ (Medium sized biogas vehicle)

Samochodem - 2057 g/CO2

Wysoki wpływ (Medium sized diesel vehicle)

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