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Müritz National Park

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 district of Mecklenburgische Seenplatte. 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.

Müritz National Park
Müritz-Nationalpark
IUCN category II (national park)
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Käbelicksee, Müritz National Park
LocationGermany Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Nearest cityNeustrelitz, Waren
Coordinates53°26′22″N 12°50′12″E / 53.43944°N 12.83667°E / 53.43944; 12.83667Coordinates: 53°26′22″N 12°50′12″E / 53.43944°N 12.83667°E / 53.43944; 12.83667
Area318 km2 (123 sq mi)
EstablishedOctober 1, 1990 (1990-10-01)

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GeographyEdit

The National Park is divided into two separated areas, Müritz and Serrahn.[1] 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, including Bullowsee, 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.

Fauna and floraEdit

Notable animals in the 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 unspoiled nature in general, a lot of open common juniper stands can be found in the national park. They were formerly used for cattle grazing.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UNESCO Weltnaturerbe "Alte Buchenwälder Deutschlands"". Nationalparkamt Müritz. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-19.

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