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Broad countryside, fresh food and the best in regional cuisine - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern indulges all your senses. The national parks, biospheres and nature reserves between the Baltic coast and the Lake District provide sanctuary to native plants and rare animal species. The unique countryside yields natural, sustainable products, which explains the prominence of the wellness factor in the Land. Menus feature high-quality regional products.
Unspoilt nature in MV. (Image: Peter Wernicke)
The unique landscape of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a precious haven for plants, animals and human beings and for this reason is under special protection. West of the Island of Rügen lies the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft national park. Exposed as it is to wind and water, the west coast of Darsser is constantly being reshaped by nature and gains eight to ten meters of land every year. These shallow-water areas are important feeding and resting grounds for the 250 species of migratory birds in the park. In the direct vicinity is Jasmund National Park, the smallest national park in Germany. Part of its beech woods were recognised as a World Natural Heritage site in June 2011. A part of the beech forest in Müritz National Park is also World Natural Heritage site. It is famous for its osprey and white-tailed eagles.
Today, the former internal German border area near Schaalsee lake is a protected nature reserve with the status of a UNESCO biosphere. A no-man’s land for many years, it has become a reserve for orchids, otters, bearded tits and fire-bellied toads. All of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern‘s landscape and coastal formations are represented in the UNESCO South-East Rügen biosphere reserve. The island of Vilm in the Greifswald Bodden is something really special: Nature has been able to develop here almost completely undisturbed for several centuries.
The characteristic rows of trees have long been one of MV’s sights.
The many avenues are typical for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The region with the most avenues after Brandenburg could cover the distance from Lisbon to Moscow with the trees along its streets: precisely 4,374 kilometres. As long ago as the 18th century, avenues were planted along roads – to improve orientation and to protect travellers. Today, the oldest avenue trees in the region are around 250 years old. Rügen is especially well known for its avenues. The German Avenue Route which leads right across Germany down to Lake Constance, begins there.
Look a crocodile in the eye, observe a pack of wolves or to feel as if you are in Africa after just a few steps: that is also possible in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, because exciting experiences with nature are guaranteed in the zoos and animal parks of the region. 3,400 animals from all over the world live in Rostock Zoo, the largest zoo on the German Baltic coast. By contrast, the main focus in Güstrow Nature and Environment Park is the nature of the region.
It is in the nature of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern that sustainable agriculture, environmental farming and nutrition science are among the most important sectors of the economy. Around 5,000 farms produce here in the North, some 800 of them being organic, accounting for over nine per cent of agricultural land. Local products include the blue sweet lupin, the proteins of which are an outstanding substitute for milk products and which is thus an innovative alternative to soya.
Protein from the blue lupin is used in food production. (Image: JKI Groß Lüsewitz)
Companies from MV such as Nestlé, Arla Food or Biosanica, which operate successfully across Europe and the world, show just how attractive a location Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is for food industry. Committed to joint, innovative activities, regionalism and sectoral development, more than 100 enterprises from the food sector have joined together in Agrarmarketing Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V. (AMV) and more than 60 gastronomists, producers and processers in "ländlichfein", an initiative seeking to promote the best regional and environmental projects meeting the highest demands in terms of manufacturing, processing and preparation. The "Food Academy" association promotes young talent, vocational training for career changers and the enhancement of familiarity with food branch professions.
Indulgence and taste have their home in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. For in the north, manufacturers, producers and restaurateurs devote a lot of time to quality. This can be seen in regional products such as succulent Müritz lamb, fresh whitefish caviar, delicately aromatic wild herbs or the ever more popular Baltic houting, which is valued in top restaurants beyond the borders of the region. To what culinary heights this regional consciousness for quality motivates is shown by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s ten celebrity chefs. Their craftsmanship and their skilful mixture of creativity and down-to-earthness are valued and awarded prizes internationally.