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The stage actually starts at the 'Am Torfmoor' bus stop in Groß Grönau. The path leads directly passed Lübeck airport until Blankensee, which can be seen close by. After a short walk through the woods, there is a somewhat unattractive section on or alongside roads until it crosses the Elbe-Lübeck Canal in Krummesse. From here on, the stage starts to gain in appeal. The E1 follows the canal south until Klein-Berkenthin, where the path crosses the canal, taking in the beautiful Maria Magdalena Church and its grounds.

The trail follows gently rolling hills across fields and through some woods passed Klein Disnack to Buchholz, where a little pontoon jutting out in the lake offers a wonderful opportunity to sit and take a break. The is the Ratzeburger See, which the path follows until the city of Ratzeburg. The impressive cathedral, the Ratzeburger Dom is the symbol of the town and can be easily seen across the lake.

The E1, E6 and E9 long-distance paths all follow the course of this stage.

Last text update: 28.02.2018

Author(s) of this stage description: Sven Lewerentz, Daniel Seekamp

Translation by: Michael Alger


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Name of accomodation Place Price group*
5-15 € 16-30 € 31-45 € >45 €
Naturcamping Buchholz Buchholz
DJH Jugendherberge Ratzeburg Ratzeburg Kreuz-Icon
Campingplatz zur schönen Aussicht Römnitz Kreuz-Icon
Camping Schwalkenberg Ratzeburg Kreuz-Icon

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The Johanniskirche was built from 1230 on the high bank of the Stecknitz river, which was then expanded in the Middle Ages, first to the Stecknitz Canal and at the end of the 19th century to the Elbe-Lübeck Canal. The oldest part of the church is its square choir. This construction method, typical for rural church building in Saxony-Lauenburg, is one of the main differences to the somewhat older Vicelin-churches in the Holstein area north of Lübeck. A special feature for comparable churches in Schleswig-Holstein is the two nave nave with three bays on two central pillars. The tower was added around 1400, so that the original exterior portal has been the interior door ever since. The round arches of the tower windows are untypical of the late Gothic period.

Elbe–Lübeck Canal

The Elbe-Lübeck Canal connects the Elbe with the Trave. It was built between 1895 and 1900 and has a length of about 62 kilometres. The E1 runs between Krummesse and Berkenthin on its western bank. It is crossed again at Güster (stage 1.16).

Source: Wikipedia


The Church of Mary Magdalene in Berkenthin was built around 1230, although a tax list from 1194 already mentions a church in Berkenthin. The Church of Mary Magdalene has medieval and medieval mural paintings from the 19th century, a late baroque altar, a figure of Mary Magdalene from the 15th century, a tree trunk cross from the 14th century and a baptismal angel from 1734. 

Source: Wikipedia (german)

Ratzeburger Dom

In the north of the old town island of Ratzeburg is the Ratzeburger Dom (Ratzeburg Cathedral). This important testimony of Romanesque brick architecture was completed in 1220 after 60 years of construction. In front of the cathedral, donated by Henry the Lion, stands a replica of the Braunschweig Lion. Ratzeburg Cathedral does not stand directly on the path of the E1, a detour through Ratzeburg's old town with a few more sights is very worthwhile. 


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