Ride Arab and Berber horses through the forests and lakes in the Brandenburg region of Germany, only an hour outside the German capital. You'll visit the palaces and mansions that shaped this region, riding past Hoppenrade Castle, through forests and small villages to Liebenberg Castle before finally reaching the baroque Meseberg Castle, known as the guesthouse of the German government. A relaxing short break for intermediate riders onwards interested in riding quality Arab horses through stunning scenery.

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Itinerary 2021

Day 1
Arrive in Germany at Berlin Airport before 7pm. Transfer to your first guest house (about an hour drive), after settling in the group come together to discuss the week ahead over a hearty dinner.

Day 2
Today you'll ride from Schönermark to Hoppenrade Castle. Once you arrive at the castle, relax with a picnic at the long table in front of the castle and a small reading from Fontane's “Five Castles". You can visit the park of the privately owned castle before continuing on to reach Schloß Liebenberg, where you'll be spending the night. Dinner and overnight at the castle.

Day 3
The riding today leads you through the Liebenberger Forest with its large stocks of fallow and mouflon. You'll have lunch in a traditional country inn before heading back to Liebenberg where you'll spend the night.  During the afternoon ride you'll see storks or cranes depending on the season.

Day 4
The final day, you'll ride through the Meseberger forest and lake chain all the way back to Schönermark. Lunch in Groß Mutz, one of the most beautiful villages in the country. Enjoy a farewell drink in front of the Meseberger Castle, the guest house of the government. The ride finishes at approx 5pm. You can either return to the airport or book to stay an additional night.

Transfers
Transfers are available from Berlin Schoenefeld SXF (90 minute drive, €150 per car, max 4 people). If you don't wish to pay for a private transfer it is also possible to reach the stables by train. Travel from either of Berlin's airports to Gransee by train. This is 2km from the stables and you can be collected by your hosts for a small fee of €10. All transfers are payable on site. 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The horses are a real mix - Arab, Berber, Lipizzaner. All are experienced trail horses, ideally suited to their job and friendly and good natured. The horses are very responsive yet easy to stop. Sizes vary but many are substantial: 14.2-16hh. There is a variety of tack available to suit everyone including English, Western, Trail saddles and even bitless bridles.


Rider requirements

Riders should be comfortable in walk trot and canter on a responsive horse and happy riding in open spaces. Helmets, chaps and raincoats are available to borrow, however they are not available in all sizes so we recommend bringing your own to ensure the correct fit. You must wear sturdy and closed footwear while riding. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness as you wil be spending between 4-6 hours a day in the saddle. On some sections of the trail you may need to dismount and lead your horse through rough terrain so you need to be able to mount and dismount.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 220 lb/100 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Accommodation is in a variety of small country guesthouses and castles. The standard of accommdoation is high in Germany with the twin or continental double (2 beds pushed together), the rooms are well decorated, neat and clean, all with private bathrooms (shower not bath usually). Single rooms are available for an additional supplement. Luggage is transported by vehicle to your hotel each night. The food is a real feature of this trail and regional specialities are emphasised en route. On the trail, full breakfasts are included at your accommodation each morning. Lunch and dinners are at hand-picked restaurants where a choice of dishes is available invariably with local specialities well represented. A variety of beers, wines and schnapps are specialities of the region and are available to purchase at the restaurants.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

British citizens and EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Germany but British citizens must be in possession of a valid passport.

The British embassy is located in Berlin

Address: Wilhelmstraße 70/71, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Switchboard: +49 (0)30 / 20457-0
0900 1700 661 Passport call centre (for callers within Germany)
0906 664 1717 Passport call centre (calls from the UK)

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany:
23 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PZ
Main switchboard: (020) 7824 1300
09065 540740 (Visa Appointment)
(020) 7823 2854 (Visa Hotline)
09065 508922 (Visa Telephone Information Service)
Email: info@london.diplo.de
Website: http://www.london.diplo.de

Climate Summary

Germany is ideal in spring and autumn and can be hot in the middle of summer. This trail does ride through many woods and is pleasant from April - October.

Climate Chart

Health

There are no specific health issues associated with travel to Germany.
You should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as German nationals. It also does not cover you for medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature.

Electricity

Electricity in Germany is 220V, 50Hz and sockets accept two round-pin plugs. Adaptors are easily available at airports.

Film and Camera Equipment

Electricity is available each evening for charging batteries etc. Please bring appropriate 2 pinned European adaptors.

Packing List

Each riding guest is limited to a maximum of 1 piece of luggage on this ride. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle between stops so loose objects or many small bags and pouches should be avoided. The luggage should be able to be carried by everyone in weight and size and should not be bulky or very fragile. Riding gear should be comfortable and tried and tested - jodhpurs/breeches, gloves, half chaps, riding shoes/boots. We strongly recommend wearing a correctly fitted riding hat. Layered clothing is useful, and a fleece or wool jumper may be required as early morning or late afternoon can be chilly depending on the time of year. Lightweight waterproofs are useful. Casual clothes for non-riding time. Don't forget to pack the insect repellant as ticks are present in forested areas in summer and of course a camera.

Programmes

A 3 night break with 3 riding days available on set dates.

Departure Dates

2021: 25 Mar; 15 Apr; 7 Oct; 4 Nov

Pricing
No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2021 - 3 nights4d/3n3double pp615
2021 - 3 nights4d/3n3single supplement23
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2021 - 3 nights4d/3n3double pp695
2021 - 3 nights4d/3n3single supplement25
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2021 - 3 nights4d/3n3double pp869
2021 - 3 nights4d/3n3single supplement32
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2021 - 3 nights4d/3n3double pp7,269
2021 - 3 nights4d/3n3single supplement265
Additional Night Pricing
  No of days/nights Product item description £
2020 - Per night + breakfast & dinnerper nightSingle room per night71
2020 - Per night + breakfast & dinnerper nightdouble pp58
  No of days/nights Product item description
2020 - Per night + breakfast & dinnerper nightSingle room per night80
2020 - Per night + breakfast & dinnerper nightdouble pp65
  No of days/nights Product item description $
2020 - Per night + breakfast & dinnerper nightSingle room per night99
2020 - Per night + breakfast & dinnerper nightdouble pp82
  No of days/nights Product item description SEK
2020 - Per night + breakfast & dinnerper nightSingle room per night839
2020 - Per night + breakfast & dinnerper nightdouble pp679
Other Country Information

Under German law police have the right to stop and ask for identification at any time so you should always carry your passport with you. This is the only acceptable form of ID for British citizens.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Berlin Schoenefeld SXF
Transfer:
2021: Available from Berlin Schoenefeld SXF (€180 per car, max 4 people).
Flight Guide:
London to Berlin from £55 return
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