Get to Bad Belzig with regional express trains via Berlin which is perfectly connected to the German ICE network. At the Bad Belzig station take a bus line 591 to 'Klepzig, Wiesenburg (Mark)' and change cars at the final station to a bus line 592 to 'Niemegk Schule'. Exit at 'Raben' and walk 2 min.
Motorway A 9, take the exit no. 6 'Klein Marzehns' and go ahead in 'Raben' direction. There are parking opportunities at the roadside.
Between Good Friday and 3rd Advent there is a special bus during the weekends: the "Naturparkbus", which starts at the Bad Belzig station and ends up directly at the nature park where the initial point of the hiking trail 'Bergmolchwanderweg' can be found.
From the Berlin-Schönefeld airport take a regional express or an urban railway (S-Bahn) S7 to Bad Belzig. Here take a bus line 591 to 'Klepzig, Wiesenburg (Mark)' and change cars at the final station to a bus line 592 to 'Niemegk Schule'. Exit at 'Raben' and walk 2 minutes.
The Bergmolchwanderweg – named after the Bergmolch (Alpine newt) – is an 11 km long diversified hiking trail (loop road) around the Rabenstein castle (Burg Rabenstein) in Rabenstein / Fläming in Brandenburg.
The hiking trail is marked by a blue Alpine newt on white background. Starting at the 'Naturparkzentrum' (nature park center) the trail follows initially the main route 'E 11' (the European long distance hiking trail between Porta Westfalica and Frankfurt/Oder at the German-polish border). Approx. 100 meters after the city limit the trail turns right into the Planetal (Plane valley), which is an integral nature reserve since 1967. It's the living environment of many seldom kinds of plants and animals, such as buckbean, kingfisher, water ouzel, alpine newt as well as a couple of protected dragonflies.
Follow the signage 'Badeanstalt', leading you to an old swimming pool which is populated by newts nowadays – and they are really comfortable there. Stay at the right shore of the Plane creek and follow the path to a street. Follow the (always good visible) logo of the hiking trail here (the blue newt). The path leads you around the natural reserve area, alternately through moist riperian forests and dryer woods in the hinterland up to the old road between Grubo and Rädike.
Follow the gravel path on the right side and get to Rädike. In the center of the village you can watch a herd of mouflons. Go ahead in right direction, follow the small street uphill, passing a camping ground and then turn right into the forest (remember: always follow the blue newt on white background). There are some small differences in altitude to be overcome, then the Rabenstein castle (Burg Rabenstein) is reached. A large tower has been visible a time before – this one belongs to a falconry which is reached next.
After this, the track leads downhill back to the initial point. At the Naturparkzentrum (the initial point) there is a large playground with interesting equipment. This could be the perfect finish of a perfect day if your kids did the tour together with you.
The hiking trail Bergmolchwanderweg itself can be considered easy/intermediate. It's not too long, not too steep, and it's doable for kids as well as adults. You should calculate 4 hours for the tour.
Escape Address: Naturparkzentrum, Brennereiweg 45, 14823, Rabenstein/Fläming, Brandenburg, Germany
The Rabenstein castle (Fläming) – established in the high Mid Ages around 1210 –, the castle Eisenhardt, located at the southwestern city limits of Bad Belzig and castle Wiesenburg (first mentioned in the 12th century) are establishing the so-called "Burgendreieck" (castles triangle). All three castles are in a good condition even nowadays and are waiting to be viewed.
The Fläming area is well known as a region with many culinary specialities: Beelitzer Spargel (asparagus), pumpkins, potatoes, Teltower Rübchen (Teltow turnips), followed by deer and poultry. Additionally the region is well known for its schnapps and herb liquors. Numerous restaurants and inns invite the visitors for a perfect lunch or diner.
After an exhausting hike a visit in the 'Steintherme' Bad Belzig is the perfect closing of the day. Discover the 'BadeWelt' with brine baths (in- and outdoor), light and sound basins and way more. Or enjoy the 'SaunaWelt' with eight saunas and one steam bath. Enjoy the large wellness area with massages, beauty applications, physiotherapy and fitness training. This completes a perfect day.