Lewitz is a unique landscape in Mecklenburg, located between Schwerin, Neustadt-Glewe and Banzkow, and originally stretching over approx. 15,000 hectare (150,000,000 sqm). It was formed 5,000 years ago, in the post-glacial period, and throughout history, it became property of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg. For many centuries, it had been soggy marsh- and fenland with abundant wildlife and rich timber resources. The name “Lewitz” comes from the Slavic word “Lowitz”, meaning roughly translated gathering or hunting. Following World War II, the State successfully invested in extensive and modern melioration methods to turn 7,300 hectare (73,000,000 sqm) wasteland-similar grassland into finally intensively cultivated pastures and meadows.
Today, part of the Lewitz area is protected landscape and nature sanctuary.
The Lewitz consists of ponds, small forests and pastures. The Müritz-Elde-Canal crosses the Lewitz in the south.
The publicly owned estate carries the name „Lewitz“ since February 7, 1959, and had been developing into an efficient, well-known cattle raising farm with 15,000 cattle of the German black and white Holstein breed.
Until the political turn of events in Germany, 5,000 young cattle were standing in the stables and on the pastures of the Lewitz stud, and their quality was very popular with both, customers from Germany and abroad.
In 1972, an interest group was founded to foster a pony breed with excellent riding horse qualities for children and young riders, the birth of the Lewitz paint.
When the political situation changed in Germany in autumn 1989, the melioration process was stopped and the former land was renaturalized into wet meadows and marshland. As a result, already displaced plants and animals resettled again. Ospreys, falcons, European otters, Northern crested newts and grass snakes can now be found again.