This peculiar geological formation was created as a result of melting glaciers (ca. 11,700 years ago) when huge masses of water formed the now several kilometers wide glacial valley named the Toruń-Eberswalde Urstromtal. The strong erosion processes, however, spared a patch of the former face of the earth – the Reitwein Tip, which looks like a hill with a distinctive, long and narrow shape, deep ravines and steep slopes. Above one of these steep slopes with vertical cliff walls, an attractive vantage point has been placed. This unique topography and location among the low-lying wetlands was utilized by the Slavs already in the 8th-10th century, when two magnificent fortifications with a well-preserved ring of ramparts existed here. They still give the onlooker an idea of the size of the fortifications that were located here. They are found at the eastern edge of the Tip (about 1.5 km from Reitwein). In the western part of the tip, you will find the so-called Zhukov’s Bunkers – war fortifications used by the Soviets in the spring of 1945 during their march on Berlin.
The tip is clearly visible from this road and there are signposts that direct visitors to the village of Reitwein. As you visit it, we recommend you also see the church, beautifully integrated into the slope. It is also a great starting point where you can leave your car and go on a trip around the Reitwein Tip. After 2-3 hours and walking for about 4 km, you can return here another way, visiting all the aforementioned locations as you go. The good gravel and dirt roads are sutiable for arranging a cycling tour. The German village of Reitwein is within 10 km from Kostrzyn, from where you can drive for 5 km along the road 1 (in the direction of Berlin), and turn left in Manschnow, taking the road 112. The tip is clearly visible from this road and there are signposts that direct visitors to the village of Reitwein.