Last Updated on 09/05/2023
We go further with the topic what to see in Brandenburg. This time I describe the regions north of the A10 autobahn. The main place is here Potsdam.
Of course, apart from Berlin and Potsdam, Spreewald, there are not many truly interesting sights in Brandenburg left. There are several ruins of monasteries, many castles rebuilt and converted to other needs, there are a huge number of lakes, but the Brandenburgers were somewhat less fortunate with cultural trips for the day.
North – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
South – Brandenburg What to see. Part 1
East – Baltic sea coast. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from Lübeck to Rostock, Saxony-Anhalt North
Next up is Havelland. In this region, not just a lot, but plenty of water – the middle Havel river forms lakes, some of them very large. For those who wish – cruises of any duration (from Berlin or Potsdam).
1. What to see in Potsdam
Potsdam sightseeing means palaces and parks.
More about Sanssouci Park
More about the New Palace
Read more about New Garden and Cecilienhof Palace
The palace and park ensemble of Potsdam does not seem to need advertising. Sanssouci, New Palace, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, Marble Palace will require at least two days of exploration.
Babelsberg Palace with a park, probably just opened after repairs. It’s still three hours. Let’s not forget Aleksandrovka and the Dutch Quarter, which can be seen on the way to New Garden.
Active travelers should pay attention to tickets: Tageskarte (all palaces except Sanssouci), Premium-Tageskarte (all palaces, including Sanssouci), similar family tickets.
Be sure to check if the palace you are interested in is open. For many years, the palaces of Potsdam have been undergoing extensive restoration, the palaces are being closed one by one.
Further, palaces in the vicinity of Postdam may attract your attention:
– Palace on Peacock Island (Pfaueninsel, 2)
train to Wannsee, then bus 218 and ferry to the island
or water taxi / tram from Potsdam to Glienicke Bridge, from there walk 3 km to the ferry to the island),
– Palace Paretz (Schloss Paretz, 3). Summer residence built in the early 19th century. The palace was restored only 10 years ago, and furniture and valuable wallpaper with drawings were returned to it.
Bus 614 from Potsdam station
– Palace Caputh (Schloss Caputh, 4). Another summer residence. This is the only surviving palace, representing the period of the late 17th century. In almost all rooms, stucco molding and paintings have been preserved intact; interior items also belong to the 17th century and were brought from the palaces of Potsdam and Berlin.
Train or ship from Potsdam.
Other Potsdam attractions
– Observation deck at the church of St. Nicholas
– Tropical greenhouse. Tropical plants, fish, frogs, birds (www.biosphaere-potsdam.de/)
– Volkspark with playgrounds (including for small kids and water), a giant slide, minigolf, trampolines, theme gardens (rhododendrons, dahlias, etc.), free barbecue areas, etc. (www.volkspark-potsdam.de)
– Filmpark Babelsberg (www.filmpark-babelsberg.de/). Attractions associated with the process of creating films, shows
– Children’s Science Museum (www.extavium.de). Interactive expositions, short half-hour sessions in the laboratory. Families can register their interest for classes in laboratories at the box office.
– Rope park (www.abenteuerpark.de/)
5. Werder (Havel)
A city in the middle of the water, once the property of the Lehnin Monastery.
Werder is known for its festival of blossoming spring trees (Baumblütenfest in late April – early May, several hundred thousand people visit). The historical center of the city is located on an island. Old fishermen’s houses, narrow streets, a mill have been preserved.
6. Brandenburg an der Havel
Brandenburg an der Havel, once the capital of the mark, and then a major industrial center, is now in danger of being dissolved among the many surrounding waters. It has already lost a quarter of its population since German unification.
During the Second World War, the city was destroyed by 70 percent because of the factories located in it.
Some historical buildings have been preserved:
Gothic cathedral (12th-14th centuries),
Katharinenkirche (early 15th century),
Gotthardtkirche (early 15th century),
medieval city wall towers,
town hall (late Gothic brick building),
a statue of the knight Roland (5.35 m high), erected in front of the town hall in 1474 as a symbol of the city’s independence.
The most interesting museum is the Brandenburg Industrial Museum (www.industriemuseum-brandenburg.de), where you can see the steel-smelting open-hearth furnace, as well as an exhibition of bicycles, baby carriages, motorcycles and Brennabor cars.
Prignitz and Ruppiner Seenland
Neuruppin offers a (small) number of historic buildings, a thermal pool with healing hot mineral water and a “wild” park nearby, as well as steamboat rides.
Get by train.
A city in the edge of lakes with a picturesque castle near the water.
The settlement is relatively old; a castle was built on this site already in the 15th century. In the 18th century it was bought by Friedrich Wilhelm 1 for the crown prince, the future Frederick the Great. Frederick the Great reconstructed the castle, and after ascending the throne, gave it to his brother.
During the GDR, the palace was a clinic. Now, after restoration, it is open as a museum. The palace also houses the museum of the writer Tucholsky. It is very difficult to judge how interesting the interiors are, since there are practically no photographs.
You can get in the summer from Berlin using two trains. In winter – train + bus.
9. Fürstenberg (Havel)
is located just an hour by train from Berlin, has been proudly called the “water city”. Attractions are mainly natural, recreational and sports – huge water spaces, cycling, running, etc.
A city surrounded by fortified walls of the 14th century. There are towers of the 15th century, a Gothic church of the 14th century, the ruins of a monastery of the 13th century.
You can get there by train. http://www.gransee.de
11. Mildenberg Ziegelei
Museum of the former brick factory. You can ride on various trains, children can also play on the playground with labyrinths.
Ziegeleipark and how to get to it
Do you want to admire the storks without driving to Alsace? One of the places where this can be done is the small town of Linum. It is easier to go by car, as the bus from the city of Kremmen does not always run. In spring and autumn, this place is overflowing with tens of thousands of birds and a slightly smaller number of people who want to see this spectacle. You will be able to see numerous cranes stopping on their way to eat.
How it is organized for people – do not ask, I did not find information. There is a certain information center NABU, which opens in mid-April. http://berlin.nabu.de
A palace with a collection of porcelain, furniture and other works of decorative art, a large park in which festivals with fireworks are sometimes arranged in the summer.
There are also
thermal pool with a couple of slides (http://www.erlebniscity.de),
nearby farmers’ market with “egg road”, large playground (http://www.oberhavel-bauernmarkt.de/)
and an animal and recreation park – animals, swings, carousels (http://www.freizeitpark-germendorf.de/).
All this is very close to Berlin.
The most known attraction is the amusement park in the style of the Wild West – El Dorado (http://www.eldorado-templin.de/).
There is also a thermal pool with slides, salt water and a baby pool. (http://www.naturthermetemplin.de).
Railcar ride Templin – Furstenberg.
You can get there by train.
Quite a few old buildings, churches, a fortress wall with built-in houses. Completely restored Dominican monastery of the 13th century, not damaged during the Second World War http://www.prenzlau.eu).
As usual in Brandenburg, another large portion of water spaces.
You can get there by train from Berlin.
A small town near the water, with a restored historical center with a number of half-timbered houses, ancient churches, a partially preserved city wall and towers.
Get by train.
17. Kloster Chorin
Another, this time in the best preserved and restored form, an example of a brick Gothic and Cistercian monastery. The monastery was founded in the 13th century, secularized in the 16th century, then was abandoned, and in the 19th century. restored.
Historic center with city walls. Of greatest interest may be the medieval festival Hussitenfest
Märkischen Schweiz Nature Park. The Ausflugslinien Seenland
Müggelsee. Boat trips on a network of lakes http://www.reederei-kutzker.de
19. Bad Freienwalde and surroundings
The oldest resort in Brandenburg is Bad Freienwalde with a small castle and a park around it.
Brandenburg Open Air Museum in Altranft
Rathsdorf – Storchenturm, tower where storks nest
20. Schloss Gusow
Castle with historical museum with tin figurines
Spa town, center of the Märkischen Schweiz nature park. Castle, old railway, railway museum, beautiful green Schermützelsee lake
Old city with a fortress wall
Industrial Open Air Museum (http://www.museumspark.de/). Ancient limestone kiln, cement kiln, cranes and construction machinery, etc.
Small zoo with pets