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Top 10 attractions and things to do in Brandenburg

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Best things to do in Brandenburg:

  • Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam
  • Cecilienhof Palace, Potsdam
  • City Palace, Potsdam
  • Park Branitz
  • Spreeweltenbad in Lübbenau

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1. Explore royal residences in Rheinsberg

Prussian ruler Frederick II was so fond of the town of Rheinsberg, he lived there as crown prince. Now you can tour the royal residence and gardens on the water – heck, you can even jump in a horse drawn carriage if you’re feeling fancy.

How to get to Rheinsberg from Berlin: 1 hour and 20 minutes by car

 

Rheinsberg

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2. Visit the Brandenburg Christmas Markets

In Brandenburg an Havel, the Christmas Market season kicks off on November 22nd with gluhwein, pretzels and fairy lights by the dozen. In Neustädtischer Markt you can shop for Christmas presents, new wooly hats and brittle wreath or egg cookies for your own Christmas kitchen. There’s even more fun in Cottbus, with a ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds and craft stalls under the 1000 Moravian stars (that’s literally what this Christmas market is called – Weihnachtsmarkt der tausend Sterne!). In Postdam, you can enjoy the historic sites and streets of the “Blauer Lichterglanz” Christmas market. Alternatively, you can also enjoy punting tours even in the coldest season of the year and enjoy “Spreewald Christmas” in Lehde.

Brandenburg Christmas Markets

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3. Warm up in Tropical Islands Resort

It’s mid-November. It’s 25°C, you’re in a deckchair and you’re in the middle of Brandenburg, nursing a mojito. Unlikely as it is, Brandenburg has one of Europe’s biggest indoor beaches inside Tropical Islands Resort. This indoor, tropical beach park measures 360 metres long, 210 metres wide and an incredible 107 metres high (it’s also where you’ll find Germany’s biggest water slide). The rainforest covers 10,000² metres, and there are 50,000 species of plant here.

How to get to Tropical Islands from Berlin: 1 hour on the train from Berlin Central

4. The Spreewald

The Spreewald has many locations and towns for you to explore on your visit. You can see old traditional Spreewald houses that stand on natural waterways are called “Fließe”, learn more about the culture and tradition. The incredible landscape and natural beauty of Spreewald Forest boasts of an exceptional natural habitat and intertwined network of water streams. The beauty of the meadows and fields combined with the unique habitat provides a home to a diverse flora. The best way to explore is to go on a hiking or cycle tour which also includes “a cucumber bike path” and refers to the most famous and widely popular product of the region.

How to get to Spreewald Forest (Lübbenau) from Berlin: 1 hour s on the train from Berlin Ostbahnhof

Spreewald

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5. Enjoy a punt ride through the Water Maze

The Spreewald Forest has an incredible network of streams and rivers. A quiet and peaceful water tour in the streams can be a romantic treat for your loved ones. As the punt floats in the streams, you can cosy up with plenty of blankets and enjoy a hot drink during the ride. The unique maze can be discovered from the water inside the Spreewald barge. Simply relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings.

How to get to Spreewald from Berlin: 1 hour and 10 minutes driving from Berlin Central

Spreewald

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6. Beelitz Heilstätten Tree Top Walk

The history of Beelitz Heilstätten dates back to the end of the 19th century when it was used as a sanitorium. Enjoy the mix of nature, history and architecture by walking on paths that run along the top of the forest. The impressive panoramic views on the path as well as at the high observation tower will give you a chance to see the vast surroundings of the largely abandoned site of the Beelitz Sanatorium.

How to get to Beelitz Heilstätten from Berlin: 36 minutes on the train from Berlin Zoologischer Garten

Beelitz Heilstätten

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7. Swimming with Penguins in Spreewelten Bad Lübbenau

Ever swam with a penguin before? The whole family has the chance to in Spreewelten Bad Lübbenau. These inquisitive little folks will play alongside you, following hand movements or bright colours, only separated by a glass wall. Make sure you visit at 11.00 am and 3.30 pm for feeding times. Learn more about the penguin pools here. If you don’t fancy playing with penguins, there’s a spa on site with a massage parlour too. The mud and thermal baths are also favourite for a short weekend break.

How to get to Spreewelten Bad Lübbenau from Berlin: 1 hour and 23 minutes by car

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8. Explore Cottbus quaint Old Town

Cottbus in a city in the south of Brandenburg, and it’s the centre of the Lusatia region. The jewel of this small city is the pastel-hued Altmarkt, perfect for strolling round, drinking hot chocolates and photographing the pristine old town. Make a beeline for Spremberger Turm (the old clock tower), as you’ll get a great view from the top and a workout as you walk up. Branitz Park near Cottbus is internationally acclaimed for its landscape gardening. Created from what was once a flat garden, visitors are met with beautifully created surroundings with slopes and ponds portraying the art of landscaped gardens.

How to get to Cottbus from Berlin: 1 hour and 20 minutes on the train from Berlin Central

Cottbus

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9. Find the palaces and gardens of Potsdam

Prussian monarchs left their mark on Potsdam, with 150 buildings constructed between 1730 and 1916. The Palaces line the River Havel and Lake Glienicke, making it a beautiful city to walk around. In fact, there’s so much history here that parts of Potsdam were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1990, including Sanssouci Palace and Babelsberg Park. The Cecilienhof Palace which is in the “Neuer Garten” is a very popular attraction due to its place in history. The Russian colony of Alexandrovka, the Dutch quarter and its antique shops and the Bohemian weaver settlement of Nowawes are all part of Potsdam’s history which you can explore.

How to get to Potsdam from Berlin: 30-40 minutes on the train from Berlin Central (The S-Bahn arrives every 10 minutes)

Potsdam

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10. Find Russia in Alexandrowka

These thirteen wooden Russian style houses bring a touch of rural Russia to north Potsdam. Alexandrowka was built around 1826, as the wish of former Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm III for 12 Russian singers of the soldier choir. These chocolate-box houses are now privately owned, but worth squeezing into a bike tour of Potsdam if you’re interested in this area’s diverse past.

Alexandrowka

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