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With one third of its area being a nature reserve, over 3000 lakes and only 84 people per square kilometre, Brandenburg is best known for its enchanting landscape and untouched nature. Shaded paths tempt young and old to go on bike trips or walking tours. With its close proximity to the German capital, it is an ideal day-trip destination from Berlin.

With one third of its area being a nature reserve, over 3000 lakes and only 84 people per square kilometre, Brandenburg is mainly known for its enchanting landscape and untouched nature. Shaded paths tempt young and old to go on bike trips or walking tours. With its close proximity to the German capital, it is an ideal day-trip destination from Berlin.

Potsdam Palaces and Parks

summer palace Sanssouci in Potsdam (Germany)
summer palace Sanssouci in Potsdam (Germany) in sunny ambiance© Colourbox

The spectacular palaces and parks built in and around Potsdam between 1730 and 1916 are a real visitor magnet from Berlin and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. Among the protected areas are: the palace and park of Babelsberg, the New Garden, as well as the palace and park of Sanssouci, which is often referred to as Prussian Versailles.

Filmpark Babelsberg

Babelsberg Filmpark
Babelsberg Filmpark© DZT

Steeped in history and studded with gorgeous castles, Brandenburg’s capital Potsdam is also home to the famous Babelsberg Film Studios. They are the world’s oldest large-scale studios and still the biggest studio complex in Europe. Since 1912 more than 3,000 movies, including some blockbusters, have been produced here. Visitors can explore the Studios’ most famous productions and rich history in the “Filmpark Babelsberg” theme park, which offers both fun activities and interesting insider details.

Lakes

Herbstmorgen im Spreewald
DEU/Deutschland/Brandenburg/Luebbenau, 28.09.2014, Herbst im Spreewald, Kaehne liegen am Ufer eines Spreewaldfliesses bei Luebbenau. // Autumnal landscape in the Spreewald in the morning, 28 Sept 2014. // **Foto: Andreas Franke** | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / zb

Brandenburg is defined by its waterscape of around 3,000 lakes, which offer something for everyone: small and large lakes invite you for a swim, a boat tour, a lakeshore picnic or a sunbath in the grass. Water-skiing and wakeboarding are also popular activities. Among Berliner’s and Brandeburger’s favourite lakes are the tranquil Stechlinsee, Werbellinsee, Schwielowsee and Scharmützelsee, which has thermal sources. The small town of Bad Saarow, on the north bank of the lake, is known for its spas and wellness resorts.

Spreewald

Herbst im Spreewald
DEU/Deutschland/Brandenburg/Lehde, 27.09.2014, Herbst im Spreewald, Landschaft mit spreewaldtypischem Haus an einem Fliess im Spreewalddorf Lehde bei Luebbenau. // Landscape in the Spreewald, Lehde (Luebbenau,Brandenburg) 27 Sept 2014. // **Foto: Andreas Franke** | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / zb

Best discovered by boat – as roads and paths are rare – the Spreewald (“Spree forest”) is a must for a Brandenburg holiday. Here, small streams and natural channels of the river Spree find their way through a dense forest to create a unique landscape, dubbed “Venice of Brandenburg”. As a UNESCO world heritage site and biosphere reserve, it offers fascinating and picturesque natural spectacles. The regional gherkins, “Spreewälder Gurken”, are popular throughout Germany.

The Sorbs

Fronleichnamsprozession der Sorben
Die Druschki, die sorbischen Brautjungfern, singen in ihren Trachten w�hrend der Fronleichnamsprozession am 15.06.2017 in Crostwitz (Sachsen). Im Freistaat Sachsen ist nur in 26 Gemeinden der katholischen Sorben Fronleichnam ein Feiertag. Foto: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / Sebastian Kah

The Spreewald is home to the Sorbs, a Slavic minority, dating back to the 6th century BC, whose customs have been recognised as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. To this day, the Sorbs wear their traditional gowns and their language is taught in school. Visitors can get insights in the Sorb culture through various museums or by attending holiday celebrations.

Nature reserves and parks

Gemeinde im Naturpark Hoher Fl�ming
Borne (Brandenburg): Im Naturpark Hoher Fl�ming in Brandenburg liegt die Gemeinde Borne. Der Ort bei Belzig, dessen Wahrzeichen eine alte Bockwindm�hle ist, geh�rt zu den insgesamt 72 D�rfern und drei St�dten innerhalb des Naturparkes. In dem 827 Quadratkilometer gro�en Landschaftsschutzgebiet stehen 440 Kilometer Wanderwege, 200 Kilometer Radwege und 100 Kilometer Reitwege zur Verf�gung. (PDM40-130701) | Verwendung weltweit© picture-alliance / ZB

Brandenburg might not have many inhabitants, but its nature is all the more rich and diverse. To give but one example, the “Naturpark Hoher Fläming” offers stunning sights on rare animals, old castles and picturesque villages.

Uckermark

Elch- und Rentierfarm in der Uckermark
Auf der Elch- und Rentierfarm von Thomas Golz im nordbrandenburgischen Kleptow unweit von Prenzlau (Uckermark) messen zwei junge Elchbullen ihre Kr�fte, aufgenommen am 19.12.2011. Foto: Patrick Pleul | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / ZB

Famous as the location of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s holiday home, the Uckermark is another area of outstanding beauty. Animal lovers in particular will be drawn to the region as wild moose live here.

Brandenburg-an-der-Havel

Stadt Brandenburg - Rathaus
Hochzeitsgesellschaft vor dem Altst�dtischen Rathaus am Samstag (17.09.2011) in Brandenburg an der Havel. Es gilt als ein herausragendes Beispiel gotischer Backsteinbaukunst. Foto: Jens Kalaene | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / ZB

Brandenburg’s second largest city (after the capital Potsdam) is over a thousand years old and is well-known for its medieval town wall and its gate towers. It is part of the European route for red brick gothic, a distinct architectonic feature of the medieval era in North-East Europe.

Cottbus

Herbst im Branitzer Park
Herbstlich bunt gefärbt sind am 26.10.2015 die Laubbäume neben der Seepyramide im Fürst-Pückler-Park bei Cottbus (Brandenburg). Die von Hermann Fürst von Pückler-Muskau in Branitz mit großem Feingefühl komponierte Parkanlage gilt als der letzte der großen deutschen Landschaftsgärten. Foto: Patrick Pleul/dpa | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / ZB

The university town of Cottbus boasts a historic city centre, and, unsurprisingly for Brandenburg, it is renowned for its parks. Probably the most famous is Fürst-Pückler Park Branitz featuring two unique earth pyramids. The castle Branitz has been decorated by the extravagant Fürst Pückler.