Traveling in Brandenburg Germany – A scenic and historic road trip

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Herrenstein, Brandenburg
Herrenstein, Brandenburg

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Most Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) travelers are far too busy to explore the German capital and miss on the beautiful federal state surrounding the city.

Brandenburg embeds endless green meadows, beautiful lakes, picturesque mansions, historic castles, and cloisters that are best to explore by a car.

A good start to travel the federal state Brandenburg by car is Potsdam (Potsdam vacation rentals | Potsdam travel guide). The provincial capital is known for the impressive Sanssouci castle, which dates back to the 18th century, and its historic city center with even more stunning structures.

From Potsdam road trippers should head southeast to the scenic Spreewald, a biosphere reserve with over 200 narrow channels that was formed during ice age. Spreewald punts that are leaving from villages like Lübben, Burg and Lübbenau (Lübbenau vacation rentals | Lübbenau travel guide) are taking guests through the beautiful wood and moorlands. In addition you can explore the endless canals with a canoe. After the punt or canoe tour you can stretch your legs by walking the historic villages in the area. If you get hungry try the local delicacy the Spreewald Gurke (gherkin). A place of interest you shouldn’t miss while in the area is the gorgeous water castle in Fürstlich Drehna that was constructed from the 14th – 16th century.

Continue your road trip through Brandenburg in Germany by heading north to the beautiful Uckermark that is nicknamed “Northern Tuscany”. On your way make a stop at the cloister in Chorin (Chorin vacation rentals | Chorin travel guide) close to Eberswalde (Eberswalde vacation rentals | Eberswalde travel guide). The cloister dates back to the 13th century and is framed by beautiful grounds.

From the cloister choose the country road over the highway towards Prenzlau (Prenzlau vacation rentals | Prenzlau travel guide) and the nature reserve Uckermark with its many scenic lakes. During summer red poppies and cornflowers cover the meadows along the roads and many birds frequent the peaceful area.

Arriving in Prenzlau, that was founded in the 11th century, head to the historic medieval gate and St. Mary church and have a break at the scenic shore of lake Ucker (Uckersee).

From Prenzlau continue over country road L15 to pass the other lakes in the Uckermark. Along the way you come across the stunning Boitzenburg castle, Northern German’s counterpart to Neuschwanenstein castle in Bavaria. Historians date back its construction to 1250 AD. Stretch your legs on the palace grounds before you continue to the last stop on the road trip the picturesque Rheinsberg (Rheinsberg vacation rentals | Rheinsberg travel guide) water castle that was built in the 16th century.

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This travel guide has been written by Patricia Eggers.

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Location: Babelsberger Strasse 16, Potsdam, Germany

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