Brandenburg is one of Germany's 16 federal states and surrounds the capital Berlin but does not include it. It has a population of just under six million.
The region was the core of the historic Kingdom of Prussia. Following World War II the eastern third of historic Brandenburg was ceded to Poland in 1945. Brandenburg, the capital of which is Potsdam, It is well known for ist well-preserved natural environment. This page collates recent DW content on the German state.
Many visitors to Berlin take guided tours to see attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag or remnants of the Berlin Wall. But for those willing to try something a little different, a local NGO has started offering tours by former homeless people. They aim to show tourists another side to the German capital. Correspondent Daniel Pelz reports.
As the spring asparagus season peaks in Europe, we examine the German love affair with the long, stalked vegetable. Most Germans prefer the giant white variety, cultivated for its revered mild taste and opaque finish. In Berlin, the best quality asparagus comes from ‘Beelitz’ in the neighbouring state of Brandenburg. Louise Gorman drove out to the district to find out about its great reputation.