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Germany's 16 states: Brandenburg

Frederike Müller
September 29, 2021

Extensive forests, meadows and thousands of lakes make up the charm of the landscape of this state in the northeast of Germany. More than 500 castles and mansions are an invitation to stay and admire.

09.2015 Best of Bundesländer Teaser Brandenburg

The state of Brandenburg extends around the German capital. The verdant region surrounding Berlin boasts one UNESCO World Heritage site after another — from the parks and palaces of the Prussian kings in Potsdam, to modern Bauhaus architecture in Bernau, and Grumsin Beech Forest in the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve.

Travel tips for Brandenburg

Potsdam, state capital

In Potsdam, history presents itself like an open book. From the historic city center to the palaces and parks of the Prussian kings. In 2020, the state capital hosted the main celebrations for German Unity Day, which is celebrated every year on October 3. It was a milestone anniversary: 30 years of German unity.Check-in presenter Nicole Frölich made sure she didn't miss it.

Potsdam — 30 Years since German Reunification

Camping in the Uckermark region

The Uckermark is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Germany and the home of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It is a nature paradise with extensive forests and countless lakes. Just the right thing for Check-in presenter Lukas Stege, who went on a camping trip to explore the lonely expanses of the Uckermark in the coronavirus summer of 2020.

Camping in the Uckermark

Alexandrovka: A Russian island in Prussia

A "Russendorf", or Russian village, that once belonged to the former Prussian Empire can still be found in Potsdam. The small colony was intended to soothe the homesickness of Russian singer soldiers. 

Slowing down in the Spreewald

The Spreewald lies south of Berlin. The woodland region is crisscrossed by thousands of small canals, which are great for boating. Nicole Frölich, presenter of our TV travel magazine Check-in tested it in summer 2019.

A natural paradise not far from Berlin

Bauhaus architecture in Bernau

This testimony to modernity shows how the Bauhaus — the legendary art school for design and architecture — brought its vision of modern building from the metropolis to the countryside in Brandenburg. The trade union school in Bernau near Berlin, designed by the second Bauhaus director Hannes Meyer, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017.

UNESCO and the ADGB Trade Union School

On the trail of Fontane

No one has ever described the precious landscape in such detail and with such affection as the writer Theodor Fontane. In his "Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg" (Ramblings through Brandenburg) he created a literary monument to the towns, the landscapes and their inhabitants. In 2019 Brandenburg celebrated Fontane's 200th birthday and Check-in presenter Lukas Stege put on his hiking boots.

In the footsteps of Theodor Fontane

Pleasure boat marina in Wittenberge

Brandenburg is not all forests and greenspace. With many lakes and rivers, it’s a great destination for those who love being on the water. The Nedwighafen pier in Wittenberge is an ideal starting point for a pleasure boat tour on the Elbe river.

#DailyDrone: Jetty "Nedwighafen"


Everything in flow

Brandenburg is a water-rich state. There are over 600 lakes and numerous rivers. Among the big rivers are the Spree, Havel, Oder and Elbe, next to which countless small ones are also flowing. It is a popular summer pleasure to explore the rivers by boat or to enjoy the landscape on well-kept cycle paths. Check-in presenter Nicole Frölich opted for a bike - and the Elbe.

Cycling along the Elbe


A highlight in a 360-degree video

The New Palace in Potsdam, built by Frederick the Great to accommodate his guests, is much less well-known than his summer palace, Sanssouci — but just as well worth a visit. 

Use the mouse on your computer or your finger on your smartphone to choose what you want to see. Click on the video and drag the image sections wherever you want. If you have VR glasses, you can watch the video in virtual reality.


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