Emstal, is a village with about 400 citizens. It is about a 16 km drive away from Ferch. Emstal is a lovely, little village located in the valleys of the tiny Emster stream. Emstal is a typical village with its friendly locals earn their money by farm life, peat extraction (back in 1858), and skippers on the Emster stream (back in 1900). The hundred and plus years old ovens are kept for festive occasions like the annual Backofenfest.
When we made it from Ferch to that little village of Emstal, the museum of old bakery ovens, Backofenmuseum, of back of the days, was closed. Yet those historic ovens built about 1870 which are placed outdoors right in the little village's center, were to be seen, and aroused our curiosity. Have never traveled through a town where in its center big ovens are placed. It looks very cosy with banks around the ovens too. One can imagine what joy locals and visitors have with Emstal's annual fest of ovens, Backofenfest, when hot, baked goodies are provided.
The Lehnin Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery in the town called Kloster Lehnin in Germany's Brandenburg, 24km away from Ferch. That monastery is located at Klosterkirchplatz 1, in Lehnin Kloster, 14797. Kloster Lehnin is the oldest monastery in the Margraviate of Brandenburg, established in 1180 by Margrave Otto I. The adajacent settlement developed about 1415 out of a market held by thed monks outside the abbey walls. Today this well-maintained area includes the renovated monastery church and other Gothic buildings.
At the very entry of the Lehnin Abbey, a walk of seconds right above the parking place at Klosterplatz, leads visitors to the monastery's museum (left hand). There they provid a permanent exposition called Where Heaven and Earth come cross. That's an exposition that is not just explaining about the monastery's history but also about faith, charity, and acceptance for the next to us. It's a humblest, most giving exposition. The photo of the white, transparent cotton poster, shows the German words which to me are not only about faith but about the true care for those in need. In English translated:
This most lovely, quite hidden, lake is to be found (if found) about 1 kilometer from the Lehnin Abbey. The area provids with wild and romantic paths for long, long walks around the lake. To swim is yet not possible except at the signed area (Strandbad). Either way - take a swim at the signed swimming area, or go for a romantic walk - the best would be to leave the car at the town's periphery. There are parking places provided for free. Once one made it there, one just needs to follow the sign Klostersee to get to the lake.
Kloster Lehnin is a town of about 3 000 citizens. It is a municipality in Germany's state of Brandenburg. The town's main attraction is def. its Lehnin Abbey. It's about 24 km away from Ferch. Kloster Lehnin was established on April 1/2002 by the merger of 13 villages:
Emstal (Schwina until 1937)
The Havellaendische Malerkolonie (the Havelland community of artists/painters) was developed in Berlin's surrounding back in about 1880. The Havelland landscape, its lakes & forests, the Havel river inspired the painters greatly. The article "Ferch, Maerkisches Malerdorf" from the Potsdam journal of 1928 proofs that artists like Karl Hagemeister und Carl Schuch have lived and worked here.
Guided tours of 2 hours are provided through and around the monastery's garden with explanations about its planted flowers and herbs which are purchable too.