I came upon this unusual building and restaurant on route to a different location. Work to build the 33 metre tall water tower started in 1910 and it supplied the town with water until 1965. It fell into a state of disrepair until funds became available in 1990 and was renovated and reopened 1991. It has been owned by its present owner since 2005 and is now a restaurant, multi purpose hall and gallery. There are 110 steps to climb up to the observation deck for views over the surrounding countryside. The restaurant has some unusual hours and they are subject to change. I visited on a Friday lunchtime and the restaurant was open.
Wed 1400 - 2100hrs
Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun 1200 - 1800hrs
The Dahmeland Museum is located just across the road from the Schloss Konigs Wusterhausen. The building was originally in part of the palace grounds and was the royal foresters house. The building also served as a school and was the local Stasi Headquarters during the GDR era and a library before becoming the regional museum in 1996. The entrance is at the rear of the building and this is where you noticed the historical farm equipment and the blacksmiths shop in a covered area. There is also a garden and covered area if you wish to sit down and have your packed lunch. The entrance fee is 2€ and the museum is set on two floors with 13 different rooms with different eras and themes. The first three rooms cover pre-history & early history, geology and animals. There are a number of rooms set in the 1920 which I enjoyed viewing including a school room. The museum is open Tues -Sat from 1000hrs to 1600hrs. It is closed on Sundays, Mondays & Public Holidays.
One of the main reasons for going to Königs Wusterhausen was to visit the palace which is one of the main tourist attractions in the area. The palace has none of the grandeur of the palaces at Potsdam but I will explain the reasons why later.
You have no choice but to go on a guided tour to view the inside of the palace and I was lucky to join one at 1030hrs. I was informed that the tour which lasts about 1 hour was only in German but when the guide started asking where the various members of the group came from and realised I came from the UK he included an English translation.
The palace originally dates back to the 14th century and had a surrounding moat, parts of which can still be seen today. When Frederick William I came to the throne in 1713 he inherited the palace from his father. Frederick William despised the extravagance of his father, which had nearly bankrupted the family so he decided to use the building as a hunting lodge and summer palace. Towards the end of his live Frederick William became a prolific painter and 40 of his painting are on display. There is also a simply furnished room which was used by the king and his men for eating and smoking, a painting in the room shows this use.
After the King died in 1740 the building fell into a state of disrepair and though it was repaired and used as a hunting lodge it never found the same use as with Frederick William. The building had a number of different uses over the years but extensive renovation took place during the 1990s and the building was reopened in 2000. Besides the palace there is a restaurant and you can walk around the grounds. It is a popular venue for weddings with it beautiful backdrop and one was taking place on the day I visited.
The palace is normally open April - October - Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm
Winter hours are November - March - Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
Saturdays/Sundays/holidays, 10 am - 5 pm
The palace is closed on Mondays
It was originally a medieval one and the favourite haunt of Frederick William I, who used it as a hunting lodge and held his famous Tabakskollegium or 'tobacco round' here. It was restored just a few years ago.
They offer also guided tours in German and for blind & vi people. Outside in the park there's some kind of board with information about the park in German, English and also in Braille.
Entrance fee 4 EUR.
The birth place of broadcasting in Germany *g* and you'll find there the museum of Radio Technology.
I was there back in school time. We didn't really want to go, but at the end it was more interesting than expected.
Opening hours of the museum:
Tuesday and Thursday 9.00 am to 3.30 pm Saturday and Sunday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
regular price EUR 3.00
reduced price EUR 1.50