Strausberg has an old city wall whose construction was started in 1254. The original length was 1600 metres and it was up to 6 metres in height. Also built into the wall were Wikhäuser which were defensive buildings which were later converted into houses. Some restoration work is taking place on the wall.
St. Mary's Church is the oldest and tallest building in Strausberg. It dates back to the 13th Century and is one of the oldest buildings in Brandenburg. It originally had a tall wooden tower but this was demolished in 1922. A monument to victims of the Holocaust was erected outside the church in 1992.
I had already decided I would visit the Handelscentrum in Strausberg before I arrived. I thought it would make an interesting place to lunch and have a rest on my walk around the lake. The Handelscentrum is not pretentious like some shopping centres and could best be described as a covered area with shops. It opened in 1999 and has been expanded in 4 phases since then and now has 70 shops. There are long walkways and centrally placed there is a small fountain with seats for weary shoppers to sit. There are a number of restaurants/cafes to obtain something to eat and drink, which is what I needed. The shopping centre is open from 0930 - 2000 Monday to Saturday, the supermarket has slightly longer opening hours.
The Wasserturm in Strausberg was constructed in 1910. It is located on the marienberg hill and is 35 metres tall and nearly 13 metres in diameter. It was built to increase the water pressure in the town. The water was pumped into the 400 cubic tank when it was quiet overnight. In recent years the tower was no longer required and was closed in 1990. The are a number of footpaths to reach the top of the hill but a good starting point is the Total Petrol Station on Berliner Strasse. The tower is on the hill behind the garage. There are occasional open days and information can be found via the website below.
One of the main reasons for going to Strausberg was to walk around the beautiful Straussee. Because it takes a while on the S-Bahn from central Berlin to Strausberg I allowed more time. You can of course half the distance by using the ferry but I decided I would walk all the way around which is 9.5kms. There is a well laid out and marked footpath, most of which is by the edge of the lake. On the far side of the lake from the town there is occasional information of the view. One of the views pointed out on the information boards is the highest point in the area which is the Wasserturm whose top can be seen in the distance trees. I did break off the walk to visit a couple of places before resuming. If you visit the local tourist information office you can pick up a booklet containing a map of this walk trail and other walks and cycle trails in the area.
After 2 trips to Strausberg on cold November and March days I decided to visit in the summer instead, much more pleasant. I went down to the lake and saw that the electric ferry was operating. The ferry is operated by the local light railway/tram company and is numbered F39 by VBB. The ferry has its own fare structure and costs €1.20 for an adult single fare. The unique electric ferry service has been crossing the 350metres across the lake since 1894 and is thought to be the only one of its kind in Europe. The ferry saves a trip of 4.2kms travelling around the lake. The ferry can carry up to 100 passengers and there was a large group of children making the trip when I was there. During the summer the ferry runs every 30 minutes but during the winter only at weekends and holidays.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and the area around the lake was scenic. Unfortunately the unique electric ferry was not running, but this may have been due to there being ice, which was still on the lake around the ferry. There is a laid out path around the lake for those who fancy a walk. As I wandered around I noticed there was the offer of various mud treatments for those who fancied it.