This has to be one of the weirder places in Northern Europe: a former military building area is converted into an artificial tropical paradise complete with beaches, "authentic" tropical huts and a bevy of imported tropical Brazilian and Thai dancers. While not everything here may be politically correct, it does show the extent that Germans will go to escape cold weather and someone will be certain to write their dissertation on the German conceptions of paradise. When you live here as long as I have, you'll start drooling after hot tropical beaches too. I haven't been here yet, but will certainly make it out there just for the thrill factor.
Cottbus is situated in the southern part of the Federal State Brandenburg, halfway between Berlin and Dresden, near the border to Poland. With about 120 000 inhabitants Cottbus is the second largest city of Brandenburg.
Potsdam is located on the Havel River, on Berlin’s doorstep and has a population of about 135,000. It is the administrative centre of Brandenburg. Here the State government has its headquarters and all the Ministries and Offices. The city was badly damaged by bombing in World War II (1939-1945) and rebuilt only recently. In 1945 it was the site of the Potsdam Conference.
Potsdam offers visitors numerous attractions, for instance the Sanssouci Palace (1745-1747), built by Frederick II, which is an UNESCO World Heritage, the Babelsberg Film Park and much more.
Do you know where the German Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus) comes from? He lives in Himmelpfort (=Heaven's Gate), a small town in the Uckermark (county of Brandenburg). Every year the Weihnachtsmann has to respond ten thousands of letters from kids.
The town itself was founded when Monchs build their monastery next to the Havel River in 1299. Today people spend their holidays on one of the numerous lakes around the town.
Lübbenau is the biggest small town in Spreewald. It is the center of tourism and has a harbour, from where the boat tours into the Spreewald start. There is a castle and an old church. The oldest buildings are from 18th century.
About 100 kilometres south from Berlin, the Spreewald region stretches over a total area of more than three thousand (3,173) square kilometres, split into the Lower and Upper Spreewald. In its core, 75 km long and 15 km wide, is the area designated by UNESCO in 1991 as the Spreewald biosphere nature reserve.
The Spreewald (Spree Forest) is ca. 70km southeast of Berlin. Since 1990 it is one of Germany's largest nature preserve and belongs since 1991 to UNESCO World Nature Heritage. This region is home of about 18000 types of plants and animals. In the summer month you can see a lot of storks breeding here. Cycling, hiking and boating are the best ways to discover the unique nature of this reservat.
Potsdam is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen, and it is Brandenburg's star tourist attraction. The castle San Souci is a gigantic sprawling castle with decadent gardens that were modeled after the castle in Versailles in France. Actually, it was a little weird, as when I went to France I had a strange sense of deja vu, as San Souci copied a LOT from it. The benefit is that San s. is in Germany, and is not crammed with too many tourists, and has of course its own personality (I hope).
Take the S Bahn from Berlin to Potsdam, look deliberately confused at the train station and any non burned out train station person will shove you in direction of the tourist buses ( you can also hop on a faster but more confusingly planned RE train)
The town of Potsdam itself is also quite gorgeous and has been renovated and gentrified in the last 10 years so as to be unaffordable to the people who originally live there, but you can have some nice meals here and watch all the rich and elegant people do their rich and elegant people thing.
We only spent a few hours in this nice, somewhat boring little town near Berlin. There is a beautiful medieval town wall that wasn't bombed and destroyed in WW2, and it is a city museum but that opens after may. O well, too bad! The town square bustles with notices for demonstrations and sale of vegetables and fruits on the weekend. There were lots of disaffected punk rock youths here and busybody old ladies spying on everyone.
Not exactly the wildest place, but nice. A pleasant little town about an hour away from Berlin. We wandered through here to explore the pretty cloisters. Although there was a soviet memorial here, it was called Lehnin long before V.I. Lenin ran around being iconic and leading Russian revolutions. It was very quiet, but we noted the tortured village youths in punk rock t shirts scowling as they worked the cash register of the gas station. There are things going on in Lehnin, just wait and see. The cloister has music festivals in the summer and serves as a hotel.
The Best Western Grand City Parkhotel is a nice, newly built hotel, located next to the Sanssouci...more
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