The bountiful beauty of the Barnim Nature Park sprawls across an area of 750 square kilometres; within this diverse biosphere, wild woodlands and tranquil lakes dominate, and endangered species are free to roam the riverbanks and soar over mountain summits. A smattering of tiny, traditional towns gives the land a provincial flavour and the region’s notable landmarks include historical canals, archaic warehouses and picturesque palaces.
The Wild Wonders of Wandlitzsee
Famed for the crystal clear lake that surrounds its traditional townscape, the quaint village of Wandlitzsee offers visitors agricultural awakenings and sublime scenery; a 3 hour walk around the lake’s perimeter will afford picturesque panoramas and the lakeshore complex offers adrenaline seekers an alluring array of water sports. Wandlitzsee’s primary pull is the Barim Panorama Agricultural Museum, an exceptional array of exhibitions that depicts the park’s history from ice age isolation to agricultural prosperity; historical tractors are exhibited in an enormous glass case and diverse plant species bloom in the gorgeous garden.
The iconic waterway of the Finow Canal flows through the medieval market town of Ebersalde. Surrounding by lush forest and home to some beautiful buildings, the town offers worthwhile wanders amongst notable landmarks. The incredibly Crane Structure pays homage to the town’s industrial prosperity, while the traditional designs of the Marketplace and the Old Forestry Academy transport travellers to a bygone age.
The stunning centrepiece of the 800 year old city of Oranienburg is undoubtedly the Oranienburg Palace and Gardens; located in the historic heart of the city beside the tranquil River Havel, the palace features hundreds of rooms, 75 acres of magnificent manicured gardens and two museums detailing the rich regal and historical heritage of this stunning city.