Brandenburg – So close, so far, so varied
Thursday 2, May 2013
Brandenburg, the German state which geographically is ‘all around Berlin’ provides a wealth of opportunities for outdoor activities.
So head to Brandenburg for your next break where you can get everything from sailing to cycling and swimming, plus a rich collection of arts and nature to refresh and soothe the soul including music, exquisite paintings and sculpture, the state Garden Show for starters; plus superb food and drink wherever you go.
Music Festival at the Sanssouci Palace and Park
The spectacular Potsdam Music Festival will take place from the 7th-23rd June 2013 at the beautiful Sanssouci Palace and Park. Potsdam is a World Heritage site with 17 Palaces within its realms and provides a breathtaking background for the festival. This year the event has a Scandinavian theme, bringing the emotional power and heart-warming musical variety of Scandinavia – from classic to folk – to Potsdam (which has historical Scandinavian roots). Don’t miss the “Bicycle Concert”: a unique event which comprises 22 concerts, readings, performances or guided walks at 16 different places in and around Potsdam. Glide from one to the other by bike (available to hire onsite) to make sure you needn’t miss a single performance.
250th anniversary of Sanssouci Picture Gallery
This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Sanssouci Picture Gallery and to celebrate, the gallery has been re-curated as it would have looked in its 19th century glory. From 9th May until 31st October 2013, visitors will be able to view the work as it would have been displayed during the reign of King Frederick II; new exhibits include antique sculptures, shown for the first time since 1830 in their original setting, paintings authentically hung in true, baroque style, creating a perfect cohesion between architecture, painting and statuary. In addition, a new photography exhibition will reveal the history behind the gallery, including original hangings and information to bring lost paintings and sculptures to life once more.
State Horticultural Show “Grüne Wonne” Prenzlau
Brandenburg is gardening country. From 13th April to 6th October, the prestigious Brandenburg State Horticultural Show (LAGA) takes place in Prenzlau, just 120 km north of Berlin. This exquisite horticultural setting is the backdrop for 6 months of gardening, artistic and musical events - more than 800 in total. Award winning landscape gardeners and designers have created 12 individually themed gardens to inspire visitors for months to come; in addition, there will be an elegant rose garden offering something for all the senses, a wine garden, flower shows and the vivid “melody of the fields” display, making this event a ‘must-see’ for anyone who appreciates beauty in bloom.
Discover Brandenberg by Bike
Brandenburg is paradise for cycling enthusiasts. A four-day-tour through the great outdoors takes you through uplifting countryside, where you can swim in pure, clear lakes and visit historic Palaces along the way. Routes follow well established trails: start at Oranienburg, continue along the Berlin Copenhagen Trail onto Mildenberg. Sleep tight at Mühle Tornow before continuing the next day to Fürstenberg. Cycle along the ‘Tour Brandenburg’ for 40 km until you reach Joachimsthal, site of the Kaiserbahnhof (previously the Kaiser’s private railway station). Lunch at the Arttisch-Restaurant, then head to Schloss Hubertusstock, the former hunting home of East German leader Erich Honecker, now a stylish hotel. Here you can rest your head; refreshed and rejuvenated, take the Berlin-Usedom (40km) trail back to Berlin.
Brandenburg: Land of the Lakes
Two hours south of Berlin lies a water-holiday paradise known as the Lausitzer Seenland, interconnecting leisure lakes specially designed for water activities. 2013 sees the 40th anniversary of Senftenberg Lake, created when the area was regenerated in the 1970’s. To celebrate, a canal will be opened in June linking to the neighbouring Geierswalde Lake. Travel by raft, canoe, or paddleboard standing up; surf, swim or dive - this is a water holiday of almost endless possibilities. Come 2020, Lausitzer Seenland will have 23 lakes, but don’t wait until then - the region is worth a visit now; just grab your goggles and go!
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