Berlin, Potsdam and Spreewald
are just a stone’s throw from Schlosspark Bad Saarow
With its unique natural scenery, the region around the Scharmützelsee is among the most attractive landscapes of Central Europe. It’s hard to believe that it is just an hour’s drive from the pulsing metropolis of Berlin. Potsdam and the Spreewald are also in the immediate vicinity. Many guests at the Schlosspark enjoy a day out in…
The capital city has art, interesting neighbourhoods, and Currywurst (literally ‘curry sausage’) aplenty. Germany’s capital is more popular than ever. It is cool, inspiring, glamorous, and full of surprises. 135 theatres and stages, three opera houses, venues for variety shows and musicals, historic sites, the government district, world-famous museums, pubs, bars, designer stores and cult boutiques, spectacular architecture – Berlin is the place to be.
The Brandenburg Gate: in 1989 it was still a symbol of a divided Berlin and Germany – today, it is the national symbol of unity, and therefore an emblem of the city.
Berlin Television Tower: at 368 metres in height, Berlin’s Television Tower is Germany’s tallest construction, and the fourth-highest freestanding structure in Europe. From 203 or 207 metres above ground, you can enjoy a 360° view of Berlin. With around 1.2 million visitors a year, it is one of Germany’s most popular sites.
Museum Island: at the heart of Berlin, on an island in the Spree, is located one of Europe’s most outstanding museum complexes: the Museum Island, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. This unique ensemble is being reproduced according to a master plan and developed into a pioneering museum complex.
Potsdam has twelve splendid castles to explore, including the Schloss Sanssouci, the summer residence of Frederick II., or the Schloss Cecilienhof, the venue of the Potsdam Conference. Famous master architects such as Knobelsdorff, Schinkel, and Persius, as well as major landscape architects such as Lenné and Duke Pückler-Muskau worked by royal commission to create the great variety of architectural and natural splendour found here. The historic Alexandrowka Russian colony and the Dutch Quarter are well worth a visit, as are the Babelsberg Film Park and the Bornstedt crown estate.
You can also spend a day in the Spreewald, which is only a forty minute drive away. This UNESCO biosphere reservation, where the Spree splits into hundreds of different water courses, is an absolute idyll, no matter whether you explore it by bike, on foot, in a canoe, or on a traditional horse-drawn cart. The Sorbs/Wends, a small Slavic people, cultivated this landscape over 1,000 years ago. Their mother tongue, their traditional clothing, and their customs are still alive and well today, and of inestimable value to the Spreewald.