Holiday in Brandenburg, Germany

The most beautiful cities in Brandenburg


The city of castles and gardens

Along with many other palaces and parks, Sanssouci Palace is undoubtedly the top attraction in Potsdam.

In Potsdam you can also stroll through the beautiful old town , take a boat trip across the Havel or look behind the scenes of the film industry in the Babelsberg studio .


The center of Lusatia

According to HANDBAGPICKS, Cottbus is the second largest city in Brandenburg after Potsdam and is often underestimated! The city in Lusatia is much better than its reputation.

We can only recommend a visit to Branitz Castle , and Cottbus is also a great starting point for a trip to the Spreewald .


The city of sewing machines

Wittenberge is known as the city of sewing machines . The Singer company from New York produced its sewing machines in Wittenberge until 1945.

The 50 meter high clock tower, which today is the landmark of the town of Wittenberge , dates from this period.

The old town harbor with the historic warehouses and the promenade along the Elbe is particularly beautiful .

The most beautiful regions and excursion destinations in Brandenburg


Sail through canals and rivers in a boat

The Spreewald is located southeast of Berlin and is the most popular destination in Brandenburg.

Boat trips through the branched waterways of the Spreewald are particularly popular . Or you can take matters into your own hands and paddle through the canals in a canoe under your own steam .


Excursion to the capital

Berlin and Brandenburg somehow belong together. A trip to the capital should not be missed during a holiday in Brandenburg .

At best, you should set aside two to three days for Berlin – then you will be able to see some of the top sights in Berlin .

Scab heath

forests, meadows and lakes

The Schorfheide is a biosphere reserve north of Berlin and offers plenty of relaxation, beautiful cycle paths and untouched nature.

The Werbellinsee, one of the clearest lakes in Brandenburg, and the Schorfheide wildlife park are popular destinations for families.

Cottbus Baltic Sea

A new lake is created

The largest artificial inland lake in Germany – the Cottbuser Ostsee!

Since the mine was shut down in 2015, the lake has been flooded continuously , but it is still unclear when the Baltic Sea will be completely full.

But a trip to the region is already worthwhile: an exciting change from an opencast mining area to a holiday and relaxation region .

5 exciting facts about Brandenburg

  1. Brandenburg has few large cities and is the fifth largest federal state in Germany in terms of area .
  2. Nature reserves and lakes make up a third of Brandenburg’s area.
  3. In some areas of Brandenburg there are even wolves again .
  4. There are 200 bathing lakes in Brandenburg.
  5. There are about 500 castles in Brandenburg .

The best sights in Brandenburg

Treetop Walk Tree & Time

Treetop path in the Beelitz sanatoriums

The Beelitz sanatoriums have long been a popular lost place in Brandenburg.

In order to protect the historic site of the former lung sanatorium from decay, the first treetop path in Brandenburg was opened there in 2015.

In addition to the treetop path, there are also guided tours through the sanatoriums , playgrounds and a lookout tower.

Rheinsberg Castle

Historic castle on the water

Rheinsberg Castle is idyllically situated on the banks of the Grienericksee in the Ruppiner forest and lake area, about 100 kilometers north-west of Berlin .

The magnificent palace served as a model for Frederick the Great for the Palace of Sanssouci in Potsdam.

Today, Rheinsberg Castle is a museum with numerous works of art from the 18th century.

Chorin Monastery

Medieval monastery in the Schorfheide

Chorin Monastery is a former Cistercian abbey in the Schorfheide-Chorin region north of Berlin.

The medieval monastery from the 13th century has been completely preserved . There are guided tours, exhibitions and events in the Chorin Monastery, e.g. B. a medieval festival.

Niederfinow boat lift

A ship elevator

The Niederfinow ship lift is the oldest still working ship lift in Germany . Since 1934, it has transported large and small ships through the canal like a ship elevator .

A new, even larger boat lift has been under construction next door for a number of years, which will eventually replace the old one.

During a sightseeing trip , you can experience the hoist yourself in action – an exciting experience.

Visitor mine F60

The lying Eiffel Tower in Lusatia

Lusatia is known for its many years of lignite mining and huge conveyor bridges are still a reminder of this tradition.

One of these conveyor bridges can even be visited – the so-called F60 at Bergheider See near Lichterfeld.

However , you should have a head for heights to walk the 80-metre-high conveyor bridge .

The most beautiful bathing lakes in Brandenburg

In Brandenburg you are spoiled for choice: with around 3,000 lakes , Berlin and Brandenburg are the two federal states in Germany with the most bodies of water.

About 200 of these lakes are officially designated as bathing lakes.

To make your choice a little easier, here are our top 4 most beautiful bathing lakes in Brandenburg :

Big Lake Stechlin

Crystal clear water in the middle of the nature reserve

The Stechlinsee is located in the middle of the Uckermark Lakes Nature Park in northern Brandenburg.

The lake is particularly deep and almost always crystal clear, making it one of the most beautiful bathing lakes in Brandenburg . Even in midsummer the water is pleasantly cool.

There are some bathing spots, beautiful hiking trails and many shady spots on the lake shore. Due to its depth, Lake Stechlin is also a popular diving area .


Popular destination for Berliners

The Liepnitzsee is only a few kilometers north of Berlin and is therefore a popular destination on hot summer days.

The lake is particularly clear and very deep , completely surrounded by forest, so you can always find a shady spot.

There are hardly any official swimming areas and the lake is not well suited for small children due to its depth.

A ferry takes you to the island of Großer Werder, where there is a beer garden in the summer season and other, less frequented bathing spots.

skirmish lake

Bathing fun with a wellness factor

The Scharmutzelsee is located in the municipality of Bad Saarow, about 75 kilometers south-east of Berlin .

The lake is very clean and has many official swimming areas .

In addition to bathing fun, wellness is also on the agenda at the Scharmutzelsee : there is a wide range of wellness hotels, thermal baths and sauna parks around the lake.

Alternatively, you can also rent a boat, go summer tobogganing or wakeboarding.

Senftenberg Lake

Bathing paradise for families

The Senftenberger See belongs to the Lausitzer Seenland, an artificially created chain of lakes in the very south of Brandenburg.

The water of the lake is crystal clear and popular with families because of the many sandy beaches .

Around the lake there are many bathing spots, campsites and recreational opportunities such as fishing, diving and surfing.

The best activities in Brandenburg

Tropical Island

Tropical bathing world in the middle of Brandenburg

With an area the size of eight football pitches, Tropical Island is the largest tropical holiday world in Europe .

Inside the former airship hall there is a tropical bathing area with a South Sea beach, rainforest, slide tower, wellness area and much more.

It is constantly 26 degrees warm in the hall, which is why you can spend time there all year round. In addition to the bathing world, there is also a campsite and a resort with many accommodation options .

Canoeing in the Spree Forest

Paddle through canals and creeks

The Spreewald is best known for leisurely boat trips.

If you like it a little more active, you can take the wheel yourself and paddle through the Spreewald in a canoe under your own steam .

You can rent canoes everywhere in the Spreewald and start paddling straight away – even without previous experience.


Glide across the water on a leash

There are several WakeParks in Brandenburg where you can try your first steps on the wakeboard .

At a water ski facility, you are pulled across the lake on a wakeboard (or water ski) on a rope.

With a little practice, even beginners can do this after a few attempts.