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Top 20 attractions to explore in Brandenburg

In late medieval and early modern times, Brandenburg was one of seven electoral states of the Holy Roman Empire, and, along with Prussia, formed the original core of the German Empire, the first unified German state.

Attractions in Brandenburg

Babelsberg PalacePark Babelsberg 10, 14482 Potsdam, Germany

Babelsberg Palace is located in the eponymous park in Potsdam. For more than 50 years, it was the summer residence for royals. It was placed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. The building, designed in the English Gothic revival style, was built in two phases over the period 1835–1849.

Babelsberg ParkPark Babelsberg 10, 14482 Potsdam, Germany

This 114-hectare park is located in the north-east of Potsdam, bordering on the Tiefen See lake on the River Havel. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. The park was created in rolling terrain sloping down towards the lake.

Beelitz-HeilstättenBeelitz-Heilstätten, 14547 Beelitz, Germany

Beelitz-Heilstätten is home to a large hospital complex of about 60 buildings, including a cogeneration plant built-in 1898. The place served as a military hospital of the Imperial German Army in World War I. Today, a few small sections of the enormous hospital are used for neurological rehabilitation and Parkinson’s research. The majority of the complex, including the surgery ward, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, have all been abandoned and left to decay back into the surrounding fores

Belvedere Castle on the PfingstbergPfingstberg, Neuer Garten, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

The Belvedere on the Pfingstberg is a large building north from the New Garden, Potsdam. It was built in 1863 as a viewing platform, on the summit of Pfingstberg hill.

Bismarck TowerByhleguhrer Str., 03096 Burg (Spreewald), Germany

Bismarckturm or Bismarck Tower, a 28 meters heigh monument located on the Schlossberg north of Burg. The construction of the structure started in 1915 and completed in 1917. In 1951 the tower was renamed the Tower of Youth and renamed to be Bismarckturm in October 1990.

Cecilienhof PalaceIm Neuen Garten, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

Cecilienhof Palace is located in Potsdam, Germany, built in 1917 in an English Tudor manor house's layout. Cecilienhof was the last palace established by the House of Hohenzollern that ruled the Prussia Kingdom and the German Empire until World War I. Cecilienhof Palace was the location of the Potsdam Conference in 1945, in which the leaders of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States made important decisions affecting the shape of post World War II Europe and Asia.

Dutch QuarterDutch Quarter, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

Holländisches Viertel or the Dutch Quarter is a neighborhood in Potsdam that includes 134 of red Dutch brick buildings; unplastered, with white seams, shuttered windows, and sometimes, sweeping gables. It was built in 1740 for Dutch craftsmen who were invited to come to Potsdam by King Frederick Wilhelm I.

Freilandmuseum Lehde(Open Air Museum Lehde)An der Giglitza 1a 03222, 03222 Lübbenau/Spreewald, Germany

Open Air Museum Lehde includes three houses, with eleven estate and residential buildings that were built in 1957. It provides insight into the Sorbian/Wendish population's way of life until the middle of the 19th century.

Katholische Pfarrkirche St. Peter und PaulAm Bassin 7, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter is located in the center of Potsdam. The current church building was built in 1870 and served both the Potsdam parishioners and the Catholic soldiers stationed in the city.

Memorial and Museum SachsenhausenStr. der Nationen 22, 16515 Oranienburg, Germany

Nazi concentration camp used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945. The walled compound of the camp consists of prisoner barracks, morgue, gas chambers, execution trenches, crematory ovens, guardhouses, etc.. that were fully operational. A very informative memorial showing the dark side of the humans.

Museum BarberiniHumboldtstraße 5-6, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

Museum Barberini, located in Potsdam, Germany, exhibits a wide range of works from the Old Masters to contemporary art, emphasizing impressionist painting. The museum was founded in 2017 by Hasso Plattner, and the exhibition is centered around works from his collection.

Nauener TorFriedrich-Ebert-Straße 32, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

Nauener Gate or Nauener Tor is one of three preserved gates built in 1755 in Potsdam, Germany. It is the first example of the influence of English Gothic Revival architecture in Continental Europe. The first Nauener Tor was built around 1720 about 400 metres away from the current site. The second gate was built in 1733 at the current site. In 1755 the gate was rebuilt in its current form. Today the three gates are connected by a promenade.

New GardenAm Neuen Garten, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

The New Garden is a park in Potsdam with 102.5 hectares located south-west Berlin, Germany. Starting in 1787, Frederick William II arranged to have a new garden in this location and later, and it came to be known by this rather prosaic name. The New Garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Cecilienhof Palace is located in the northern part of the New Garden.

New PalaceAm Neuen Palais, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

The New Palace is situated on the Sanssouci park's western side in Potsdam, Germany. It was built in 1769 and considered to be the last grand Prussian baroque palace. The palace was built in varying forms of Baroque architecture and decoration. The building of the palace commenced in 1763, at the end of the Seven Years' War, to celebrate Prussia’s success.

Olympisches Dorf14624 Olympisches Dorf, Germany

The Olympics Dorf was built to house all participating athletes, officials, trainers, and other workers in the 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympiad Games. It was held in Berlin, about 4000 people from 50 nationalities lived in this Olympic Village during the games.

Rheinsberg PalaceSchloß Rheinsberg 2, 16831 Rheinsberg, Germany

Rheinsberg Palace is located in the Rheinsberg Municipality, about 100 km north-west from Berlin, German, in Ostprignitz-Ruppin. The Palace on the eastern bank of the Grienericksee is a classic example of the so-called Frederician Rococo architecture style and it served as a basis for Sanssouci Palace. The palace is home to the Kurt Tucholsky Literature Museum.

Sanssouci PalaceMaulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The palace's name emphasizes this; it is a French phrase (sans Souci), which translates as "without concerns", meaning "without worries" or "carefree", symbolizing that the palace was a place for relaxation rather than a seat of power.

St. Mary's Church Frankfurt (Oder)Oberkirchpl. 1, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

The Marienkirche is a church in Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany. It was the city's main parish church and was built over more than 250 years during the Middle Ages in 1253.

Studio BabelsbergAugust-Bebel-Str. 26-53, 14482 Potsdam, Germany

Babelsberg Film Studio is located in Potsdam-Babelsberg. It is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, producing films since 1912. It is Europe's largest film studio and has around 460,000 square meters of total area and about 25,000 square meters of studio area. At present, Studio Babelsberg operates mainly for feature film productions. Furthermore, it acts as a co-producer on international high budget productions.

Tropical IslandsTropical-Islands-Allee 1, 15910 Krausnick, Germany

This unique tropical theme park is located in the previous Brand-Briesen Airfield in Halbe, Germany, 50 km from Berlin's southern boundary. The former airship hangar that was known as the Aerium, is the world's biggest free-standing hall with a capacity of up to 8,200 visitors a day. Inside the hall, the air temperature is 26 °C (78°F) and air humidity is around 64%. Tropical Islands is home to the biggest indoor rainforest in the world, a beach, many tropical plants, and a number of swimming po

Map of attractions in Brandenburg