The Castle Trail — hiking in the Tuscany of Brandenburg

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You trek past quiet meadows, over bubbling creeks and through deep forests. As long as you keep quiet, your chances of spotting a deer in the wild remain high—especially in the early morning hours or when the sun starts to set. The ever-present sound of birds feeding their hatchlings is the only sound for miles. Hiking meandering trails, you’ll summit numerous hillocks from where you can enjoy the view, and you’ll follow the trail into narrow valleys and gorges known locally as “Rummel”.

Hiking these trails, it’s easy to believe that you’re no longer in Germany and instead hiking the foothills of Tuscany. You are, in fact, a short train ride outside of Berlin, hiking a trail known as the ‘Brandenburger Burgenwanderweg’. Weaving you 147 kilometers (86 miles) through the hills and and heavily forested landscape of the Hoher Fläming natural park, this 8-day Tour will show you the best of the Brandenburg landscape—and let you fall in love with the beauty of Hohen Fläming.

In this picturesque landscape, numerous small hamlets and towns are to be found, each containing centuries old town centers, churches—and their own unique charm. The region’s four fortresses, Eisenhardt Castle in Bad Belzig, Rabenstein Castle in Raben, Wiesenburg Castle and Ziesar Castle, make up the focal points of your hike. These centuries-old fortresses have all maintained their original charm and invite you in to discover more about their medieval pasts.

Thanks to the region’s excellent public transport network, each stage’s start and end point can easily be reached by train or bus from Berlin or Potsdam. This means that you can start the day in the city, spend it in the wild, and return to your lodgings for the evening—ready to start the following stage the next day. If you’d rather make the most of your time out in the natural park, however, you may consider spending the night in the Tuscany of Brandenburg, and letting yourself truly get lost in this wonderful region—a short train ride from Germany’s capital.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Expert
    05:08
    19.6 km
    3.8 km/h
    160 m
    150 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Already the first stage leads you directly into the wooded hilly landscape of the high Flämings. Your tour starts in the spa town of Bad Belzig. Enjoy some more steps through the beautifully preserved and lively old town, before continuing on to Eisenhardt Castle. The castle on Bricciusberg marks the beginning of the first leg of your castle walk. If you feel like it, you can still use the view from the keep to get acquainted with your hiking area.The path then leads you over hilly fields and through wooded valleys to the small villages Kranepuhl and Lühnsdorf. In Lühnsdorf awaits you with the Landhaus Alte Schmiede also a first refreshments. Afterwards you cross the Lühnsdorfer Bach and follow the stream Plane to today's destination Rädigke.You can easily reach the start of your hike with the Regional Express or with your own car. If you plan the Burgenwanderweg as a multi-day tour, you have the possibility to spend the night in two different inns or in the campsite in Rädigke. Otherwise the bus 572 will take you daily from Rädigke back to Bad Belzig. Note in your planning that the last bus leaves at 5:49 pm. For more information, please visit fahrinfo.vbb.de

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  • Intermediate
    04:10
    16.1 km
    3.9 km/h
    100 m
    90 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage takes you in a generous arc through a special highlight of the Hoher Fläming Nature Park. Instead of taking the direct route to Raben, you follow the trail in the Neuendorfer Rummel. Like all the hustle and bustle in the park, these are hardly visible from afar, but suddenly you find yourself in a narrow valley again. The Neuendorfer Rummel is one of the most beautiful and longest hustle and bustle in the area.Afterwards you will pass the stream Plane and walk along a quiet dirt road through the picturesque meadows of the nature park. The second section ends in Raben, a small village below the castle Rabenstein, which is visited however only in stage 3.To start this hike, you can take bus 572 from Bad Belzig. The bus runs five times a day and only takes 20 minutes to get to Bad Belzig - Rädigke. If you plan this hike as a multi-day tour, there are two guesthouses in Raben for you. Otherwise, after a break at Gastaus Hemmerling, you can take the bus back to Bad Belzig. Again, the last bus leaves at 17:56. For more information, please visit fahrinfo.vbb.de

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  • Expert
    05:17
    20.3 km
    3.8 km/h
    150 m
    120 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the third stage, you can experience a great highlight of the Burgenwanderweg right at the beginning. Your first destination is the high medieval castle Rabenstein, where knight markets are regularly held. After an extensive visit and a rest in the inn of the inn, it goes directly to the next destination. On the way to Jeserig you pass on the way the source area of ​​the tarpaulin. Your hike will take you through small woods and over wide fields. In Jeserig you can take another break before the last section to Wiesenburg.As for stages 1 and 2, bus 572 from Bad Belzig is the perfect way to get to the starting point of your hike. If you have planned a multi-day tour, you can also take bus 572 or walk to the town center from your way to the Wiesenburg train station. There you have the opportunity to stay in different accommodations. All day hikers arrive comfortably from the train station Wiesenburg with the regional express back home.

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  • Intermediate
    04:27
    17.0 km
    3.8 km/h
    100 m
    150 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage leads through a particularly wooded section of the castle hiking trail. You start your hike at the train station in Wiesenburg and visit first the wonderful castle park and the Wiesenburger castle. If you like, you can also make a detour to St. Mary's Church. After a short walk through the old town of Wiesenburg, we enter the forest of the nature park.On the way to Görzke you pass the Waldgasthof 'Alte Hölle', which is perfect for a rest. The trail continues through beech and mixed forests until the trees in Görzke become lighter again and give you a view of the surrounding fields. Görzke is characterized by a centuries-old pottery tradition and you will still find many pottery shops in the streets of the village today.The start of today's stage is located directly at the railway station Wiesenburg, which you can easily reach with the Regional Express. Also on the stage goal Görzke find different inns and pensions for Mehrtageswanderer. All others travel from Görzke by bus 559 to Brandenburg an der Havel and from there by train home. The 559 runs several times a day and the last bus leaves at 19.07 on weekdays and at 19.22 on the weekend from Görzke. For more information, please visit fahrinfo.vbb.de

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  • Expert
    05:52
    22.8 km
    3.9 km/h
    80 m
    130 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage takes you over hilly fields and through sparse forests. Shortly after entering the first section of the forest, you will find the remainder of the Dangelsdorf church ruins a little way off the road. On your way you will come to the small village of Dahlen, which impresses above all with its listed Gutspark. In the Gutspark rare trees from all over the world await you.Your current destination is Ziesar and is the third castle on the Burgenwanderweg. The large complex was originally the seat of the bishop and was expanded over the years. At the time of the GDR, the building was also used as a boarding school.There are no rest stops on this stage so it is advisable to bring enough provisions on the hike. The entrance to the fifth stage can be reached by bus 559 from Brandenburg an der Havel. Also Ziesar expects multi-day hikers with different accommodation options. From Ziesar you can take buses 560 and 562 to Potsdam or Brandenburg an der Havel and bus 588 to Bad Belzig or Wiesenburg. For more information, please visit fahrinfo.vbb.de

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  • Expert
    05:33
    21.5 km
    3.9 km/h
    110 m
    110 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your sixth stage of the Burgenwanderweg will take you through two completely different landscapes. The first section to Bücknitz runs through the Natuschutzgebiet Fiener Bruch. The moist and hilly meadows are the habitat of many and rare birds. Countless birds come on their hikes through the flat valley and raise their offspring here.After Bücknitz the landscape changes and instead of wet meadows dry and sandy pine forests await you. Especially in summer, the warm softwood fragrance will remind you of Southern Europe. At this stage you will also pass the old owl mill, where you can take a break.You can start the hike by bus 560 and 562 from Potsdam or Brandenburg an der Havel as well as by bus 588 from Bad Belzig. However, you will not be able to find accommodation in the small village of Friesdorf, the stage destination. Multi-day hikers are best taken by bus 559 to Gräben or Groß Briesen, where suitable guesthouses can be found. The bus 559 brings you back to Brandenburg on the Havel, if it goes back home for you after the hike. For more information, please visit fahrinfo.vbb.de

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  • Expert
    05:30
    20.9 km
    3.8 km/h
    170 m
    180 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage Seven leads you through various picturesque villages where you can admire the small village churches. The high Fläming shows today its best side and the way leads up and down again and again. Therefore, there are always nice views of the surroundings for you. Especially at the observation tower near Klein-Briesen, you have a phenomenal panoramic view of the nature park and its rolling hills. Here you understand it, if you also affectionately called the Hohen Fläming Tuscany of Brandenburg. Especially in late summer, when the fields turn golden, a special mood comes up.In the further course, it goes along the spilling Briesener Bach and through a fertile forest area. At Dippmannsdorf, the stage destination of your hike awaits you in the Dippmannsdorfer Paradies, an extensive source area. At the inn of the same name, you can end the end of your hike with a warm meal.The starting point of your hike can be reached by bus 559 from Brandenburg an der Havel. From the stage destination in Dippmannsdorf it is best for you by bus 580 on to Bad Belzig or directly to Potsdam, since there are no accommodations for multi-day hikers. In Bad Belzig there are good and cheap pensions, so you are well rested for the last stage the next day. For more information on bus services, please visit fahrinfo.vbb.de

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    15.9 km
    3.8 km/h
    160 m
    110 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the last stage, it goes right up again. Your hike will take you through sparse pine forest and then to the more than 100 meters high Galgenberg. From there you have a great view over your entire hiking area of ​​the last seven stages.Along the way you will reach the Inn and Hotel Springbach-Mühle, which is perfect for a stopover. After a rest, it goes on the last piece of the meadows and fields back to Bad Belzig. There you will complete your hike at the foot of Eisenhardt Castle happily and exhausted.You reach Dippmannsdorf for this stage by bus 580 both from Bad Belzig and from Potsdam. When you arrive in Bad Belzig, you can travel home with the Regional Express and enjoy your memories of the hike. For more information on bus services, please visit fahrinfo.vbb.de

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