6 autumn cycling routes in Brandenburg on Fontane's traces
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To cycle through Brandenburg’s autumn, you don't have to buy Fontane's book "Rambling through Brandenburg", this Collection will guide you through six beautiful routes. So grab your bike and discover the countryside around Berlin like the poet himself once did.
In autumn the Spreewald shows its magical side – which you can wonderfully experience on the Spreeradweg from Cottbus via Peitz, Burg and Lübbenau to Lübben. On the "Königstour im Oderbruch" the easternmost part of Brandenburg reveals its rough charm under a sweeping sky. In Havelland there is an enchanting place dedicated to the delicious pear: Ribbeck! The route "Mit Ribbecks Birne auf Du & Du" (Discover Ribbeck's Pear) you can also discover traces of the legendary pear tree from Fontane's poem.
Cultural enjoyment awaits you on the route around Potsdam's Havel lakes. Not only Fontane, but also Albert Einstein, was very impressed by this little corner of the world. The cycle route to the historic city centres between Neuruppin and Wittstock (Dosse) where the State Garden Show is held until 6 October, takes you past the beautiful Kyritz chain of lakes.
The cycle route around Ruppiner See runs around Brandenburg's longest lake and offers beautiful views of the water again and again! Tip: plan extra time for the Fontane town of Neuruppin – there's plenty to discover here. All routes are independent of each other as daily stages and are well connected to the regional rail network so that you can arrive and depart stress-free.
On the Spreeradweg from Cottbus to Lübben you can experience a lot of the fascination of the fairy-tale Spreewald: meadows with magical light moods, quiet nature along the rivers and canals and rare plants and animals.You reach Cottbus every hour with the regional express RE 2. Along the Spree you cycle to Peitz. The largest contiguous pond area in Germany is breeding area and resting place for rare bird species. Through the meadows of the Spreeauen it goes right into the biosphere reserve to Burg. From the Bismarckturm the view sweeps into the distance.Behind Leipe begins the wooded part of the Oberspreewald. In Lehde worth a visit to the outdoor museum, which presents the world of the Spreewald dwellers at Fontane time. In the neighboring Lübbenau the boat trips start in front of the impressive castle scenery, also the old town is charming.Through forests and Spreewiesen it goes to Lübben. A visit to the romantic castle island in the middle of the Spree is the culmination of the tour. Regional trains (RE 2 and RB 24) take you back every hour.
Who is on the 98-kilometer "King's Tour" on the eastern edge of Brandenburg on the road, will be fascinated by the flat landscape under the wide sky. The name goes back to the "Old Fritz", who let the former wetland dry. In Neutrebbin and Letschin remind monuments to the Prussian king.The regional train RB 26 runs every hour from Berlin to Seelow-Gusow. From there, the route leads to Neuhardenberg. Castle, Schinkel Church and the park are definitely worth a stopover. The pond landscape in the neighboring Altfriedland is an Eldorado for bird lovers.By Oderbruch you drive to Neulietzegöricke, the oldest colonial village in the region. From here it is not far to the Oder, where the view sweeps far into neighboring Poland. About Groß Neuendorf the route leads to Letschin. In front of the Fontane Pharmacy, the bust of the poet greets you, whose father ran a pharmacy here. Back in Gusow-Platkow worth a short detour to the castle.
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On this 28-kilometer tour through the heath, forests and the Havelländische Luch, you will experience Märkische history and legends such as the pear tree from Fontane's famous poem live on. The round trip begins and ends at Nauen station, which you can reach several times per hour from Berlin by regional trains (RE 2, RB 10, RB 14).From Nauen the route runs car-free on a former small train route to Ribbeck. In search of Fontane's legendary pear tree, you will get to know and love the picturesque village ensemble with its church, castle and pear garden, the old washhouse and the old school.Through a wooded area you drive to Groß Behnitz. The Borsigs, one of the most important industrial families of the 19th and 20th centuries, built here an agricultural estate, which is now a popular destination. In the café and restaurant "Seeterrassen", the view sweeps across the lake Groß Behnitzer. Back in Nauen, the eventful tour ends with a short flying visit to the Old Town.
On the 34 kilometer round trip around the Potsdam Havel lakes lure many cultural highlights and beautiful lake views, which already made the gentlemen Einstein and Fontane happy.Passing Lake Templin, you will reach Caputh with its picturesque Baroque castle, Lennépark and the summer house of Einstein. In Ferch on the southern tip of the Schwielowsee, a visit to the Havelländischer Malerkolonie museum and the Japanese Bonsaigarten, a jewel of Japanese garden art with an original teahouse, is worthwhile.The Gutspark Petzow, designed by landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné, seduces to stroll. The Schinkelkirche opposite the park offers a fantastic panoramic view over the Havel lakes.Werder definitely worth a visit. Climb the Wachtelberg - wine is actually grown here! The historic Old Town island in the midst of the Havel with its winding streets and picturesque fishermen's houses exudes Mediterranean flair.Back to Potsdam back the charming route runs from Geltow along the shore of Lake Templin - perfect for short photo stops.
On this 74-kilometer day tour you will discover small rivers, lake, meadow and forest landscapes and the old towns of Neuruppin, Wusterhausen, Kyritz and Wittstock. You can also drive the route from Wittstock to Neuruppin. Both places served from the direction of Berlin every hour the regional express RE 6.Neuruppin, the Fontanestadt, is definitely worth a visit. Discover the imposing Parzival sculpture on the lake promenade and the Temple of Apollo, the birthplace and the Fontane monument.About wide fields and through dreamy villages it goes to Wusterhausen (Dosse). The city surprises with its many half-timbered buildings and the mighty St. Peter and Paul's Church. Also in Kyritz attracts pretty half-timbered around the market square. Tip: From the shores of the Untersees a ferry to the INSL, a popular destination with a beautiful beer garden.At the Kyritzer Seenkette you cycle through wooded shores to Wittstock (Dosse). Round here Germany's longest city wall from brick. Until October 6, she is a pretty backdrop for this year's Landesgartenschau.
The tour leads on 26 kilometers through idyllic landscapes around Brandenburg's longest lake. From the Neuruppin Rheinsberger Tor station, the regional express RE 6 runs to and from Berlin every hour.On the Seedamm you cross the Ruppin lake and cycle to Wuthenow. The village church was designed by architect Schinkel. Via Gnewikow you continue to Karwe. The former Gutsanlage is located directly near the shore.Picturesque is the fishing village Altfriesack with the lift bridge over the Rhin, the lock and the old fisherman's hut. Right next door, at the southernmost tip of Ruppin Lake, lies Wustrau. The Brandenburg-Prussia Museum, the Zieten-Schloss and the Eiskeller are worth seeing here. Opposite the Café Constanze you reach the lake shore.On the western side of the Ruppiner See, the route leads partly through the forest back to Neuruppin. It is worth a visit in the temple garden and on the lakeside promenade. Fontane fans should take a look at the monument and the birthplace of the poet.