Second to the island of Corsica the Dahme lake area is Europe's biggest contiguous forest region. Multifaceted alleys are typical for this region.
There are 70 lakes to please water sportsmen and nature lovers. In nature reserves and protected areas rare flora and fauna can survive. Naturpark Dahme-Heideseen covers an area of 594 km². Here you find moist biotopes, heathlands, different types of meadows and forests. For groups, school classes and guests who are generally interested in nature we particularly recommend the educational nature trails and organised hikes within the Naturpark as well as in the entire area.
- Schönefeld: airport
- Niederlehme: sand and mortar factory (in sand pits glacial "geological treasures" have been found)
- Eichwalde: church, town hall
- Zeuthen: church, Hertzog Villa, copper houses, small local history museum
- Königs Wusterhausen: churches, hunting castle of Frederic William I, local history museum, water tower, telecommunications and radio museum 'Funkerberg', architecturally interesting school building for the visually impaired, train station classified as historical monument
- Neue Mühle (part of Königs Wusterhausen): lock, 'Little Venice', zoo
- Deutsch Wusterhausen (part of Königs Wusterhausen): model house exhibition, church
- Prieros: church, small local history museum, botanical garden including educational and experimental parts, bio garden, Naturpark Dahme-Heideseen
- Mittenwalde: church, Earl-Yorck-of-Wartenburg-House (small local history museum), Paul-Gerhardt-House, town wall and gate with so-called 'Pulverturm' (tower), salt market
- Motzen: church, small local history museum, post mile column, golf course
- Teupitz: church, castle, market, state clinic
- Halbe: church, war graves memorial
- Kablow: church, village green
- In the Old Stone Age, approx. 10,000 to 8,000 BC, people settled in this region particularly along the banks of rivers. Around 3,500 to 2,000 BC (New Stone Age) there were already agricultural settlements growing wheat and barley as well as raising cattle. However, only around 2 000 to 600 BC (Bronze Age) settlement in water proximity throughout the Teltow region continued (for the first time tools, arms and jewellery have been found in urn fields).
- 600 to 0 (pre-Roman Iron Age): references which point to Germanic tribes of the so-called Jastorf era have been found. Until the 2nd century AD the tribe of the Semones lived between the Elbe and Oder rivers. In the 3rd and 4th centuries (late Roman Emperor Age) Germans of the Burgundian tribe settled in the Dahme-Notte-valley. During the Migration of the Peoples Age (4th to 6th centuries) Germans left the country.
- From the 10th century onwards German territorial prices attempted again and again to conquer the Slavic regions. Slavs and Ascanians alternated in ruling and being ruled. After 1245 colonists from the most different regions settled in this area. They came from Swabia, Northern Thuringia, the Netherlands and Eastern Franconia. In 1350 the plague devastated the country. In 1356 the Golden Bull changed the status of the Brandenburg margraviate. It became an electorate. Emperor Charles IV (1373-78) ordered the first "Landbuch" of the margravate Brandenburg to be compiled. Around 1400 the nobility fought against each other. The plague and epidemics guaranteed additional misery.
- During the Thirty Year's War (1618-1648) mercenary armies looted the country and killed its inhabitants. The Potsdam Edict of 1685 opened the doors of Brandenburg/Prussia for immigrants. In 1742 the Peace Treaty of Breslau brought new estates from Bohemia to Brandenburg. The Seven Year's War (1756-1763) under the reign of Frederic II brought terror. In 1815 the Vienna Congress formed the grounds for the reorganization of Prussia: the margravate Brandenburg became a province with administrations in Postdam and Frankfurt upon Oder. The German-French War (1870-71) brought new misery.
- After the terrors of WW I and WW II the reconstruction of the region took place in the 1950s. The GDR administration reform of 1952 divided the states into new districts. From now on our region belonged to the districts of Postdam, Frankfurt upon Oder and Cottbus. In the years of German reunification (1989/90) a new 'migration of the peoples' started. Germans from the East moved to the West and vice versa. Today, the Dahme lake region belongs to the thirteen tourist areas of the State of Brandenburg.
- Halbe: Village festival · festival with the fire department · "Zempern" (carnival parade) on Shrove Tuesday
- Groß Köris: Open House at the fire department (May) rose bush festival (June) · oven festival (July) · Neptune festival (July) · German Village Memorial Day (September)
- Klein Köris: rose bush festival (June)
- Königs Wusterhausen: Action day for he lesser able (May) · Oldtimer rallye (spring/fall) · lock festival (3rd week in June) · railroad station festival (July) · stadium celebration 'Small ISTAF' (August/September) · big children's party on World Child Day (August/September) · Dahmeland building fair (annually) · Christmas market (December)
- Mittenwalde: Carnival parade (November)
- Motzen: "Zempern" (a kind of carnival parade in January) · Easter egg spinning (April) · Easter fire (Maundy Thursday in April) · Open-air Ascension Day service (May)· village festival (June) · fishermen's festival (August) · Christmas concerts (December)
- Prieros: Spring festival (April) · festival of the rifle and shooting club (June) · children's party on World Child Day (June) · spring concert in the church (June) · celebration in the local history museum (August) · children's concert (September) · Advent concert (November)
- Ragow: stork's festival (May) · Easter fire (Maundy Thursday/April) · village festival (September) · get together under the Christmas tree (December)
- Schenkendorf: Start of the fishing season · Events on Dracula Castle: Easter fire (April), 'Walpurgis' night celebration (night from 30 April to 1 May)· numerous musical events all year round (ranging from classical concerts to folk and pop music) · antique and art auctions (every three months) · carnival parties (November) · Medieval Christmas (December) · New Year's Eve party
- Schönefeld: Open house (May) · ILA -- International Aviation Exhibition (bi-annually, next one in 2006)
- Teupitz: Teupitz lake festival · festival of the rifle and shooting club · church concerts · festival of the fire department · Palace events (e.g. brunch and music, sale fashion show, spectacular medieval New Year's Eve celebration on 31 December, etc.)
- Zernsdorf: pottery market (April/May) · Easter fire · summer festival · regattas
- Schulzendorf: Easter fire · summer festival
- Eichwalde: rose festival (June)
- Local history museum
Tel. 0 33 75 - 29 30 34
- Telecommunications and radio museum
Funkerberg, Senderhaus 1
15711 Königs Wusterhausen
Tel. 0 33 75 - 29 47 55
Fax 0 33 75 - 29 47 54
- Heimatstube Motzen
Tel. 03 37 69 - 5 07 83
- Heimatstube Mittenwalde
(nur zu erreichen über Heimatverein)
Tel. 03 37 64 - 2 04 33