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Prignitz

Landscape

The sparsely populated Prignitz region was shaped by the Ice Age which left behind a landscape dominated by end moraines. At its western edge the rivers Elbe and Havel flow through its glacial valleys. "Flußlandschaft Elbe" is the name of the biosphere reserve along the river Elbe.

Many small rivers and creeks, e.g. 'Stepenitz', 'Dosse', 'Löcknitz' and 'Karthane', can be found here. In the northeast spurs of the "Mecklenburgische Seenplatte" are noticeable. Wide open fields and woodlands, idyllic lakes, fresh green meadows and foggy pastures are perfect not only for storks and rabbits. This is unspoilt, peaceful nature.

Rare flora and fauna specimens have been able to survive here and are now under special protection in nature reserves. Horse chestnut, oak tree and birch alleys as well as old stone paved back roads often connect small villages with each other.

Vast forests on sandy soil are not only a paradise for deer. Mushroom pickers find many delicious mushrooms here. Anglers can fish many different species of fish in uncountable numbers of lakes and ponds.

Sights

  • Bad Wilsnack:
    old town hall (18th century), Saint Nikolai pilgrimage church
  • Demerthin:
    Renaissance palace
  • Eldenburg:
    Quitzow tower and park
  • Groß Pankow:
    former mansion of the Gans Edle zu Putlitz family
  • Heiligengrabe:
    cloister convent
  • Helle:
    typical 'round village' with church
  • Lanz:
    birth house of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn and memorial
  • Lenzen:
    castle and castle museum, town hall, "Stumpfer Turm" (tower, remains of the town wall)
  • Lindenberg:
    small train museum with original vehicles
  • Mellen:
    megalithic grave
  • Meyenburg:
    church, palace and park, remains of town wall
  • Perleberg:
    town hall, Saint-Jakobi-Church, "Roland" (1498), museum, local zoo, medieval town centre with market
  • Plattenburg:
    biggest water castle in northern Germany
  • Pritzwalk:
    Saint-Nikolai-Church, local history museum, Bismarck-Tower, town hall
  • Putlitz:
    church, castle ruinswith preserved tower, palace, town hall
  • Rühstädt:
    village with most storks in Germany, Nature Watch Elbtalaue
  • Seddin:
    royal grave (larges tone in Europe,  126 m diametre und 11 m high)
  • Stepenitz:
    Marienfließ convent
  • Wittenberge:
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    Steintor" (13th century), town hall, "Jahn-Schule", harbour, museum, new-Gothic church, clock tower (Europe's second largest clock tower)
  • Wittstock:
    town wall (2.5 km long, brick construction–unique in Germany), Saint-Marien-Church, remains of old Bishop's palace, old and new Freyenstein palace

History

Under the reign of King Henry I (around 875-936) German forays started. In the battle near Lenzen in 929 the Slavs suffered a first defeat. However, not before 1147 did Albrecht of Ballenstedt finally succeed in conquering the Prignitz region. Knights as well as farmers from Lower Saxony and the Netherlands started to arrive. Forests became areas of arable lands, villages grew and became towns. With Havelberg and Witstock as religious centres bishops led the christianization of the region. Craft and trade grew considerably. The towns of Pritzwalk and Perleberg joined the Hanseatic League.

However the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) as well as the devastating year of the plague (1638) stopped these developments. Fires, which often ruined large parts of towns, added to this. Only after the Prussian Reforms in the second half of the 19th century a noticeable upswing commenced. Towards the end of the century industialization came to the Prignitz area and brought with it modest prosperity which is reflected in some buildings. The well-preserved historical town centres of the Prignitz region express loving care of this heritage. The area's typical "Rundlingsdörfer" (round villages) are worth a visit—brick houses ("nord-deutsche Backsteingotik") can be found everywhere. But there are also simple half-timbered houses, churches, castles and palaces as well as mansions to be seen. Because of a host miracle after a fire in 1383 the town of Bad Wilsnach became a pilgrimage place.

Regional Events

May
Lenzen: felt festival
Perleberg: zoo festival
Wittstock: "Heidelauf"(race)
Freyenstein: park and castle festival
Gadow: rhododendron festival
Meyenburg: town festival
Blüthen: riding tournament

June
Plattenburg: medieval happenings
Wittenberge: Dixieland festival
Perleberg: "Roland" festival and asparagus market
Seddin: King Hinze Performance
Streckenthin: Flax blossom festival
Pritzwalk: medieval market
Bad Wilsnack: Prignitz choir meeting
Wittstock: Truck and Music festival, Wittstock hiking days–first weekend of June

July
Rühstädt: stork festival
Perleberg: historical town centre and "Roland" festival
Plattenburg: children's castle festival
Groß Lüben: riding tournament
Wittstock: castle festival


August
Kuwalk: "Kuwalkade"
Bad Wilsnack: "Wunderblut" festival
Perleberg: Perleberg aeronautic days,
"Lotte-Lehmann" week
Wittenberge: town and harbour festival

September
Prignitz harvest festival
Perleberg: "Gottfried-Arnold-Kolloquium"

October
Perleberg: potato market
Wittstock: "Oktoberfest"

Tourist Attractions

  • Art and Culture
    • Prignitz-Summer-Events (May-September)
    • Concerts in Heiligengrabe Convent (May-August)
  • Bike-hiking
  • hiking
  • canoe trips, water tourism
  • fishing
  • family farm holidays
  • sleeping in hay
  • riding, horse-buggy tours
  • museums, historical town centres
  • guided town walks
  • "Natur pur" (biosphere reserve)
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