This landscape is shaped by the river Havel, its canals and lakes. The river also gave name to this region. Coniferous and mixed forests with pine trees, oaks, beeches and birches as well as gentle meadows and wide fields are to be found here. There are also old villages with historical centres where the region's agricultural heritage becomes real. Take a trip through the 'Havelland' region along the "Deutsche Alleenstraße" and get to know towns like 'Golzow, Brandenburg, Nauen' before finally reaching 'Linum'. Go lake-hopping on the so-called "Havelländische Seenkette”: lakes Schwielow, Beetz, Plauer See, Breitling, Großer and Kleiner Zernsee, Gülp and Hohennau-Ferchesar all offer splendid water-sport activities.
In close proximity to the German capital Berlin there are two nature parks--"Döberitzer Heide" and "Krämer Forst". The western part of the Havelland region is the biggest nature park of the state of Brandenburg. Its wetlands are of international importance. Enjoy the beautiful panorama view from the so-called "Rhinow Mountains" into the "Rhinluch" and the "Havelland Luch". Traditionally around the town of Werder there have been fruit tree plantations.
The Ice Age shaped this landscape: powerful masses of glaciers rounded the landscape, leaving behind swamps, the arms of the river Havel and in between ground and end moraines on which towns and villages were founded. The river Havel was first mentioned as "Habola" in 789. Until the 6th century Germanic tribes settled in this region, followed by Slavs.
After the German conquest (Albrecht der Bär) in 1157 new settlers arrived, mainly from the lower Rhine valley region. Brandenburg upon Havel is the region's oldest town. The construction of the cathedral started in 1165. In the 17th century the town lost its function as capital to Potsdam. In 1180 Otto I gave the region's first and most important monastery in Lehnin to the Cistercians.
Medieval heritage can be traced in the towns of Nauen and Brandenburg. From the 18th century onward the swampy Havel region was drained with dykes, paternosters and ditches. The Prussian kings discovered the beauty of the Havel region and built rural palaces and summer residences here; Queen Louise and Frederic William III in Paretz, the great "Kurfürst" and Dorothea of Holstein-Glücksburg in Caputh. Famous architects and landscape gardeners such as David Gilly, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Peter Joseph Lenné and Friedrich August Stüler designed palaces, churches and parks. Theodor Fontane dedicated one volume of his "Wanderungen durch die Mark" to the Havel region. Near Stölln Otto Lilienthal flew for the first time up to 250 m.
In 1801 Johann Heinrich August Duncker founded the "Optische Industrieanstalt" in Rathenow thus laying the grounds for the development of the optical industry in Germany.
'Havelländischer Karneval' (carnival)
'Baumblütenfest in Werder upon Havel' (tree blossom festival)
State fair in Paaren upon Glien, harbour festival in Caputh, 'Kirchbergfest' in Rathenow (church festival)
Havel festival in Brandenburg, country festival in Stechow, balloon festival "Montgolfiade Brandenburg” in Wagenitz, Dosse festival in Großderschau
Jazz festival in Brandenburg, barn festival in Paretz, Havel festival in Strodehne, brick festival in Glindow
Lilienthal festival in Stölln, mill festival in Werder upon Havel, 'Dachsberg' festival in Premnitz, beach festival in Wusterwitz
pumpkin festival in Lehnin, 'Musiktage' ("music days") in Brandenburg upon Havel
Various harvest festivals in the Havel region, summer music festivals in Caputh Palace, oven festivals in Emstal and Falkensee, 'Bergfest' (mountain festival) in Rhinow.
- Water-based activities
- Steamer rides
- horse-back riding
- hiking and biking
- family farm holidays
- special offers for nature lovers