Brandenburg: The Seat of German Power
Brandenburg may be best known as the region surrounding Berlin.
There's an obvious advantage there and renting a holiday home in Brandenburg is a great way to experience the cosmopolitan activities of Berlin, but there's plenty to do outside of the city proper.
Germany´s capital, Berlin, may be the biggest selling point of Bradenburg, but it's still a region rich with natural majesty. If you're looking for an excuse to get away from the hub-bub of the urban center, consider a trip to Spreewald. This biosphere is an easy day trip from Berlin, and it's rich with natural beauty.
The Spree River feeds an extensive network of wetlands and forests, and while there's plenty of flora and fauna to gawk at, it's not bereft of human life.
The town of Lübbenau offers a museum highlighting local arts and crafts, and there's plenty of opportunities to go on outdoor excursions via the dense pathways of bike trails. Then there's the museum at Schloss Lübben which highlights the history of the region's resilient natives.
But that's just scratching the surface of natural beauty in the region. One third of Brandenburg's territory is set aside for nature preserves, and many of these can be explored by visitors. The area boasts 240 different nature reserves, and most of these can be explored on foot, on bike, or on horseback. Guided tours are available for families who are looking for a more driven experience.
But you don't have to venture out into the wilderness to experience Sanssouci Palace. Located in the state capital of Potsdam, this 18th century landmark was an attempt by Friedrich the Great to challenge the majesty of Versailles. While his attempt can't quite match the opulence of France's most extravagant king, it's still an important piece of history that's well worth a visit.
A trip to Brandenburg would of course be incomplete without venturing into Berlin itself. The stoic tone of the German capital might not seem especially family-friendly at first blush, but there are plenty of welcoming attractions for younger guests.
The DDR Museum is somber but inviting, offering kids a look into the everyday struggles that Berlin residents had to deal with during the Cold War divide, while the Museum of Technology can spark their wondrous imaginations by teaching them the history of manmade flight.
Families looking to blow off a little extra steam will find just what they're looking for in the Labyrinth Kindermuseum. This building is rich with exhibits that are tailor-made for younger children, and the focus is on hands-on displays and exhibitions tailored to the preschool crowd.
Whether you're a family or a couple, you shouldn't neglect a stop by the Neues Museum. It features one-of-a-kind artifacts from Imperial Egypt (the highlight is the bust of Nefertiti) as well as bleeding edge architecture that's sure to stun.