In the footsteps of Fontane and Tucholsky
While on his Brandenburg rambles Theodor Fontane also arrived at Lake Stechlin, in the centre of the Ruppin Lake District. He noted the peace and quiet, and jotted down “nothing but green, blue, and the sun”. Even today, not so much has changed in the Stechlin-Ruppin District Nature Park. The region has the best ecological scores “in Germany. Lake follows lake, altogether 170 of them, like pearls on a necklace, many are linked by rivers and canals, set in broad forests. The green of Stechlin Lake is limpid and as clear as glass. Far off the metropolis, visitors find themselves in an ambient of tranquil serenity. Those with a romantic streak make for Rheinsberg, where poet Kurt Tucholsky’s lovers found calming quiet, and where modern visitors listen to the summer concerts in the castle park. It is not only the night in the castle park that draws visitors to Oranienburg, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2016; visitors to Brandenburg’s oldest baroque palace may feel as if they have time travelled back to the age of Princess Louise Henriette. Visitors are awaited by impressive buildings and fine horses in the Brandenburg main state stud, the equine “Sanssouci” in Neustadt (Dosse).