What to do and see in Brandenburg, Germany: The Best Places and Tips

April 8, 2018 Vergie Nakamoto

Brandenburg (German pronunciation: [ˈbʁandn̩bʊɐ̯k] ( listen); Low German: Brannenborg, Lower Sorbian: Bramborska, Upper Sorbian: Braniborsko) is one of the sixteen federated states of Germany. It lies in the northeast of the country covering an area of 29,478 square kilometers and has 2.48 million inhabitants. The capital and largest city is Potsdam. Brandenburg surrounds but does not include the national capital and city-state Berlin forming a metropolitan area.

1. Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Strasse der Nationen 22, 16515 Oranienburg, Brandenburg, Germany +49 3301 200200
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

More than 100,000 Jews, communists, intellectuals, gypsies and homosexuals were killed by Nazis between 1936 and 1945 in this concentration camp. Some of the buildings have been preserved in their original form including barracks, and a pathology department where Nazis performed medical experiments on the inmates.

Reviewed By Kuntal1995 - New Delhi, India

The place must be visited when in Berlin. It is located approximately 33 km from Berlin. The camp was primarily used for incarcerating political prisoners during 1936 to 1945. The gallows, barracks, dispensary for the prisoners brings out the sad and depressing era of modern history.
The audio guide provided at 2-3 Euro is useful but a short video of 15 minutes giving a brief overview of the camp would make the tour more enlightening.

2. Sans Souci Park

Zur Historischen Muhle, 14469 Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany +49 331 9694200
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Sans Souci Park

Reviewed By Michael A - Katerini, Greece

we took the s9 sbahn and visited the Potsdam Sans Souci park and palaces.worths the visit .in my opinion the best season period is late spring and summer.to enter the palace Sans Souci and neue palais they are fee entrances to go around the park is free.

3. Puecklerpark Branitz

Cottbus, Brandenburg, Germany +49 4935 575150
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Puecklerpark Branitz

Reviewed By denver60 - Denver, Colorado

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, one of Germany's 18th century garden architects, created a quirky, eccentric garden/park within the confines of his ancestral estate. The schloss is impressive and reveals some of Pückler-Muskau's tastes. Very interesting and enjoyable 2 hour visit - recommend.

4. Boat Lift (Schiffshebewerk) Niederfinow

Hebewerkstr. 52, 16248 Niederfinow, Brandenburg, Germany +49 33362 71377
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Boat Lift (Schiffshebewerk) Niederfinow

Reviewed By MandM29 - Ashbourne, United Kingdom

Eighty years on and this is still an engineering masterpiece. The adjacent concrete replacement is due to take over - or at least become operational - in the not too distant future but in the meantime make the most of this marvel of German engineering situated about thirteen miles from the Polish border.
We took a boat and actually experienced the 'lift' in action but you don't need to do that and it's certainly cheaper and arguably easier to see what is happening by climbing up to the top level and just watching the boats - including huge Polish coal barges - as they enter the lift.
Plenty of opportunities to 'refuel' on food and drink from kiosks at the bottom providing what, in our experience, was a very pleasant and reasonably priced meal.

5. Designer Outlet Berlin

Alter Spandauer Weg 1, 14641 Wustermark, Brandenburg, Germany +49 33234 9040
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Designer Outlet Berlin

Find your favourite designer brands at up to 70% off of the rrp all year round in Designer Outlet Berlin. Our beautiful setting just 30 minutes from the centre of Berlin, with cafes and restaurants, children's play area, free parking and more than 90 boutiques and more than 100 international brands, we have something for everyone. From iconic fashion brands like Escada, Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger to sporting labels like Nike and Adidas and high-street favourites like Guess and Desigual. Public Express Bus A05: Friday & Saturday from Berlin Zoologischer Garten. VIP Shuttle Service: Every Friday & Saturday you can take our shuttle bus from Berlin city centre (Kurfürstendamm) directly to Designer Outlet Berlin and enjoy special advantages (prices and timetables online).

Reviewed By Nir I - Tel Aviv, Israel

There are a wide range of shops, on certain days there are additional offers of the stores (a larger discount), it is important to register at the Information and take the coupons for an additional 10% discount.
On Saturdays and Sundays, I realized that there was a shuttle from Berlin to the Outlet.
The place is open, and the walk between the shops is outside so pay attention to the cold and rainy days (not so sympathetic)
Total nice and efficient for those who need to do shopping ... :)

6. Beelitz-Heilstatten

Beelitz-Heilstatten, Beelitz, Brandenburg, Germany +49 4933 20461262
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Beelitz-Heilstatten

Reviewed By HollisBrooke - Mosman, Australia

If you don't like sneaking around, I'd recommend taking a Go2Know tour here. Their website has the times but you can also book a tour through them on the weekends to go through one of the buildings. For 10€, our guide took us through the main building and explained the history of Beelitzer Heilstätten, including some stories from a lady who grew up with parents working there. Not all of the stories were warm memories. After about 40 minutes of speaking, we had twenty minutes to roam through the huge building's three floors, balconies, basement, and courtyard. It's easy to get lost, but pallet barriers keep you from getting into dangerous territory. This tour was great for a first time visit, but next year we plan to take a 7 hour tour through the same company. With this tour you pre-book online and then have all day to explore the grounds and many of the buildings at your leisure, and you can also bring along equipment.
We also didn't get to walk along the elevated path, but it looked great. The whole town is full of abandoned buildings, and many of them are worth a look. We got the advice to simply walk down some streets a bit further away from the main entrance, and that we would see many opportunities to wander. We were too chicken.
If you are feeling adventurous, remember to be very, very careful. There are wells and holes that go deep into dark places, and I've heard tunnels and other things as well. The flashlight on your phone won't do too much for that level of darkness. Also, wear sturdy shoes as there is broken glass and rusted metal everywhere. Probably wouldn't hurt to make sure your tetanus shot is up to date as well ;-)
That being said, there are some beautiful places. The old train station is so extravagant and you can see into it through the windows. Our tour guide said that the place was looted after a previous company owning the site went bankrupt and had to cancel the site security, so not a lot is left except the tiles and a bunch of junk. But it's still eerily beautiful.
The part open to the public would be great for kids. We even saw young children exploring the inside of the building after the tour. We saw a number of dogs on the grounds, although none on the tour. Bathrooms are available and there was also a cafe. Parking was free. Can't wait for our next visit.

7. Tropical Islands Resort

Staakow, 15910 Krausnick, Brandenburg, Germany +49 35477 605050
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Tropical Islands Resort

Reviewed By 167ondrejs - Belle Mare

It is really a special place as even if being inside, you feel like outside what is of course very special in winter. The indoor temparatu of 27 degrees is ideal and I liked especially a very natural look, thousands of flowers and even some animals.

8. Memorial Ravensbrueck

Strasse der Nationen, 16798 Furstenberg, Brandenburg, Germany +49 33093 6080
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Memorial Ravensbrueck

Reviewed By sophia27 - Colchester, United Kingdom

Found this place as we cycled Berlin-Copenhagen, well worth an hour or two to see this memorial (you can cycle around the grounds) which is extremely well done. Chilling to think what happened here.

9. Zoo Eberswalde

Am Wasserfall 1, 16225 Eberswalde, Brandenburg, Germany +49 4933 3422733
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Zoo Eberswalde

Reviewed By Mario L - Szczecin, Poland

This is a nice zoo , your kids will like it . Once you get there please reserve like 2 - 3 hours. There are many nice animals

10. Neuer Garten

Am Neuen Garten, 14469 Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany +49 331 9694200
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

Neuer Garten

Reviewed By Keving59 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Whilst we stayed in Berlin we wanted to visit Potsdam and see Glienicke Bridge. Close by is this delightful park. Coming in Autumn we benefited from the glorious colours on the trees. Not satisfied with visiting once, we came back a second the day after. It is truly an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin

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