Tourism in Brandenburg

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Boat trips in Lehde, Spreewald

The tourism in Brandenburg is determined by landscape, palaces and castles , as historically valid city centers , forests and water-rich protected areas with opportunities for shore leave , water sports , cycling and hiking . In 2012 the industry had over 60,000 employees and almost 11.5 million overnight stays.

The Brandenburger Lebuser Land on the Oder was chosen for 2003/2004 as the cross-border landscape of the year . The Havel was named River Landscape of the Year in 2004/2005 . Since 2001 is Tourism Award of Brandenburg awarded annually three to be particularly "creative" prestigious tourist offers, as "exemplary" and current projects as "innovative" the existing services in the tourism are excellent.

Nuthe at Saarmund

The Spreewald Biosphere Reserve and the Westhavelland Nature Park , which together with the adjacent Luch landscapes Rhinluch , Havelländisches Luch , Dossebruch and Jäglitzniederung form a coherent inland wetland, are examples of areas frequented by tourists.

With 3,087 lakes, Brandenburg is in third place of all federal states after Bavaria and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania , with approx. 100,000 hectares, the water area takes up 13% of the total area of ​​the state.

Historic city centers

The working group “Cities with historic city centers” of the state of Brandenburg lists 31 cities with old city centers.

Large protected areas

The nature reserve in Brandenburg is a high priority. In 2002, 15 large protected areas were designated in the country , including one as a national park , three as a biosphere reserve and eleven as a nature park . Overall, the large protected areas take up around a third of the country's area. There are also nature reserves and total reserves such as the Plagefenn in the Schorfheide-Chorin biosphere reserve between Liepe and Brodowin - even forestry and entry is prohibited here. Parts of the large protected areas and other Brandenburg landscapes and sights can be explored on hiking trails, some of which are well developed . In addition, there are newly established and easily navigable cycle paths, which, like the Gurken cycle path in the Spreewald biosphere reserve , bring the diverse natural environment in Brandenburg closer.

Sign nature reserve

Regional parks

While national parks and nature parks are primarily committed to nature conservation, the historically younger regional parks around Berlin primarily serve a sustainable development of the city and the surrounding area, which with their strategy for the protection of open spaces focus on the areas of leisure and tourism. Eight regional parks in Brandenburg and Berlin endeavor under an umbrella association founded in 2003 to bring the scenic and cultural-historical characteristics of their regions closer to their own population and visitors - especially from the metropolitan region of Berlin / Brandenburg .

Hiking, sports and water

In Brandenburg there are 3400 km of signposted hiking trails available to hikers. This also includes the 374 km long 66 lakes regional park route around Berlin through all eight regional parks. In 2012 the German Hiking Day will take place in Fläming .

There are 2400 km of signposted cycle paths for cyclists. The longest cycle path is the Brandenburg Tour with over 1000 km , as well as the Flaeming Skate , a 230 km extended route with round courses for skaters.

Further tourist offers are over 100 riding stables , almost 350 riding clubs and over 5000 km of marked bridle paths. In addition, there are 20 providers of balloon rides , 17 golf courses (mostly with guest game regulations), 4 glider areas and 20 special landing sites such as sports airfields .

Further offers are two draisine routes on disused railway tracks. There are 3,087 lakes , 33,000 km of watercourses, 8,000 km of water for non-motorized watercraft such as canoes , and 1,600 km of water for motor boats .

Travel areas in Brandenburg and their sights

Church in Fahlhorst, stork's nest

For tourism, Brandenburg is divided into 13 travel areas, which are not always congruent with the administrative structure in counties (see above).


Aerial view of the Niederfinow ship lift

Dahme lake area


Plessa magpie mill


Sanssouci Palace and Park



Brickworks Museum Glindow


Lower Lusatia


Tower clock of the sewing machine factory in Wittenberge (largest free-standing tower clock on mainland Europe)

Ruppiner Seenland

Rheinsberg Castle
Holy grave chapel in the monastery Stift zum Heiligengrabe

Lake District Oder-Spree

The Oder-Spree lake district consists of the Märkisch-Oderland and Oder-Spree districts . The tourist umbrella organization of this region is the Tourismusverband Seenland Oder-Spree e. V. based in Bad Saarow.


Raft tourism on the Oberpfuhl, Lychen


Statistical data

Travel region Overnight stays
in accommodation establishments
and on campsites
Bed supply
in accommodation establishments
without campsites
Bed occupancy of
the accommodation establishments
without campsites
(2009, in percent)
Barnimer Land 731.200 4.137 35.7
Dahme lake area 707,400 4,274 38.1
Elbe-Elster-Land 211,300 1,554 32.9
Flaming 980,800 7,711 33.5
Havelland 769,800 6,281 27.2
Märkisch-Oderland 736.200 4,565 42.3
Lower Lusatia 417,900 2,981 25.8
Oder-Spree-Seengebiet 1,229,500 9,709 30.6
Potsdam 831,000 5,098 42.7
Prignitz 277.100 2,030 30.7
Ruppiner Seenland 1,290,800 9,854 33.1
Spreewald 1,274,000 7.195 39.4
Uckermark 795.100 5,267 35.8
Brandenburg 10.252.100 70,656 35.2

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Development and importance of the Brandenburg-specific clusters of food industry, plastics and chemistry, metal and tourism in the state of Brandenburg 2008 - 2012. (PDF) (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on September 3, 2014 ; Retrieved August 29, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Brandenburg tourism - sustainable and innovative. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on September 3, 2014 ; Retrieved August 29, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Tourism Barometer Annual Report 2010, Ostdeutscher Sparkassenverband