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1. Oranienburg Castle

Oranienburg Castle

Oranienburg Castle

Castle

Castle

Sheltered between two museums, the castle is the oldest baroquean castle of Mark Brandenburg (1652). Located in the historical town centre of Oranienburg it is directly on the Havel. The Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation organized the exhibition of 17th century works of art, a unique collection of silver and the collection of porcelain which is well worth seeing.  The Kreismuseum houses an extensive exhibition of the regional and cultural history of Havel.

Opening times:

April to October: Tue. - Sun. 10-18.00, the last admission is at 17.30, Tue.- Fri.  guided tours only
November to March: Tue. - Fri. 10 -16.00 guided tours only, last admission is at 15.30, Sat., Sun., public holidays 10 - 17.00, last admission is at 16.30
www.spsg.de

3. Castle Square

Castle Square

Castle Square

The historic city centre has been brought to life by the redesigned castle square and repositioning the castle bridge (2007-2009), completing the ensemble of castle, the monument to the Electress Louise Henriette and the Havel. The castle square is a unique setting for festivals, cultural events and the weekly market.

2. The Accussing

The Accussing

The Accussing

The monument in the castle square by the distinguished sculptor Fritz Cremer is a reminder to the contemplator never to forget the darkest chapter of German history and to guard against it ever happening again, as the inscription "Schmerz gebäre Tat"- "Let pain bring forth deeds" so vividly emphasises.

4. Castle Park and Entrance Portal

Castle Park and Entrance Portal

Castle Park and Entrance Portal

The founder of the town of Oranienburg, the Electress Louise Henriette of Orange-Nassau (1627-1667) ordered the laying out of these pleasure gardens in the Dutch style. The castle park has been altered several times over the centuries, receiving its present redesign for the 2009 state horticultural show. The park is now about 30 ha in size and during the gardening highlight months of summer is host to a diverse cultural program ranging from cabaret, popular theatre to the classics. www.gartenschau-oranienburg.de
Decorated with the monogram of the Electors, the prestigious entrance portal was designed by the architect J.A. Nehring in 1690. The entrance pillars are crowned by allegorical figures depicting autumn and summer.

5. Castle Harbour / Havel Promenade

Castle Harbour / Havel Promenade

Castle Harbour / Havel Promenade

With three canals and two lakes, Oranienburg is a town of water.  This is particularly evident as you walk along the Havel promenade and the new castle harbour, which was opened in 2009. Close by there is also a very invitingly green and leafy caravan site – as unlikely as it seems, as this is still the centre of the town.

6. Orangery

Orangery

Orangery

Renovated to do justice to its historic relevance, there is an orangery in the castle park. As the town's "cultural temple", it is a venue for top class events and a magnet for the thousands of visitors who arrive annually from the region and the capital of Berlin.

7. The Blumenthals' House

The Blumenthals' House

The Blumenthals' House

There is a plaque on the lodge of the court gardener, now known as the "Blumenthalsches Haus", in memory of the Jewish banker family who used to live here. The forefathers of today's director of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Prof. W. Michael Blumenthal, lived in this house until the National Socialists came to power. Prof. W. Michael Blumenthal was nominated an honorary citizen of Oranienburg in 2000.

8. Magistrate's House

Magistrate's House

Magistrate's House

Close to the castle square, the Magistrate's House - das Amtshauptmannshaus is the second oldest house in the town after the castle. The two storey building was built as the residential house for the electoral magistrate and today is one of Oranienburg’s most important early Baroque listed buildings.

9. Orphanage

Orphanage

Orphanage

At the end of the Breite Straße is the orphanage, a two storey red brick building in the Dutch style. The Electress founded the orphanage in 1665 for 24 children to celebrate the birth of the heir to the throne, Karl Emil. The entrance door bears the family crest of the house of Oranien. The house is now owned by the District of Oberhavel Health Authority.

10. St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church

The church steeple, visible at a distance, extends its hand in greeting to the visitor. Dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen, mariners and merchants, at 57.4 metres it is the town’s tallest building. The viewing platform offers a spectacular view of the town. Platform opening times: May to October 10.00 to 17.00.

11. Louise-Henriette Jetty

Louise-Henriette Jetty

Louise-Henriette Jetty

Built in 1895, originally in wood, the bridge was and still is the shortest way from the railway station to the old town for pedestrians and cyclists. The old hump-back bridge, which became known as the "Schwindsuchtsbrücke" - "tuberculosis bridge" - as the hump of the bridge gave TB sufferers the opportunity to snatch a breath of air, was later replaced by a steel construction. On the west side, it leads to an alley of old trees, an oasis of green in the town centre.

12. Railway Station Square

Railway Station Square

Railway Station Square

Here in the Bahnhofsplatz you will find a group of important listed buildings. The building opened in 1914 which used to be the Reform- Realgymnasium (natural science grammar school), the current Friedlieb- Ferdinand-Runge- Gymnasium (grammar school), the general post office built in 1927 and the railway station opened in 1877, but rebuilt in 1915 and renovated in 2001. The capital city of Berlin can be reached in 25 minutes from here by S-Bahn or regional train.

13. Memorial Site and Museum of Sachsenhausen

Memorial Site and Museum of Sachsenhausen

Memorial Site and Museum of Sachsenhausen

The memorial and museum of Sachsenhausen occupies the site of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and currently displays 12 different permanent exhibitions depicting the town’s varied history for the visitors from Germany and abroad, who annually exceed 40,000 in number. It will continue to be a place of remembrance and sorrow, while at the same time being a museum of modern history with a special role, for example, humanitarian support for the survivors and relatives of the survivors and historical political education. It is host to special events such as film screenings, debates and readings.

Tel.: visitor service:  03301 - 20 00

Opening times:

15th March to 14th October daily from 8.30 -18.00
15th October to 14th March daily from 8.30 -16.30
The museum is closed on Mondays
The visitor information centre, the open air documentation and memorial "Station Z" are open daily.
www.gedenkstaette-sachsenhausen.de

14. TURM ErlebnisCity

TURM ErlebnisCity

TURM ErlebnisCity

The TURM Erlebniscity is known well in Oberhavel and beyond for its wide range of sporting activities, the leisure and sport swimming pool, sauna, bowling, skittles, climbing, beach ball, MBS ARENA and its fitness club.
It offers a good selection of cuisine. The 500.000 visitors annually are proof that it is one of
Berlin Brandenburg's most popular leisure pools.

www.erlebniscity.de

15. Lehniz Lake and Lock

Lehniz Lake and Lock

Lehniz Lake and Lock

Close by to the TURM ErlebnisCity is the idyllically situated Lehnitzsee.

Enticing in the summer months for a swim, the lake can also be explored by rowing boat or paddle boat. Walk around the Lehnitzsee or cycle along the Berlin Copenhagen bike path for a wonderful view of the Lehnitz lock.

16. Oranienburg - Eden

Oranienburg - Eden

Oranienburg - Eden

Oranienburg has its own Garden of Eden. In 1893, 18 vegetarians founded an orchard colony. The first vegetarian colony in Germany developed alternatives for a healthy life existing in harmony with nature. The grounds of the present-day cooperative are home to the Eden Café, a kindergarten and the Eden music workshop.

Opening times:

Sun. 14.00 - 17.00
www.eden-eg.de

17. Germendorf Dinosaur Park, Zoo and leisure Park

Germendorf Dinosaur Park, Zoo and leisure Park

Germendorf Dinosaur Park, Zoo and leisure Park

The zoo and leisure park, popular for the wide variety of attractions and its moderate entrance fees, also opened an enormous dinosaur park in 2009. Original size dinosaurs are distributed over a lovingly maintained area of 50 ha, which also includes bathing areas, playgrounds and barbeque facilities, not to mention the indigenous and exotic animals for you to marvel at. There is also a petting zoo and game enclosure.

www.freizeitpark-germendorf.de

18. Oberhavel Farmers' Market in Schmachtenhagen

Oberhavel Farmers' Market in Schmachtenhagen

Oberhavel Farmers' Market in Schmachtenhagen

Not only can you buy fresh products directly from the growers, you can also expect an exciting day out with live events, huge flea market and rides on the "leisure bus".

Note. Closed Mondays.

www.oberhavel-bauernmarkt.de

19. Friedrich-Wolf Memorial

Friedrich-Wolf Memorial

Friedrich-Wolf Memorial

The last home of Friedrich and Else Wolf was turned into a memorial to them in 1973. Their living and work rooms have been preserved as they were and can be viewed. The author and doctor Friedrich Wolf bequeathed a wealth of literary works. The memorial house is also host to exhibitions, readings and lectures on subjects of special interest.
Opening times: Fri. 10.00 - 14.00

www.friedrichwolf.de