THINGS CAN BE SO SIMPLE
New York, Shanghai, Brandenburg – since Tesla invested in a new site in Grünheide in Mark Brandenburg, the largest eastern German state has joined the illustrious ranks of the world’s premier e-car factories. In fact, the shift to greener energy is being rolled out all over the state: Rolls Royce is researching hybrid-electric aircraft, and the former coal region of Lusatia is being transformed into a gigawatt factory.
In the state of Brandenburg, economic growth and climate protection go hand in hand with a wonderful natural backdrop. More than 3,000 lakes and 33,000 km of watercourses make Brandenburg the state with the most water. There are 15 expansive protected areas where you can immerse yourself in nature. Or simply wander through the forests which cover more than a third of the state’s area.
With this mix of water, forest and science, Brandenburg has for years been the German champion in attracting new residents, with most newcomers moving here from Berlin. For decades, Berliners viewed the countryside surrounding the capital as ‘jwd – jaaanz weit draußen’ (the back of beyond). That has all changed now, and the former back of beyond has emerged as the centre of now!
Frederick II had Sanssouci Palace (which translates as “without care”) built between 1745 and 1747 in the Rococo style as a summer residence. The park of the same name is considered the Prussian Versailles and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Crunchily delicious: Germany’s most famous gherkins are pickled in the Spreewald. Grown on humus-rich soil and seasoned with special spices, these gherkins are in a class of their own.
No other federal state has more storks breeding than Brandenburg. Rühstädt, the village with the most nests nationwide, is part of the Elbe-Brandenburg River Landscape Biosphere Reserve.
From sailing to wakeboarding, canoeing, stand-up paddling or even houseboating – Brandenburg offers countless prime spots for water sports along the Havel, Dahme and Spree rivers.
An export hit for 30 years: engines from Dahlewitz. Rolls-Royce is a global leader in engine production and is researching the future of climate-neutral aviation.
BRANDENBURG AT THE FESTIVAL OF UNITY
“Where is this?”
… “The back of beyond!” In the past, Brandenburg may have been considered the sticks, but now people are falling over themselves to move here: for years, Brandenburg has been the state in Germany that attracts the most new residents. Germany’s most watery state is drawing people from all over.
And is that really a surprise? Here, in our lovely state, you’re never far from water – with a choice of Canada-like wilderness, rustic Spreewald charm or places close to Berlin’s buzz. Here, you can build engines, electric cars and wind turbines – or tree houses. Did we mention that 40 per cent of the state is covered with forests? Between the Oder and Elbe rivers, we offer a place to unwind – or to take off.
Come and find out yourself: pay a visit to the state that everyone wants to move to. On the 2nd and 3rd of October from 10 am until 6 pm each day, on Mönckebergstraße, just behind the underground station. Explore our tree house, tickle your soles on the barefoot path, discover the art of brewing, travel destinations and the Baumstubben cinema – and sing along to our unofficial national song.
We look forward to seeing you.
FOR GERMAN UNITY DAY 2023:
THE MINISTER-PRESIDENT OF BRANDENBURG, DIETMAR WOIDKE
A TYPICAL SAYING IN THE LOCAL DIALECT
“You can’t complain.” (There is no higher praise in Brandenburg…)
OUR MOST UNUSUAL LIVE WEBCAM
… is located on the world’s highest wind measurement mast in the energy community of Schipkau. It is 300 metres tall and weighs almost 700 tonnes.
A TRADITIONAL DISH FROM OUR REGION
Potatoes with linseed oil and quark cheese
A REALLY WEIRD FACT ABOUT OUR STATE
The only branch of ALDI with its own jetty can be found in Brandenburg’s capital, which has lots of water. It’s surprisingly popular – prepare to bump into celebrities here…
THE LOVELIEST LINE FROM OUR UNOFFICIAL NATIONAL STATE ANTHEM
“…mmm, difficult to say. We really can’t decide. Have a listen and see what you think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aiIUoGZkxM
One thing’s certain, though: We definitely love Brandenburg!