Enjoy a rustic cottage just outside of Berlin in Oranienburg
Oranienburg sitting just north of Berlin is an idyllic town in Brandenburg offers a quiet and relaxed place to rent your holiday home. Oranienburg is noted for its regal yet contemporary atmosphere, making it a lovely place to stay, away from the stresses of city life.
Stay in the heart of Brandenburg, an iconic region for your holiday
Oranienburg palace demonstrates the Dutch ties to Brandenburg and has stood proudly since the 17th century. The beautiful Baroque exterior is the oldest in terms of palaces in Germany and built for Louise Henriette of Nassau, the palace demonstrates the power and wealth of the former inhabitants of this grand building. There are two museums within the palace, showing both Baroque artwork and collections of porcelain and jewellery and the gardens are also worth exploring. The palace also stands as something of a contrast to the role the area had in the persecution of minorities under the Nazi’s.
Brandenburg is known for its beautiful nature and the region holds 3000 lakes for you to explore. Spreewald to the South East of Berlin is a UNESCO protected site and the inhabitants display a unique Slavic heritage. Brandenburg an der Havel is also known for its medieval architecture and is great to explore if you enjoy cycling. The Cathedral in the centre serves as the key principality for the state. Nearby, the Lower Havel basin offers an escape into a different rural environment and if you are lucky you might even see beavers and otters in their natural habitats!
Discover majestic remnants of the Baroque Period in Oranienburg
The magnificent Sanssouci palace in Potsdam holds one of the most extensive and beautiful gardens in Germany and features buildings of the Baroque and Neo- Classical periods dotted throughout. If you have visited Kew Gardens or one of England’s finest royal gardens, the gardens here will certainly exceed your expectations. The New Palace commissioned by King Friedrich II stands almost as it was in the 18th century as it was far away from the bombing targets of the allies and due to the date of commission, it stands as something of an interesting transition away from the Baroque period towards modernity and its grand surroundings impressed Kaiser Wilhelm II so much that it was his preferred residence until his abdication.
Sachsenhausen concentration camp is undoubtedly a sombre visit, having been one of the internment camps for political dissidents in the Third Reich and while it was largely only used to hold a limited number of prisoners in the first years of the war, executions began to increase before the installation of gas chambers and incineration plants similar to those at Auschwitz. Nevertheless, the site serves as an important testimony to the dark legacy of the period and the exhibits and artwork in the museum serve as a touching and dignified memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
As Oranienburg is located so close to Berlin, it provides a great place to rent your holiday home if you want the peace and quiet of the countryside while being able to plan an excursion to the capital at ease. Another recommended daytrip is to Magdeburg, lying to the south West of Oranienburg. Oranienburg offers both picturesque surroundings and a diverse history and is a great choice of destination.