The city of Brandenburg on the Havel was the historical heart of the Brandenburg March when it was colonized by the margraves of the Ascanian dynasty, Albrecht the Bear and his descendants, from the 12th century onwards. The town, like most of the localities in the region, was founded on the site of a Slavic site. Brandenburg gave its name to the region, as it was the main bishopric and its Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul still bears witness to this today. It was soon overtaken by Berlin and Potsdam and fell into a quiet lethargy (not to say an obvious depression since the fall of the GDR). But it will surprise the visitor with the beauty of its medieval relics, especially its numerous churches. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Nordic Middle Ages and its superb red brick buildings, go no further. The very lacustrine site, spread over several islands and the banks of the sinuous Havel, is picturesque. The surrounding nature attracts many visitors. Apart from its precious remains and its beautiful location, the small town of Brandenburg an der Havel is however not an ideal place to stay: it is inanimate... It is therefore more deserving of a day trip from Berlin.
Three districts can be distinguished: the Old Town (Altstadt) to the northwest on the banks of the Havel; the Neustadt with its large market and St. Katharine's Church and the Dominsel to the north (Cathedral Island). The railway station is located in the very south.
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