When it comes to going for walks, Teltow is not an inside tip.
The industrial and technology site has, financially speaking, blossomed. In addition
to this, the Teltow turnips, which were once eulogised by Goethe and
Fontane, are once again back in fashion. But be careful! Just because a turnip
is called a Teltow turnip doesnt mean it actually is one. If you wish to
find out more, pay a visit to the local history museum. History really comes to
life in Teltows oldest house in Hohen Steinweg 13.
And there is a totally different type of museum in the Teltow district of Ruhlsdorf.
The first and only pig museum in Germany gives an amazing insight into the development
of pig farming and breeding.
It is only a few minutes by car from Blankenfelde-Mahlow to Rangsdorf and Zossen
as well as to the once forbidden town of Wünsdorf. In Zossen you can discover
remnants of the ancient town fortification in the municipal park. The Alte
Krug (old jug) with its exhibition of local history presents all sorts of
things worth seeing, including an authentic black kitchen.
a garrison town since the beginning of the 20th century, is definitely worth a
visit. The firing range, parade ground as well as military encampment once used
by the Kaisers soldiers became the headquarters from which Nazi-Germany
commanded its troops, which brought death and destruction to the whole of Europe
in World War II. But Wünsdorf is better known as the headquarters of the
supreme command of Soviet and later Russian forces in Germany, which it remained
until the beginning of the 1990s. The chance to see the former bunker system
should not be missed.
cradle of broadcasting in Germany
The museum of radio technology in Königs
Wusterhausen is extremely interesting for technology fans. The 200 metre antenna
mast can be seen from a great distance. The first ever German radio programme,
a Christmas concert performed by postal staff, was broadcast from the hill known
as Funkerberg, a former windmill site, on 22 December 1920.
The Mellensee and the surrounding area have always been favourite places for excursions.
And it only takes a few minutes by car to reach your destination. The word lake
conjures up the image of swimming and sailing or the tranquillity necessary for
fishing. All of this can be found here. You can go for wonderful walks in the
nature reserve. Nature lovers will take pleasure in the diversity of the flora
and fauna. It is highly recommendable to watch the sluice in action.
In Klausdorf, also situated on the banks of the Mellensee, visitors can enjoy
the lovely lido with water slide and surf beach or, needless to say, hire a boat.
Relive the former production of bricks at the brickworks where a functioning historic
kiln can be marvelled at.
In Saalow you can see a unique
technical innovation in Europe, the barn windmill built in 1864, which used a
draught as its source of energy. If you are already in the area and searching
for technological history, then you should also visit the paltrock windmill when
leaving the town in the direction of Mellensee. It was built in the middle of
the 19th century as a bock windmill in the present day district of Berlin Schöneberg
and moved to Saalow in 1903. It was a working mill until 1971.
The small town is well worth a visit. The municipal park is perfect if you wish
to go for a walk. Discover remnants of the ancient town fortification here, which
was a victim of the Thirty Years War. The Kleine Galerie always presents
new cultural experiences in its regularly changing exhibitions. Lime was still
burnt until 1922 in the Oertel lime kiln. And today, the blast furnaces remain
as industrial monuments which are well worth seeing. The water tower built in
1898 was used to supply Zossen with water up until 1994. Ultimately, you should
take a look at the oldest house in Zossen. Built in 1750 as a public house, the
Alte Krug was lived-in until 1982. Now the building has been beautifully
renovated, the outside is a sight to see and inside the local history museum gives
an insight into the lives of the people of this region.
The town of Blankensee and the similarly named lake lie to the west of the district
of Teltow-Fläming, not far from Trebbin. The farming museum is not only locally
well known. The building itself, which was built in 1649 just one year after the
end of the Thirty Years War, is fascinating to look at. To be able to experience
history is especially exiting for children. It is particularly amazing to watch
a spinner at work and see thread being made, to listen with rapt attention to
the teller of fairy stories or to actually do and touch something. A favourite
activity is to work with beeswax. And it is possible to learn everything about
the life of a bee and how honey is made from a specialist, the beekeeper. Not
so interesting for children, but for the town still very important and well worth
visiting, are the castle and the castle grounds. Christian Wilhelm von Thümen
had the castle built in 1740. The grounds were landscaped years later in 1832
and based on plans by Lenné. The writer Hermann Sudermann bought the grounds
in 1902 and redesigned them according to his own wishes. Today the grounds are
known as the Suderman-Park.
If you plan to
visit Großbeeren on 23 August, be prepared for a real battle. Because every
year this is the day of war in Großbeeren and it's fun for everyone! From
all across Germany and various neighbouring countries military enthusiasts flock
to the annual re-enactment of the battle against Napoleons troops. The Prussian
General Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow was responsible for Napoleons
defeat. And why? Because he just didnt keep to the traditional rules of
war! A battle should start early in the morning when the weather is fine, after
all a soldier also wishes to get the job over and done with by the evening. But
no, von Bülow didnt believe in this and commenced the fighting in the
afternoon, even though it was pouring with rain. Unbelievable! For this reason,
he has a place in military history and we have to search frantically for a place
to park the car on this day!