In the agricultural Tetlow-Fläming District of Brandenburg is the pretty town of Blankenfelde-Mahlow. It’s so close to Berlin that you could walk into the city if you wanted to, but surrounded by enough countryside that you feel outside of the busy center.
Filled with small churches and with views to the wooded hill chain to the south, you can easy forget how close you are to the country’s capital. The Promenade in the town park was recently appointed ‘the most beautiful in Germany’ and there are many other reasons to have you camera at hand when visiting here.
The Kolonnenweg is an old railway line passing by Blankenfelde-Mahlow, that has since been transformed into a fantastic and well sign-posted walking route. It has many places to visit along the way no matter what part you choose to walk and some great photo opportunities.
The architect Bruno Taut lived in the town — and his house certainly attracts the crowds. Although nowhere near as extravagant as some of his creations, it shows the ‘real’ side to his character and everyday life.
And everyday life is what you’ll see when you wander around the busy streets in the town center. Cafes and restaurants offering local and international dishes either out on the pavements or deep within some intriguing buildings.
For something a bit more energetic, why not bring your skates and cruise along part (or all) of the Fläming-Skate. This is a 160 km inline skating route that runs past here — the only route like it in whole Germany and it certainly takes in some stunning views whenever you need to take a break!
Blankenfelde-Mahlow has direct train links to Berlin, and so is a great base from which to explore the city without paying a premium — and without getting caught up in endless traffic and one way streets! ;-) Also close by and sometimes called the ‘jewel of Brandenburg’ is the UNESCO city of Potsdam a short drive to the west.
The whole area of the district has been inhabited since Neolithic times, so the wealth of culture and history here is very strong. You won’t have to wait long between suprises!