Grünheide (Mark) Exists Thanks To The Railroads?

If it wasn’t for the railroad we might never have heard about the town of Grünheide (Mark).

All right, that’s not a totally accurate statement. But, before the railways were built in the 19th century — not too many people came to visit.

That’s all changed now, as Germany’s rail and bus system makes it quite simple to get here from nearby Berlin or from other points around the country.

I’m thinking the 13th century monks that called the village of Kagel home (one of Grünheide’s six) didn’t get around so easy. Their former monastery wasn’t found until the 1880’s, believe it or not.

Kagel’s current church is a site you need to see. This current building from 1868 replaced an older one.

Over in Hangelsberg, their village church wasn’t built until the 1920’s; but its early 19th century bell is said to have once hung at the historic St. George Church in Berlin.

Old churches seem to really be on the itinerary in Grünheide. I would be remiss in my writing duty not to tell you to see the village church in Kienbaum (which also houses a “super sports” center for the country’s top athletes), and the 19th century Lutheran Good Shepard Church (built 1892).

It’s not fair to spend all your time indoors looking at art. I think being outside is just as important. Thankfully there are a number of lakes (some Yahoo wants to call it a “system of lakes”). I just call them the Priestersee, the Baberowsee, Liebenberger See, and the Priestersee.

What else can I tell you to see? How about heading to the Cultural Center in Kagel for a number of musical and other culture events?

Or, trying to find the bunkers from the days when this area was the German Democratic Republic; which is also why you’ll find a Soviet War Memorial (at New Erkner Straße & Friedrich Engels Straße).

The Soviet memorial isn’t the only one, there’s a War Memorial at Löcknitz Brücke, and another on Karl-Marx-Straße.

I guess we should thank the railroad for making our trip to Grünheide easy enough. It’d be a shame to have missed it.

 

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