When you don’t have much vacation time you want to see as much as you can in the time allotted. So, might I recommend staying in the town of Kolkwitz, which is in the southern part of Brandenburg.
Kolkwitz? Yes, Kolkwitz. Why? Because not only is the town great to see itself, you’ll be right in a historical region known as Lusatia.
So, you’ve come to Kolkwitz, now what do you see? First off, there are many thinking marks found throughout the town. Each one designed to get you to think. Ha-ha… just a little humor there, but each one has a story to tell; and it’s a great way to understand the town’s history.
Going further back in Kolkwitz’s history can be found in Krieschow (one of Kolkwitz’s 18 hamlets) where you’ll find ancient grave hills. Too bad they’re mostly destroyed but, you still appreciate them for what they are.
Many visitors want castles and manor houses; and usually no trip to Germany is complete without one. Good thing Kolkwitz has one. Schloss Oberwitz was once a hunting lodge. Wow, this is bigger than most people’s homes and some count had this built just to go hunting; right around the time of the American Revolution. That would be 1776 for you folks that didn’t pay attention in U.S. History Class. ;-)
It’ll be interesting to compare the grandeur of the castle with the austere and bleak bunker that was built here during the German Democratic Republic times. That would be the GDR, when this part was in East Germany.
With that part out of the way, come spend the rest of your time in the Spree Forest, which is a UNESCO Biosphere area. The landscape was created by the last ice age; and is filled with tall trees, walking paths, historical houses, and you can even take boat rides along the waterways.
With all of this to see in Kolkwitz, I completely forgot about Lusatia!