Nuthe-Urstromtal is where you can really (really, really) stretch out. How could you not, there are less than 7,000 people living in over 337 square kilometers in 23 districts!
Fourteen of those, BTW, are totally within the Nuthe Nieplitz Nature Park. And what a nature park it is — a glacial valley created by the last Ice Age.
Aren’t all the hiking trails and walking paths along the orchards and bogs beautiful? One of the longest in the country is the Fläming Walk, which is 190km of bike trails and 12 Nordic Walking paths.
There’s even an area for inline skating; and if you get hungry or want to rest along the way it’s no problem. An array of eateries and other comfort stops can be found along the way.
Don’t walk or skate too fast, you might miss a chance to see storks or osprey. Is that a wolf? Hurry up, walk faster! ;-)
Best to head into the Oskar-Barnack-Haus, at Oskar-Barnack-Straße 7. Herr Barnack was an inventor of sorts, and here’s where you can see his handy work.
And you know a town with this many villages that’s this old is going to have churches. The one in the village of Dümde is a half-timbered constructed one, but it’s all stone for the 16th century church in Stülpe and the one in Dobbrikow.
One of the most beautiful churches in Nuthe-Urstromtal isn’t a village church at all. It’s found at the Kloster Zinna, a Cistercian monastery with a Romanesque and Gothic Monastic Church. You’ll find some wonderful medieval frescoes at the “New Abbey,” and a monument to Frederick the Great in the courtyard.
With everything there is to see and do in Nuthe-Urstromtal, I’m really surprised the city without the official city status isn’t more populated. It’s all good though — we get to keep this between us…