Welcome to Perleberg! Let me introduce you to Roland; sorry that would be Sir Roland — the large statue of a medieval knight with the REALLY big sword. You’ll mostly see Roland in the cities of the Northern and Eastern part of Germany.
Sir Roland’s presence right here in Perleberg was how the people of medieval days knew that this town in Brandenburg had its own market rights and was considered a “free” town.
Free probably wasn’t a word used by many of Perleberg’s residents during the Thirty Years’ War when it’s population dropped from 3500 residents to less than 300. But now, almost 400 years later — Sir Roland’s town has made a most remarkable recovery.
Perleberg — Top Areas Of Interest
Besides being formally introduced to Roland, many visitors like to visit the Perleberg Museum just filled with all sorts of treasures from the town’s history. Actually, many exhibits come from an area known as the King Grave Hill of Seddin, dating back to the Bronze Age.
Another museum, the Dokuzentrum, has exhibits but from a much more recent time in our history; the 20th century in fact when this area was part of Eastern Germany.
There is still plenty else to see, including the old Judenhof; an old medieval Jewish Cemetery that remained up until the mid-20th century. You’ll find a memorial stone within the cemetery in honor of those who lost their lives during the war.
Don’t skip out not seeing the Old Market Place (oh, wait — you’ll have seen that when you met Sir Roland) and the town’s City Hall. It’s original goes back to 1347 but, it did need to be redone after 500 years — so the one you see dates to the 1830’s.
Roland’s medieval town is also a party town. Join all the local residents for the Citizen Celebration (1st Friday in July), two days later is the Perleberger Book Celebration (gotta love a town that loves books). Every April 30th is the town’s Kneipennacht or Tavern Celebration (gotta like a town that likes to party), and there’s always the town’s Folk Festival held every September.
You’ll find Sir Roland’s town of Perleberg is pretty awesome with its history and parties. Just don’t forget to say goodbye to Roland, he’s pretty proud of his city. ;-)