Werneuchen — Pilgrimatic Stop Of The Way Of St. James

It’s funny what kind of places you’ll find when you’re walking the Way Of St. James. In this case it’s the town of Werneuchen in Brandenburg, located just to the east of Berlin.

Oh, I’m sorry. The Way of St. James also goes by another name: Camino de Santiago that runs throug Europe to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This could also explain why there are more than a handful of small village churches found within Werneuchen’s nine hamlets.

Quite a few of them are of medieval construction, which you’ll find the villages of Hirschfeld, Krummensee, Weesow, and Schönfeld.

It’s only fair to mention that the one found Wilmersdorf is nothing short of gorgeous, and the one in Seefeld is stunning to say the least. The latter is of a late-Gothic design and the final resting place of some World War II soldiers.

Within the Forest Cemetery you’ll find a memorial plaque dedicated to Fascist resistance fighters, for some other 20th century history. There’s also a military airfield that was located here, which acted as a fighter pilot school.

Other history of Werneuchen can be seen by visiting the town’s museums. You’ll find a Heimatmuseum or local history museum in Werneuchen proper (which is only open by appointment), another one in the village of Biesenthal, one in Schorfheide, and yet another in Bernau.

The Tourist Information Center could do a proper job in helping you keep this all straight and organized.

They’ll also help you keep the 10 different bicycle trails straight. They range from 11 km to 132 km long, each taking you past some of the very best of Werneuchen and surrounding area.

Of course hiking paths are readily available; all you need to do is wear comfy shoes (as if I had to tell you that ;-).

What I do need to tell you is Werneuchen holds an annual Christmas Market, always great for finding crafts and other gifts. It might not sound like a big deal, but Germany’s Christmas Markets are the stuff of legend.

And seems like a right proper place for one, since Werneuchen is on the Camino de Santiago — I mean the Way of St. James.

 

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