The town of Nuthetal in Brandenburg doesn’t exist on semi-old maps? Huh? Actually, the town’s six villages do (Bergholz-Rehbrücke, Fahlhorst, Nudow, Philippsthal, Saarmund, and Tramsdorf), just to the southwest of Berlin.
Oh here you go… On the regularly updated online Nuthetal map there is this name. (Solution: Nuthetal was established in 2003 by politically combining the above six villages.)
Nuthetal’s proximity to Berlin doesn’t allow the captial’s grandeur to overshadow it, either. This is a wonderful little town that can hold its own.
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If you’re a car lover (and we Germans are so in love with the automobile), then Nuthetal’s Classic Car Museum is right up your alley. You can see a Model-A Ford from the early 1930’s and even a motorcycle from the turn of the last century.
For something a bit more historical, there’s a lovely half-timbered church built in 1716.
Over in Fahlhorst (the smallest of the villages with about 120 residents), you’ll find another church. This one, however, wasn’t built until 1882; but, it’s built on the spot where three previous churches once stood.
Nudow also has its own village church, built 1733. This hamlet also has a fishing area, an nature spot known for storks, and horseback riding.
The village of Philippsthal holds an annual Easter bonfire and right beside its village church is a World War I memorial. There’s also the Herrenhaus Friedrichshuld, an 18th century silkworm and textile plantation. At Dorfstrasse 31 you’ll see an old school with outbuildings, laundry, and carriage house. This village is also known for its pumpkin sales (but, Nudow’s where you’ll find other fresh veggies and fruits).
Saarmund’s church isn’t as old as its Romanesque design leads you to believe; it wasn’t built until the 1840’s. But, most folks come to this shire for the Nature Park Nuthe-Nieplitz.
After the nature park, head for stars. I mean the sun. Tremsdorf has the only solar observatory in all of Germany.
So I won’t hold it against Nuthetal that this town didn’t actually exist before the turn of the millennium. I hope you don’t either, because Nuthetal is admirable nonetheless.