Prenzlau — Ice Age Sea, Ancient Ruins, Cultural Delights

Prenzlau, in the Uckermark nature reserve, has an interesting and ancient history — with archaeological records dating back to the stone age.

The focus of the town is the towers and city wall that date back to the Middle Ages. There is about 700 meters of the original 1400 meters left.

To get the best possible view of this wall that helped protect the town from invading feudal states, walk the 3 kilometer path that shows off this tourist attraction. There are several different towers and gates that you will see on this walking tour, which makes it worthwhile.

Germany has old church after old church, and you probably think that once you have seen one, you have seen them all. The Protestant Church St. Marien in Prenzlau is a bit different. Built in the 13th century, it is old, but since it has been restored so much, it is difficult to see the charm.

If you do decide to take a look, pay attention to the altar. It has been rescued several times from fire, bombs and disaster and is late Gothic in age.

Prenzlau is on the northern edge of the Unteruckersee, a sea that is about ten square kilometers. To see this sea up close, find the “Uncle Albert” to give you a boat ride on the lake. If you have an abundance of energy, combine the boat tour with a bicycle tour of the area.

Tourists who are pressed for time, but want to see a lot, should head straight to the Dominican Monastery. Not only is there an interesting Cultural History Museum that shows the history of the area, but there is also a gallery that displays the work of Jakob Phillipp Hackert. Hackert was a famous Classical landscape painter who was born in the town.

If you come to the monastery in the summer, they have cultural performances in the garden, including theater performances.

 

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