Pritzwalk is one of those small towns that million words could never do it justice. Its history is long, its streets are filled with amazing old buildings, and its countryside is simply idyllic.
Like many German towns, Pritzwalk surely makes itself at home brewing the really good stuff at the Brauhaus Preussen Pils. There’s both a city and brewery museum down in the dark cellars of that Pritzwalker Brewery and even an honorable mention over at Bismarckturm.
The Bismarck Tower was built in 1905 for the First Chancellor of the German Empire and testament to German engineering. It now offers a fantastic birds-eye view of Pritzwalk from the top. It actually looks much older than it is, but that somehow just adds to its charm.
That’s not even the half of the beautiful architecture found around town. The Town Hall is regal in its simplicity and has charmed this town since it was built in 1840. But, it is Pritzwalk’s churches that have really outdone themselves.
St. Nikoli’s is a medieval jewel that’s been around these parts for the better part of seven centuries. However, amongst all the churches found around here, it is the austere brick church in the village of Sarnow that really steals the show.
Pritzwalk seems to have been designed to literally “get you thinking.” You’ll find memorial stones and “Thinking Marks” scattered throughout town designed for quiet reflection. You’ll also find a memorial stone on Havelberger Road dedicated to victims of fascism. Plus, there’s one on Perleberger Road and another at the Jewish Cemetery respectively; dedicated to those killed in forced labor and concentration camps of the Second World War.
The forest here is both a quiet place of quiet reflection and a place full of activity. Pritzwalker Hainholz is a wonderful park with a dense forest backdrop to the town’s swimming pool and petting zoo. The many hiking and cycling trails are another way to enjoy the view.
If you’re traveling from Berlin up to the Baltic Sea, make sure to put this great historic hamlet on your itinerary. On second thought, Pritzwalk is so nice that you should come here no matter where you are in Germany. A place where a million words wouldn’t be enough to sing its praises. :-)