You’d think that any suburb living in the shadow of the great city of Berlin wouldn’t have anything for you to do. In the case of Schönefeld, think again.
For an interesting piece of history, Schönefeld and its six local hamlets were once cut off from the capital city by the Berlin Wall.
Don’t worry about ruckus from all the planes, they’re just taking off & landing at the city’s Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Come to think of it, that’s a great way to find yourself here (ya got no excuses), as well as traveling along the Berliner Road, or the A10 or A13 Autobahn.
What you will find once you’re here is that many of the old local haunts are under historical protection — all the better to preserve history, my dears. One of the most beautiful places is the Dorfkirche and a great reminder of why people travel, to see places like this. The Friedhofskapelle, or cemetery chapel, is another one of those places.
If you’re looking for castles instead of churches Schönefeld proper doesn’t have one, you’ll have to head over to the area of Potsdam for the Castle Sanssouci. It’s worth the trek because this mid-18th century summer palace of Frederick the Great is both opulent and elegant. The castle might get thousands of visitors a year, but this grand place is far from touristy.
Speaking of tourists, they all need a place to stay. What Schönefeld does offer is smaller (economical) accommodations than what you’ll find in the larger cities (sorry Berlin, its nothing personal). The town’s accessibility to all points around Brandenburg really clinches the deal.
Sure, it’s tempting to run off and just stay in the ultra glamorous, fast paced, world famous city of Berlin. However, Schönefeld is pretty awesome in itself, otherwise it probably would never have had an airport named after it, would it? :-)