Besides being Germany’s first woman Chancellor, you have to hand it to Angela Merkel since she got to grow up in the pretty medieval town of Templin. This small hamlet in the Uckermark is 800 years old which seems to only add to its beauty and graceful charm.
Besides all the history of the Middle Ages, Templin has a variety of outdoor and spa activities to keep the entire family occupied while the surrounding natural landscape is a treat for the eyes. Templin seems to be a popular getaway with Berliners looking to escape the city.
It’ll be easy to use your imagination for daily life centuries ago with its medieval watchtowers that stretch along the town standing some 7 meters (approx 21 feet) high.
There are three gate towers on the original fortification wall, one being the Berlin Gate — a 600 year old brick Gothic building. The Prenzlau Gate now houses Templin’s local folklore museum. The Parish Church George EN chapel from the 14th century is another brick Gothic building located near the Berlin Gate. It still stands having survived the 1735 fire that leveled most of the town.
The Protestant Maria Magalenen Church is another medieval wonder.
Templin’s Town Hall (Rathaus) dates from 1855 and its entire right side was reconstructed after bombing in 1944 had destroyed it completely. It’s here that you’ll be able to hire local tour guides offering in-depth tours around town.
Templin is located near the Monastery Mill, an 18th century farm that once had beekeeping facilities and a slaughterhouse. Besides being a look into farm life, its restaurant offers a 5 course meal for only around 23 Euro.
The Kirchlein is another farm (circa 17th century) offering classical music concerts in the forest. Maybe you’ll find some great souvenirs at the old Glassworks.
One of the more original attractions in town (or anywhere) are the hand trolleys. Riding like a bicycle on old railroad tracks, you’ll get to enjoy the views of the lake and surrounding forest, not to mention an incredible workout. There are still plenty of traditional bicycle routes around town too.
Templin’s Spa, NaturTherme Templin, is great for relaxing after all that sightseeing. The spa has 3 whirlpools, relaxing waterfall, a kid’s waterpark (with waterslide), VIP treatment, and a chance to float with relaxing music and lighting at the Aqua Musical.
If that weren’t enough yet, the Lehmann Botanical Garden is another family friendly attraction with flora and fauna of the local Moorlands.
If you ask me, all of the above makes sense why Templin is a Nationally Recognized Thermal Spa. :-)