Brandenburg’s town of Trebbin has been nicknamed Clauertstadt. Now, I know at the moment this doesn’t make much sense. But, give me a few minutes and it’ll all be crystal clear.
Trebbin was the home of Hans Clauert, a Eulenspiegel. Oh yeah, that clears things up, doesn’t it? ;-)
A Eulenspiegel is a trickster or prankster; and good old Hans was up to some 16th century merry making (before dying of the plague in 1566). On the town square is a bronze statue of him, so you can put a face to the story.
Now you know why Trebbin is called Clauertstadt. See, didn’t I tell you all would be revealed?
A full century before Hans was causing a ruckus in Trebbin the St. Anne Chapel was built. St. Anne’s is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in town, and still used today for worship and funeral services.
I’m not going to go too much into the other old buildings, mansions, and churches found within Trebbin’s thirteen villages. You’ll see them as you’re out and about.
Why am I not going to go into detail about some of the16th and 17th century churches, because I want to tell you about the festivals and stuff.
Stuff? What kind of stuff? Oh, how about the guided motorcycle event that kicks off the “cycling” season in May?
Not good enough? How about the annual Mother’s Day Asparagus Buffet? What? It’s the “king’s vegetable.” Or, in this case — the Queen’s vegetable.
Ha-ha, I’m too funny. Maybe I’m channeling Herr Clauert, who knows?
What was I saying? Oh yeah, festivals and stuff. May’s also when Trebbin holds its Children’s Festival; and there are all sorts of musical events going on all summer (called the Musiksommer) long in the village of Blankensee starting in June.
Trebbin also has a wild animal park (with only a nominal entrance fee so it’s affordable for the whole family). There are 5km of hiking trails through the park, so make sure you’ve got your comfy shoes on. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, don’t feed the animals — again, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
You don’t want to be considered Trebbin’s new Eulenspiegel, do you? ;-)