To the southwest of the German capital of Berlin and also close to the beautiful Potsdam you will find the recognized resort of Werder (Havel). Sitting on the River Havel, this Erholungsort resort is noted nationally for it’s clean air and good climate.
This long-inhabited location is partly on a small island and as a result was historically used as a secluded monastery. The island is joined to the modern city, which is situated in a larger wetland area in this part of northern Germany.
The town’s old quarter is still on that island, which has just one bridge leading onto it! You will find some huge cobbled squares here, the old mill, the towering Holy Ghost Church and very peaceful beaches.
Surrounded by the lake, there are many marinas here. Why not enjoy the opportunity to take a short cruise yourself?
Sitting on the mainland upon the sloping banks to the north of town gives you a great view of the island with its tree-covered profile and the church steeple dominating. It also allows you a fantastic view of the elongated Großer Zersee spreading northwards as you enjoy your picnic.
Werder is more famous for its fruit growing, including cherries, apples and strawberries, but it also has some vineyards. Needless to say, the region displays some amazing natural scenes through the spring, which is the main reason for its Baumblütenfest — the blossoming season festival held each year.
This well-celebrated festival is the third largest fair in the country, and it attracts a huge crowd. There is a Flower Ball presided over by a Flower Queen, with concerts, theaters and fireworks. Streetside stalls offer local food and drink — including fruit wine — and the festivities last all week.
Petzow Castle is close to Werder. A cross between a turreted castle and an English Tudor home, it still dominates the skyline. And because it is set in a 15-hectare landscaped park, the castle makes a great destination for a day out.
The same is true of the Glindow Alps. Its unique landscape to the south was created after an intensive tile and brick-making industry resided here. If you are interested: the local museum explains all.