Pine forests, dry valleys and sleepy villages line the route of the Castles Trail in the Hoher Fläming hills nature park. Its eight stages join the dots between Wiesenburg Palace and castles Eisenhardt, Rabenstein and Ziesar.
Nature and history? You will find an abundance of both on the Castles Trail through the Hoher Fläming hills nature park, around 70 kilometres south-west of Berlin. This circular route owes its name to a trio of medieval castles (Eisenhardt in Belzig, Rabenstein near Raben and the former Bishop’s Castle in Ziesar) and another burg – Wiesenburg Palace – with its famous country park by Peter Joseph Lenné. Along the way there are romantic stone churches to discover as well as some delightful towns and villages full of lovingly restored historical houses. Potters, fishmongers and candlemakers perform their traditional crafts in workshops. Fans of modern art can branch off on the Kunstwanderweg, an international arts trail between Wiesenburg and Bad Belzig that displays 28 sculptures and installations by artists from Germany and Belgium. In restaurants and inns, you can enjoy food made from a host of seasonal ingredients such as asparagus, strawberries, mushrooms, Teltow turnips and delicious game.
Tip: Wiesenburg Palace
Originally a medieval castle from the 12th century, Schloss Wiesenburg was converted into a neo-Renaissance palace between 1864 and 1880. The palace park, inspired by the great English parks, is unique in the region with its wonderful trees, terraced flowerbeds, ponds and rhododendron groves.
At a glance: