On its way to join the Elbe, the river flows at a leisurely pace, leaving behind a chain of interconnecting lakes. The majestic tranquillity of this waterway is reflected in the palaces, gardens and parks from the days of the Prussian kings. Potsdam, the home of Babelsberg Palace and Sanssouci Palace, is particularly impressive. In the Optikpark in Rathenow you can gain an insight into the mysteries of colour, light and form. This historical route is also a treat for nature lovers, who will enjoy the unspoilt scenery of the Lower Havel basin. Terrain: a flat route mainly on asphalt paths running along the water's edge or through woodland, towns and villages with plenty of attractions from the Prussian era. Part of the route runs along farm tracks and quiet country roads. Scenery: the Havel forms a long chain of lakes. The 'Lower Havel basin' between Havelberg and Brandenburg is the largest unbroken marshland area in the western inlands of central Europe.