A whistle-stop tour in the north of Brandenburg! The German Ceramics Route is a circular route of approximately 215 km through the natural and historic treasures of the Ruppin Lake District. Running from Velten through Rheinsberg, Mildenberg, Fürstenberg before returning to Velten, the route takes visitors through impressive countryside and idyllic lakes formed out of clay pits, which are today home to many animals and plants.
The amazing Ruppin Lake District is characterised by the high skies over green forests, lush fields, crystal-clear lakes, winding streams and cobbled streets which are synonymous with the Mark region. Today the German Ceramics Route runs along a line of rich striped clay deposits which were formed at the end of the Ice Age. These deposits are of weathered feldspathic rocks, sedimentary rocks, composed largely of clay materials.
Tone on tone?
The rocks are fine-grained loose rocks that are mostly yellow to grey in colour. Other colour variations include red, purple, green or black. When combined with water, clay forms a malleable mass, which is the raw material used to manufacture ceramic products such as bricks, tiles, pottery, building materials or for making bulking agents for making stationary.
An exciting discovery
The Ruppin Lake District is where the German Ceramics Route can be found, and it doesn't matter whether you decide to cycle, sail or drive along your journey of discovery: a wealth of interesting museums and attractions are here to give you a better understanding of clay, while ceramic workshops and galleries will offer you an insight into the creative skills and craftsmanship of previous generations.
Getting creative with clay
All clays leave traces of their existence behind and these are well-worth exploring; traces such as the clay deposits and intensive brick making industry of the 18th and 19th centuries which left their marks on the countryside, as well as on the region's towns and cities. Incidentally, the manufacture of clay goods is one of man's oldest production techniques: the material itself also allows the manufacturer to display their own creative skill using a wealth of techniques such as painting.
Length: approximately 215 km
Theme: ceramics in the Ruppin Lake District
Kremmen: the Barn Quarter (Scheunenviertel)
Liebenwalde: town hall
Lindow: the "Beautiful Nun" statue (Schöne Nonne)
Marwitz: ceramic workshops
Mildenberg: Brickyard Park (Ziegeleipark)
Rheinsberg: palace, Ceramics Museum
Vehelefanz: trestle windmill
Velten: Ceramic Oven Museum
Zehdenick: clay landscape, Ziegelhof restaurant
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