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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Best of Brandenburg
perience a special flair for intimacy and exclusivity in the more rural regions where small and traditional locations, such as village churches and parks, guarantee that an almost homely atmosphere between visitors and artists emerges – ‘art to touch’ would be the right phrase,” Steffie Marquardt adds. As diverse and interesting as its cultural offering is the economic development of Potsdam-Mittelmark. Important business and science locations in the fields of biotechnology or medical engineering are located close to Berlin and follow the heartbeat of the city, while the agricultural sector follows its centuries-old rhythm just a few steps away. Smell and taste
dered by the lush grass of extensive meadows and forests. Germany’s biggest fruitand vegetable-growing region invites to extensive strolls through plantations of blossoming fruit trees in spring.
More than half of Potsdam-Mittelmark’s total area is used for agriculture and forestry.“Primary production is really important for us. Our main objective is to produce in the region for the region with the highest transparency for consumers so that we can produce ‘the stuff, from which gourmet dreams are made of’,” Steffie Marquardt says. Regional farmers and family businesses are known for their production of healthy and tasty products – from juicy steak and local pears to delicious milk and top-class fruit brandies.
Taste a sip of local hand-made whisky from the award-winning Schultzens homestead in Glindow, a glass of wine from one of the three regional vineyards, try the famous “Beelitzer Asparagus” or “Teltower Ruebchen”, a special white turnip, which is only grown in Potsdam-Mittelmark. Don’t miss out on fresh fish straight out of the Havel River, such as steamed crayfish, pikeperch or eel served in one of the cosy country inns and charming guesthouses, where “visitors can be sure to experience unique hospitality, tradition and individuality,” as Steffie Marquardt puts it. “Potsdam-Mittelmark is a region for gourmets. Everything that foodies appreciate, is grown, processed and crafted here with a lot of love, creativity and expertise. To create something special, traditional produce and modern gastronomic know-how are blended with local cuisine,” Steffie Marquardt concludes. www.potsdam-mittelmark.de Main image: Bad Belzig: View from tower of Eisenhardt Castle onto historic town. Left: Post mill in Ketzür. Ziesar Castle: Former bishop’s residence and museum of Brandenburg’s Christianisation. Old townhall and Werder Church (Havel). Below: Opening of asparagus harvesting season in Beelitz. & Traditional street music: the ‘Rabenbrüder’ from the Rabenstein Castle. (left) Fläming Spring Festival 2014 – new Queen of Fläming. (right)
A deliberate preservation of tradition can be witnessed in village communities throughout the South. Experience old traditional handicrafts and stop at the workshops of local craftsmen, who are happy to show and teach tourists their skills. Music festivals, rock and blues concerts, small village theatres, open air concerts, museums and art exhibitions, regional park festivals and village art tours round off the range of offers.“Potsdam-Mittelmark’s unique cultural programme impresses with international top acts thanks to the close proximity to Berlin and Potsdam,” says Steffie Marquardt.“At the same time, visitors can ex-
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