The region and its towns
Due to its position at the North-Western border of the state of Brandenburg, Prignitz, one of the oldest cultural landscapes of the Margraviate, is situated right between Berlin and Hamburg
Prignitz is marked by meadows, forests and fields as well as cute little rivers and streaks. Nature retained its native state across wide areas which is best witnessed in the UNESCO biosphere reserve Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg: countless kinds of plants and animals have found their homes there, some of which cannot be seen anywhere else. Special guests in spring and summer are the white storks who build their nests most notably around the European Stork Village Rühstädt. Many other migratory birds use the wetlands along the Elbe Valley as resting and feeding grounds on their way to their summer/winter residences in spring and autumn . Easily spotted are especially cranes who, trumpeting loudly, flock to the Rambow Moor during the evening hours to find sleeping spots. Even the rare white-tailed sea eagle can be observed flying high above.
Embedded into this unique landscape lies a myriad of idyllic villages with impressive sacred buildings. Medieval towns with rich stories and historical town centres rise from the fields. A trip to Prignitz is always a venture into the past, too, because the region has numerous archaeological sites, testaments from medieval times, and museums that are dedicated to the Prignitz' history. Occasionally, you meet a pilgrim on their way to the “Santiago of the North”, the former pilgrimage destination Bad Wilsnack with its Wunderblut Church Saint Nikolai. However, the cultural life is much more versatile than expected: artisan craftswork and artists shape the region and numerous events in unique locations such as landmarks or churches attract thousands of visitors every year.
The best way to explore the unique (cultural) landscape is by bike. More than 1.100km of bike routes are marked by junction points (“Knotenpunkte”) and lead you through Prignitz. Because the routes are all without mentionable incline, the region truly is a cyclist's paradise. Not only does one of the Germans' most popular long distance bike routes, the Elberadweg, pass through the countryside idyll, but a number of thematic tours, e.g. the Clover Towns Tour along the Kyritz Lake Chain or the Treasure Hunting Tour which leads you to Germany's biggest fashion museum, invite you to explore this region. Both lovers of culture and nature enthusiasts will spend a time worthwhile here.
After so many incredible impressions, it's time for refreshments. The Prignitz cuisine offers freshly prepared meals with regional and seasonal produce — whether it's meat, fish, game, fruit, vegetables or herbs, in the Prignitz you can find almost all of it right in front of you. A special delicacy is the Prignitz' “national dish”, the Knieper cabbage, which is mainly served in variations ranging from sweet to savoury between November and March in many restaurants in the region. Eventful gusto is found picking blueberries on the plantation, cooking classes, seminars on herbs, mushroom excursions and culinary town tours: an experience for all senses.