Route description - 38 km
Behind Neu Krüssow at the junction towards Wilmersdorf the way leads you to the Slavic village Alt Krüssow (approx. 2 km detour to see the church St Anna).
Completed in 1520, the pilgrimage church St Anna in Alt Krüssow has been restored bit by bit with a lot of dedication. This little village is the third place of pilgrimage in Prignitz after Bad Wilsnack and Heiligengrabe. People revered a mircale-working image of the holy Anna which attracted many pilgrims.
The convent Heiligengrabe was founded in 1287 as a Cistercian convent. After the Reformation it turned Protestant and became a chapter of nuns in 1740. Heiligengrabe is still the place of a Protestant community of women.
The core of the conventual complex is almost entirely intact and unique in Brandenburg because of it. The conclave building with its inner courtyard, the convent church from the 14th century and the Heiliggrab Chapel which was built in 1512 create the core.
We recommend a detour to Blumenthal (5,9 km) past the highest wooden observation platform and further to Horst where you can visit the estate and castle ruins (2,3 km more). In summer, the display garden in Papenbruch invites you for a visit.
The tour passes an observation and memorial deck in memory of the battle between Swedish troops and the imperial army in 1636 shortly before Wittstock.
In Wittstock the bishops used to reside in the “Alte Bischofsburg” (old bishops' castle) of which the only thing left today is the municipal tower. The bishops' age ended in 1548 with the death of the last bishop, Busso II. von Alvensleben. Today it houses the museum “Museen Alte Bishofsburg” - the Eastern Prignitz museum with exhibitions about regional history, and the Thirty Years' War museum.