Discover the Hidden Gem of Brandenburg an der Havel During Euro 2024

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 15, 2024 14:00 PMNews
Marktplatz in Werder (Brandenburg), Germany
Marktplatz in Werder (Brandenburg), Germany. Source: Photo by Ploegerson on Unsplash

As the UEFA Euro 2024 gears up across 10 cities in Germany, popular tourist hubs like Berlin and Munich are set to become exceptionally busy. However, travelers can still enjoy their favorite matches while having a peaceful retreat by exploring lesser-known towns. One such hidden gem is Brandenburg an der Havel.

Brandenburg an der Havel, with a population of just under 74,000, is a charming town that offers a perfect blend of connectivity and tranquility. Located near major highways, it is less than an hour's drive from Berlin Olympic Stadium, making it an ideal spot for football fans seeking a quiet getaway.

Despite its small size, Brandenburg an der Havel boasts a rich history and a variety of attractions. The town's old quarter is a major highlight, featuring stunning historic buildings that date back around 1,000 years. Notable landmarks include the Altstädtisches Rathaus town hall and St. Paul's Monastery. For a fun and engaging way to explore, some companies offer scavenger hunts, challenging visitors to find and photograph various landmarks as quickly as possible.

For those seeking outdoor activities, Bürgerpark Marienberg is a must-visit. This expansive 30-acre park is the largest green space in the town and is home to the Friedenswarte observation tower, which offers panoramic views of the area. Other attractions in the park include the picturesque Shell Grotto, a beautiful shrub garden, and an open-air stage, providing ample photo opportunities and a chance to unwind in nature.

Another unique attraction in Brandenburg an der Havel is the Industriemuseum. Housed in a former factory, this museum celebrates the town's industrial heritage. Visitors can see a 180-tonne smelting furnace, various heavy machinery, and a collection of locally-produced cars. The museum also offers a glimpse into historical working conditions with a recreation of a traditional factory canteen.

Brandenburg an der Havel provides a perfect balance of historical charm and modern conveniences, making it an ideal destination for travelers during Euro 2024. By choosing to stay in this quaint town, tourists can enjoy the excitement of the games while experiencing a more relaxed and authentic side of Germany.

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