Nicknamed the “City of Four Gates” due to the medieval defensive structures that dominate this family-friendly town, Neubrandenburg is a city known as much for its charm as for its history. Complete with a renowned historical museum, large-scale art gallery, restored church, theatre house and various fortification towers and walls, the city has plenty of cultural and historical excitement. Visitors seek out this small town not only to witness the impressive rebuilding and restoration that has taken place since its destruction during World War II, but also to enjoy the close proximity to one of Germany’s most beautiful lakes and the many outdoor activities available.
Location: An urban centre surrounded by nature
Situated in the south-east corner of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, off the shore of Lake Tollensesee, Neubrandenburg is considered the urban centre of Mecklenburg’s Lake District. Known in part for its impressive Brick Gothic architecture, the city is part of the European Route of Brick Gothic, a scenic route that leads through seven countries along the Baltic Sea Coast.
Business: Europe’s major sauna supplier
Considered one of Mecklenburg’s primary industrial and service centres, Neubrandenburg specializes in automotive supply, food processing, and the building and construction materials of all sorts. In addition, the city is responsible for manufacturing the large majority of saunas in Europe.
Culture: Defence towers and restored churches
Equipped with Gothic fortifications, 13th century restored churches, and prestigious historical museums, Neubrandenburg’s cultural activities always impress. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring and frequently visited areas of the city are its fortifications: the city walls that display the four 15th century Gothic gates, for which the city is nicknamed, the double ring of ramparts that surround the city walls, the pretty row of petite houses (called The Wiekhäuser) that circle the walls and the 25-metre tall prison tower. The city’s Church of the Virgin Mary, which was built in 1298 and restored after the vicious Red Army fire in 1945 destroyed 80% of the town’s historical buildings, is a testament to the city’s resilience and insistence on preserving the past. The Neubrandenburg Regional Museum provides an excellent in-depth understanding of this city’s past, in addition to hosting large art exhibitions.
Activities: Woodland views and art galleries
After exploring the city’s fortifications and learning about its history, head to the Neubrandenburg Art Collection, one of four art galleries in the region, to scope out the 6,000 plus paintings and sculptures in the permanent displays and special exhibitions. Or take a look at the town’s Franciscan Monastery or its House of Culture and Education, a 56-metre tall building coined “the culture finger” due to its slimness. For a gorgeous view of the town centre and surrounding oak trees, head to the open-sided Belvedere temple in the forest area Brodaer Holz (Broda Woods). If in need of entertainment, visit the Schauspielhaus (Playhouse), an old theatre that performs reading, concerts, and musical shows.