In the north-west of Brandenburg, halfway between Berlin and Hamburg, is the holiday region of Prignitz. Those who holiday here are looking for the peace and idyll of the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The Elbe floodplain landscape characterises the Prignitz in its own inimitable way. Meadows, pastures and small river and stream courses run through a unique landscape, which is not without reason the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve River Landscape Elbe-Brandenburg. The Kyritz-Ruppiner Heide also offers a home to numerous animals and plants that can hardly be found elsewhere in Germany.
The storks and cranes also seem to love the Prignitz. Every year, numerous pairs of storks breed in the Prignitz and the cranes like to use the Elbe meadows as a resting place during their flight. If you are lucky, you can also spot white-tailed eagles that have made the region their home. The nature of the Prignitz is beautiful and offers recreation and relaxation.
The holiday region of Prignitz is also a paradise for cyclists. The cycle paths are excellently signposted and run almost level through the region. The Elbe cycle path is particularly popular and also passes some of the many idyllic places to be found in the Prignitz.
What to see in the holiday region of Prignitz
Wittenberge is located in the Prignitz region of Brandenburg, directly on the Elbe River. The town is located almost exactly in the middle on the railway line from Berlin to Hamburg. With a twinkle in their eye, the people of Wittenberge like to refer to these major cities as their suburbs.
The museum Historischer Lokschuppen Wittenberge is located very close to Wittenberge railway station. Here, the Dampflokfreunde Salzwedel e.V. association has created a dream for steam locomotive fans.
From Wittenberge in the Prignitz region, a fantastically beautiful cycle path leads along the Elbe, where you can follow in the footsteps of German-German history and also discover a unique natural landscape.
Travel information about the Prignitz
The A 24 motorway from Hamburg to Berlin crosses the region. Several federal roads connect the larger towns with each other. Smaller roads mostly run between the villages.
One of the central railway stations is in Wittenberge. Some ICE connections also stop here. The RB 4 regional train runs from Berlin to the Prignitz.
Ferries cross the Elbe at Lenzen, Schnackenberg and Havelberg.
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By public transport
In addition to the regional train, there are also several bus lines running through the region. However, the smaller towns are rarely served. Often the buses only come before school starts and then again in the afternoon.
Those who live in the small villages are usually dependent on the car.