Welcome to Brandenburg an der Havel

A very warm welcome to our „town in the river“! Brandenburg an der Havel, 60 km west of Berlin, received this sobriquet because the municipal area is made up of about one fifth of water.

More than 1000 years of urban history

The river Havel connects the three historical island towns with its numerous side arms. The cathedral island is the oldest settlement and looks back over more than 1000 years of urban history and the first bishopric east of the river Elbe was established here as early as 948. Brandenburg an der Havel is also the cradle of the eponymous Mark, founded by the Ascanian Margrave Albrecht the Bear, and consequently the heartland of later Prussia. Altstadt and Neustadt were each founded in the twelfth century, united in 1715, and proudly display their historical treasures to the discerning visitor.

Center of Watersports

Take a look at the map and you will quickly understand why Brandenburg an der Havel is considered the gateway to Europe's largest inter-connected inland watersports area. In the west part of the town the Havel spreads out to become a 15 km² lake area, and in the north the Beetzsee chain of lakes presents one of the most beautiful natural regatta courses in the world.

City tour through Brandenburg an der Havel

This wonderful city tour video was made by Andrew Bossom. Thank you very much!

Magnificent countryside

In addition, seven nature conservation areas come together at this point. In this magnificent countryside, which is typical of the Mark, storks, cranes, eagles, herons, kingfishers and beavers are all indigenous. So just visit us here in the former Hanseatic town and you will be able to pursue whatever takes your fancy – water adventures or cycling, walking or hiking, nature or culture.

More information on Brandenburg an der Havel

Learn more about Brandenburg an der Havel in the English travel book.

Are you looking for a place to stay in Brandenburg an der Havel. On our tourism website you will find information on hotels, motels, vacation houses, camping etc. in German and Dutch (Nederlands).


Our town is reached very easily by car – the A2 motorway is only a few kilometres away, or by rail – the regional express runs every 30 minutes between Brandenburg an der Havel and Berlin.

See you soon here in Brandenburg an der Havel!