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Chronicle(s) of Brandenburg

A discovery journey into Brandenburg’s history

Königs Wusterhausen Palace © Schloss Königs Wusterhausen
Oranienburg Palace © TV Ruppiner Land, Studio Prokopy
Sanssouci Palace © TMB picture archive Wieck
"Long guys" at the Crown Estate Bornstedt © Crown Estate Bornstedt
Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam © TMB picture archive
Orangery Sanssouci in summer © Stefan Maria Rother
Königs Wusterhausen Palace © Schloss Königs Wusterhausen
Oranienburg Palace © TV Ruppiner Land, Studio Prokopy
Sanssouci Palace © TMB picture archive Wieck
"Long guys" at the Crown Estate Bornstedt © Crown Estate Bornstedt
Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam © TMB picture archive
Orangery Sanssouci in summer © Stefan Maria Rother

Brandenburg’s history is inextricably linked with the House of the Hohenzollern dynasty.

On a European scale, the kings and emperors who originated from this aristocratic line, such as Frederick the Great, brought prestige and glory to the German State of Prussia with its royal seat in the territory of today’s Brandenburg and Berlin.

Chronicle(s) of Brandenburg – Prussia, World War II, fall of the Berlin Wall

Friedrich the Great infront of "Janustempel", Johann Heinrich Christian Franke © SPSG / Photo: Roland Handrick

In 1701, the Great Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick III, crowned himself as the first King in Prussia, establishing the subsequent rise of the Prussian State. The residential and rural town of Potsdam and later Berlin quickly emerged as spiritual, intellectual and cultural centres. More…

Seelow Heights Memorial Site and Museum, Photo: Horst Drewing

The year 1933 marked the beginning of the demise of the Prussian State. The parliamentary era of the Weimar Republic was terminated by Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power, which ushered in an unprecedented era of military build up aimed at preparing World War II, launched in 1939. With the surrender of Germany in 1945, the Prussian State also ceased to exist. Mor...

The former wall between Berlin and Brandenburg: Glienicker Bridge in Potsdam © TMB

On the basis of the allies’ decision made at the Potsdam Conference, today’s State of Brandenburg, the former Prussian State’s core territories, were allocated to the Soviet occupation zone and later, in 1949, to the GDR respectively. Only 40 years later, the fall of the Berlin Wall closed this chapter of German history. More...

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