An up-close look at Ribbeck’s famous pear tree

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For more than 100 years, school children in Germany have learned the poem Herr von Ribbeck auf Ribbeck im Havelland. They find the story about the noble pear donor very lively – though the length of Fontane’s poem means it’s not easy to learn by heart. 
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  • Schloss Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e. V.
  • Kirche in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Kirche in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Schloss Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Alte Schule in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Altes Waschhaus in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Mohnblumenfeld in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Gebäude-Ensemble mit Kornspeicher, Standesamt und Gutsverwaltergebäude, Foto: Landgut Stober
  • Groß Behnitzer See, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e. V.
  • Restaurant Seeterrassen im Landgut Stober, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Eine Radtour im Havelland, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e. V.
A bicycle tour to the scene of the legend is no problem at all, however. From Nauen the route leads along an old railway embankment to Ribbeck. Here, virtually all questions regarding can be answered regarding the strange pear tree, the local nobility and the balladeer himself – thanks to the exhibition at the restored manor house. The stump of the original tree can even be seen in the church. Today, 16 pear trees grow in front of the castle (in the Deutscher Birnengarten) – one from each German state.

No less exciting are the stories about the rural estate in Groß Behnitz, five kilometres away. Locomotive manufacturer Albert Borsig established a model farm estate here in the 19th century, which today serves as a destination for outings. Feeling refreshed, you can then head back to Nauen.

Length: 28 kilometres

Start/finish: Nauen

Logo/route sign: not specified

How to get there:
  • Train: From Berlin central station take the RB10 to Nauen (approximately 45 minutes).
  • Car: Take the B5 from Berlin to Nauen (about 1 hour).

Route: Nauen, Ribbeck, Groß Behnitz, Nauen

Points of interest/background information:

  • Nauen: Historic town centre (with water tower, church etc.)
  • Ribbeck: Manor house, church, Pfarrgarten, Deutscher Birnengarten, Alte Schule
  • Groß Behnitz: Landgut Stober

Possible combinations: Havelland Cycle Path

Trail conditions/surface: not specified

Maps/Literature: "ADFC-Regionalkarte Potsdam Havelland mit Tagestouren-Vorschlägen", 1:75.000, Bielefelder Verlag, Auflage: 6 (1. März 2014), ISBN-13: 978-3870735784, Euro 7.95
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For more than 100 years, school children in Germany have learned the poem Herr von Ribbeck auf Ribbeck im Havelland. They find the story about the noble pear donor very lively – though the length of Fontane’s poem means it’s not easy to learn by heart. 
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  • Schloss Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e. V.
  • Kirche in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Kirche in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Schloss Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Alte Schule in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Altes Waschhaus in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Mohnblumenfeld in Ribbeck, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
  • Gebäude-Ensemble mit Kornspeicher, Standesamt und Gutsverwaltergebäude, Foto: Landgut Stober
  • Groß Behnitzer See, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e. V.
  • Restaurant Seeterrassen im Landgut Stober, Foto: Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.
A bicycle tour to the scene of the legend is no problem at all, however. From Nauen the route leads along an old railway embankment to Ribbeck. Here, virtually all questions regarding can be answered regarding the strange pear tree, the local nobility and the balladeer himself – thanks to the exhibition at the restored manor house. The stump of the original tree can even be seen in the church. Today, 16 pear trees grow in front of the castle (in the Deutscher Birnengarten) – one from each German state.

No less exciting are the stories about the rural estate in Groß Behnitz, five kilometres away. Locomotive manufacturer Albert Borsig established a model farm estate here in the 19th century, which today serves as a destination for outings. Feeling refreshed, you can then head back to Nauen.

Length: 28 kilometres

Start/finish: Nauen

Logo/route sign: not specified

How to get there:
  • Train: From Berlin central station take the RB10 to Nauen (approximately 45 minutes).
  • Car: Take the B5 from Berlin to Nauen (about 1 hour).

Route: Nauen, Ribbeck, Groß Behnitz, Nauen

Points of interest/background information:

  • Nauen: Historic town centre (with water tower, church etc.)
  • Ribbeck: Manor house, church, Pfarrgarten, Deutscher Birnengarten, Alte Schule
  • Groß Behnitz: Landgut Stober

Possible combinations: Havelland Cycle Path

Trail conditions/surface: not specified

Maps/Literature: "ADFC-Regionalkarte Potsdam Havelland mit Tagestouren-Vorschlägen", 1:75.000, Bielefelder Verlag, Auflage: 6 (1. März 2014), ISBN-13: 978-3870735784, Euro 7.95
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Team "Altes Waschhaus Ribbeck"

"Probieren Sie ein Stück aus unserem vielfältigen Birnentorten-Angebot im Alten Waschhaus Ribbeck!"
Team "Altes Waschhaus Ribbeck"

Tip!
Team "Altes Waschhaus Ribbeck"

"Probieren Sie ein Stück aus unserem vielfältigen Birnentorten-Angebot im Alten Waschhaus Ribbeck!"
Team "Altes Waschhaus Ribbeck"

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Tourismusverband Havelland e.V.

Theodor-Fontane-Straße 10
14641 Nauen OT Ribbeck

Tel.: +49 (0) 33237-859030
Fax: +49 (0) 33237-859040

Weather Today, 16. 8.

17 30
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

  • Wednesday
    18 32
  • Thursday
    20 31

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