Mittelmark

Regional Overview

Brandenburg

At the heart of Brandenburg is the aptly named “Mittelmark” which means “Middle March”. Colonized by Germans only during the 12th and 13th centuries, the region remains less populated than the West or South of Germany. At its core is the young and dynamic city of Berlin and the old Royal/Imperial Court in Potsdam. Outside of Potsdam, for the most part, the region was reduced to rubble in WWII. Berlin offers its own hip charm, in stark contrast to the conservative and agricultural region around it.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • Various seats of Hohenzollern Power are scattered around the region in various states of preservation, from the Renaissance Oranienburg Palace to the great Baroque Palaces of Potsdam and Charlottenburg.
  • The Brick Gothic of the Hanseatic League still formed part of the regions cultural identity, even if little survived WWII.
  • Prussian Classicism is best evident in Berlin, and the works of Schinkel, but can be seen in the Historicist architecture of surviving towns.

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Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is the Mittelmark?

The Mittelmark covers the region between the Havel and Oder Rivers and forms the core of Brandenburg. It is one of three regions that formed the Kurmark, or “Electoral March” referring to Brandenburg’s status as an elector for the Holy Roman Emperor. Brandenburg itself also held the territories of the Neumark, which now lie in Poland. In any case, nothing in the Neumark survived WWII and virtually nothing east of Berlin survived as well.

What survives in the heart of Brandenburg can be grouped into two groups, the areas of interest around Berlin and everything else. The most interesting things to see outside of the immediate proximity to Berlin lie along the Havel River and include the town of Brandenburg, which lent its name to the region. The broader region has numerous small towns which architecture primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries.

My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

9.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 10
  • Transportation: 10
  • Volume/Capacity: 10
  • Infrastructure: 8
  • Interactivity: 10

6.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 4
  • Monuments: 7
  • Quality: 9

8 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 8
  • Tradition: 8

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Around the royal and later Imperial capital of Berlin, the state grew from an impoverished medieval colony to a European great power.

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