Uckermark

Regional Overview

Uckermark

The Uckermark is a historical region that represents one of the last areas of Germany to be colonized. The region was built around the trade route connecting Stettin with Magdeburg. The city of Prenzlau was the central node in the Uckermark but did not survive WWII. With the loss of Prenzlau, the region today is one of the small towns and a landscape of rolling hills and forest.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • Cultural Landscapes of the Uckermark include the Oder floodplains around Angermünde and the lakes and rolling hills between Lychen and Templin.
  • 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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5.5

Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is the Uckermark?

The Uckermark was formerly a slightly larger region encompassing the region between Mecklenburg and the Oder river. The name Uckermark comes from the name of the original Slavic inhabitants the “Ukranen”, and translate roughly as the “Ukranen March”. It was colonized by Saxon settlers in the 13th century who founded the city of Prenzlau on a major trade route between the Elbe River and the North Sea. Most of the region was devastated in the Thirty Years War and remains sparsely populated.

Most of the region was again destroyed in WWII (Prenzlau was unfortunately wiped off of the map), but there are several small towns worth visiting. The nicest part though is what I refer to as the “cultural landscapes” or the combination of human development with the natural surroundings. West Germany offers very few immersive cultural landscapes, with its high level of development and industrialization. In contrast, the Uckermark offers a nice trip back in time to fields of rolling grain and scattered villages.

My Subjective Travel Rankings

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

4.8 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 5
  • Transportation: 5
  • Volume/Capacity: 7
  • Infrastructure: 4
  • Interactivity: 3

1.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 1
  • Monuments: 1
  • Quality: 3

6.5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 10
  • Tradition: 3

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