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Brandenburg

The state of Brandenburg lies in the northeastern part of Germany. The state is bordered by the German states of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt) and Saxony (Sachsen), as well as Poland. Brandenburg has more than 500 castles and mansions, 10,500 historical monuments, 23,000 archaeological discoveries, numerous picturesque city centers and towns, marketplaces, and churches. Its small population offers a peaceful contrast to the hectic lifestyle of Berlin.

Brandenburg is located in the Northern German flatlands. A unique region in the state is the Spree Forest, which is located around 60 miles south-east of Berlin. The Spree Forest, also known as the "Venice of Brandenburg," is a marshland (46 miles long and 9 miles wide) characterized by innumerable waterways, forests, and meadows. Visitors come here to enjoy tours on canoes and paddle boats through this watery labyrinth.


Culinary Specialties of Brandenburg


Cooking in Brandenburg is down-to-earth and simple.

The potato is the most important side dish and ingredient. It was introduced to the region by Friedrich the Great from Prussia. Today, many Brandenburg specialties are based on the potato.

Other important vegetables include asparagus, kale, beans, and beets. The local forests provide chanterelle, chestnuts, and porcini mushrooms.

Given the amount of lakes and rivers in the state, seafood plays an important role. The favorites include crayfish, pike, walleye, eel, lamprey, and carp.

Within Brandenburg, the "green" movement has spread into the cuisine. Many cooks choose to use only locally grown and produced foods. 80% of the meats, fish, vegetables, potatoes, and fruits consumed here are grown locally.

A list of popular foods and dishes in Brandenburg are listed below.

Side Dishes
Potato Pancakes

Vegetables
Potatoes
Asparagus
Cabbage
Sauerkraut

Beverages
Beer





Largest Cities

The five largest cities (in terms of population) of the state of Brandenburg are listed below.
   
Potsdam
 
Potsdam is the largest city in Brandenburg and the state's capital. It has a population of 149,000 (as of December 2006). It is situated on the border of Berlin.
    
    
Cottbus
Cottbus is the second largest city in Brandenburg. It has a population of 103,000 (as of December 2006). It is
 
Cottbus was the heart of the former East
Germany's coal mining and energy production industries, but its roots go back to the 12th century.
   
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Brandenburg an der Havel
Brandenburg an der Havel, the third largest city in Brandenburg, has a population of 73,000 (as of December 2006).
 
Brandenburg an der Havel is the oldest town in the
state and is surrounded by the rivers and lakes of the Havel region.
   
   
Frankfurt an der Oder
Brandenburg's fourth largest city is Frankfurt an der Oder, which has a population of 62,000 (as of December 2006).
 
Frankfurt an der Oder has one of the largest Gothic
churches and one of the oldest medieval town halls in North Germany, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. The 18th century German novelist and playwright, Heinrich von Kleist, is the town's most famous resident.
   
   
Eberswalde  
Eberswalde is the fifth largest city in Brandenburg. It has a population of 42,000 (as of December 2006).
 
 
 
   




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