An unplanned road trip to somewhere else finally led me to an old charming small city named Beeskow in Brandenburg (approx. 50 km South-Eastern of Berlin) which was founded in the 13th century. Fortunately great parts of the medieval city wall with now open gates and the usual guarding towers do still exist and really deliver a vivid and direct impression of times passed by.

Northern city gate leading to Storkow

View on St. Mary’s Church, 15th century, red brick Gothic style

Nice walk along the city wall

Urban scenery near the market-place

Stork Tower, 14th century

The beekeeper’s store in town

Description of the town from 17th century in ancient German:

“Besekau / An der Spree / 5. Meilen von der Chur-Brandeburgischen Vestung Beytzen / der Peyze und 3. Meilen von Fürstenwald gelegen / ein Städtlein / so albereit zur Nideren Laußnitz in der Land-Tafel gezogen wird; aber noch Brandeburgisch gestalt auch alhie ein Churfürstlich Hauß und Ampt ist. Es ligen herumb Storkaw / Mulrose / nahend Franckfurt / Schlaube / Mertensdorff / zur Fehre / Ledeleben / etc. so alle für etwas sonderbares gezeichnet werden; wir aber davon fast nichts zu berichten finden.”   (Topographia Electoratus Brandenburgici et Ducatus Pomeraniae, Merian, Frankfurt am Main, 1652, p. 30)

P. S. The medieval author of 17th century was really looking here for something extraordinary but could not find it however in the small and charming city.

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      1. A nearby town is called Storkow, but the storks are really everywhere in Europe, these birds our messengers of spring. Due to climate change some few storks decided now to stay all year round even in Germany, and more in France and Spain, such avoiding the risky and fatiguing usual flight to Africa for the Winter season.


    1. Thanks a lot for your comment, due to summer vacation time really not many people around in the city, good for shooting some photos without disturbance. In the 1990s , after unification of Germany, the old church completely reconstructed, as well other buildings. Therefore, all looking now nice.

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      1. The oldest (timber) house in town dates back to around 1490, it is quite astonishing that it survived heavy city fires and the diverse wars of the last 500 years in quite original condition.

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    1. Lustig in der Tat, außer mir war aber kein Tourist sonst da 🥳 Obwohl von säkularer Gesinnung hab ich mir sogar die alte Kirche von innen angesehen. Nur etwas für echte Puristen. 👣 Am Wochenende aber doch wirklich sehr schön anzusehen 🙂

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      1. Das geht mir nicht mehr aus dem Kopf! Wusstest du, dass Beeskow eine der best erhaltesten mittelalterlichen Stadtmauern in ganz Europa hat? Außerdem die größte Todesrate bei Autounfällen in ganz Brandenburg/Deutschland. Wenn du auf der Burg warst und im Kino, hast du alles gesehen. Mein Geheimtipp für die Region: Müllrose

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    1. Just a normal East-German town lying between Berlin and the Polish border, not a touristic hotspot and offering a more brittle charme, but a lot of interesting history. Wishing you nice holidays, I am leaving to the much 💦 cooler 💦 Alps fortunately on Friday. 🙂


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