What else is there to see in the region?
In the newly erected building of the Barnim county administration there is an extensive permanent exhibition of Eberswalde-born artist Paul Wunderlich. Both the exhibition and the building itself are worth a visit. Free of charge.
A small zoo worth seeing. Visitors can gaze into the tiger's eye through nothing but a pane of glass, or walk through an underground passage all the way into the lion's pen. The zoo is nicely situated in Eberswalde's forested surroundings.
A feat of early twentieth century engineering. In operation from 1934 till this day, the boat lift is closed for only a few days each year for maintenance. From atop visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the Oder lowlands. It is advisable to go there rather sooner than later. As part of a waterway development program a new €285 million concrete structure scheduled for completion in 2012 will dwarf the old boat lift. If it is really needed, and whether the landscape will benefit from it, is disputed.
Since its 1967 film adaptation The Heathens of Kummerow (Die Heiden von Kummerow) have come to some popularity even outside of the Uckermark region. This museum is dedicated to the Heathens' creator.
Blumberger Mühle (near Angermünde)
In the 1990s the German conservationist organization NABU ("Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union") opened an education center near Angermünde, to inform visitors about the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve. The center is well worth a visit, as are the surrounding grounds and ponds, where, with some luck, the native European pond turtle can be spotted. Free of charge.
750 years ago monks of the Order of Cisterians began constructing a monastery between Eberswalde and Angermünde, though originally at a different location. They soon relocated to the site near Chorin, where the impressive ruins are now well restored. Often, on summer weekends concerts take place in the monastery.
As the Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution in France, came to the Uckermark in the 17th century, they brought tobacco farming with them. Until German Unification tobacco fields were a common sight everywhere. The tobacco was exported to the West, for high prices, and provided a good extra income for many. Under today's conditions, and without subsidies, tobacco farming is no longer profitable. This museum, however, commemorates the times of this not-so-healthy crop.
There has been shipping on Branderburg's waterways for eons. The region gave birth to its own class of vessel, the Finow-Gauge-Barge. The old canals and locks are designed for its exact proportions. Those who would like to learn more about inland navigation, should visit the Oderberg Museum.
This is the theater of the Uckermark, with a fan-base beyond the region's borders. It is located in the House of Culture, erected in the 1970s at the former site of the Schwedt manor house. The ubs shows it's own plays as well as those of other theaters.
The Oderbruch, drained and settled 250 years ago under king Frederick II, is a landscape with its own charm. It is located at the southern border of the National Park, and is definitely worth an excursion. Those who would like some information on what events are taking place in the region, should consult this site of the Tourism Association.