Brandenburg - Germany

Brandenburg an der Havel is a town in the state of Brandenburg, Germany located on the banks of the River Havel. The town provided the name for the medieval Bishopric of Brandenburg, the Margraviate of Brandenburg, and the current state of Brandenburg. Today it is a small town compared to nearby Berlin, but it was the original centre of the former kingdoms of Brandenburg and Prussia. Brandenburg Castle was a fortress of the Slavic Princes from 900 to 1150AD. Afterwards Albert I settled here and became the first Margrave of Brandenburg. The parts on either side of the river were regarded as three different towns (Old Town, New Town and Brandenburg cathedral district) for centuries.In 1314-1315 the Old and New Towns joined the Hanseatic League and in the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) the towns were plundered. The consequent loss of power lead to Potsdam becaming the new capital. In 1715 Old Town and New Town were merged to form a single town and inn 1928 the Brandenburg cathedral district was added. The Dominsel (Cathedral Island) is the historic heart of the town with the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul started in Romanesque style in 1165 and completed as a Gothic cathedral during the 14th century. Its rather austere exterior hides interior treasures such as the painted vault of the Bunte Kapelle (Coloured Chapel) and the Wagner organ (1725), one of the most famous Baroque organs in Germany. There are some impressive examples of northern German brick Gothic architecture at Katharinenkirche (St. Catherine's Church, 1401) ans the Gotthardtkirche (St. Gotthardt's Church, 1405). Another interesting building is the Old Town Hall, a late Gothic brick building with stepped gables and an ornate portal. In front of it stands a statue of the knight Roland, dating from 1474. Part of Brandenburg's medieval city wall also remains, with four preserved watchtowers: Steintorturm and M├╝hlentorturm (in the New Town), and Rathenower Torturm and Plauer Torturm (in the Old Town). The following 8 cruises call at Brandenburg. Please note that these are vacation departure dates and not necessarily sailing dates. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.