The great german author Theodor Fontane once said the Schwielowsee is a wide, sunny lake and presents itself in a serene and kind way.
The Schwielowsee always has been one of the most beautiful lakes in Brandenburg. The little villages Caputh, Ferch, Geltow and Petzow which surround the lake, are ideal getaways for the person who loves nature. But in only 40 minutes you can also stand next to the gates of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. The river Havel flows from the closeby city of Potsdam, through the „Caputher Gemuende” to reach finally its destination in the Schwielowsee. Camp sites, hiking trails and bike paths are very well developed and that way a great variety of activities is offered. At the time of our annual summer ferry festival national and international waterskiing champions show their amazing skills off.
In addition to that, a cultural highlight of Caputh is definetly the summer house of Albert Einstein.
According to him he spent the most beautiful summers there. A variety of music festival, the cultural forum and several exhibitions of local artists make this area a place of remarkable enjoyment of arts.
Moreover, the visitors of the more than 1000 years old town Geltow
should not miss the beautiful old church of red brickstone and the local museum of weaving, the home of antique furniture. Theodor Fontane also recommended the “Bruehlsche Terrassen” while he stayed in Baumgartenbrueck.
The most picures town of all is definetly Ferch.
Especially the old church, built in english tudor style, often hosts special cultural events. Many artists have made Ferch their home and are constanlty inspired by the beautiful landscape. Examples can be viewed at the “Kossaetenhaus” and another highlight is shown at the “Fercher Obstkistenbuehne”, a truly unique performance.
So, the area around the Schwielowsee is worth visiting.