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It was the German Unity Day yesterday. I am very grateful for a reunited Germany that brought freedom to so many people and that makes it possible for us to live in Brandenburg, the mostly rural area surrounding Berlin.

I took the pictures you see in this post in Dahme/Mark, a little town nearby our village. Isn´t it so pretty?

The sad thing is, many Berliners wouldn´t know. If you´re lucky, they have visited the Potsdam area, and maybe at one point they´ve taken a boat tour in Spreewald, but that´s about it really. Everything else is pretty much no-man´s land.

However, everyone seems to have a clear opinion about Brandenburg. I hear colleagues talking about how they had to drive through "those depressing Brandenburg villages" to get to an appointment. I recently read on a blog that you can only live in Brandenburg "if you have antidepressants injected intravenously" (or something like that, I can´t be bothered to go back and check). At a recent job interview I was asked whether I "have to live there"?! As in, can´t you afford living in Berlin? Why would anyone want to live in Brandenburg really?

I´ve mostly ignored comments like that, but recently I started to lose my cool and just want to punch people in the face. Yes of course, there are depressing places in Brandenburg. People are poor and can´t afford to fix up their houses, so sometimes villages still have the typical Eastern German greyness to them. Plus, Brandenburg is suffering from rural exodus, so houses, streets, whole villages are being abondened. But there also true gems to be found. Historically intact villages like out of a fairy tale, pretty colorful towns, vast fields and forests, lakes, wonderful people.

Go and see for yourself. I promise it won´t hurt.

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Reader Comments (5)

thank you for this. such a beautiful post! x

October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterUta

This is very interesting. I hadn't realised all of this, and also that there exists such continuing snobbery. All round the world small shops and schools are closing and rural places are withering but mostly they don't look as beautiful as Brandenburg. Tell the detractors that there are people half way round the world that are envious of your home and land and the pretty village that surrounds you!! I am shaking my head!

October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Brandenburg looks beautiful to me - I visited Berlin a few years and loved it. I'd be really keen to visit Germany again and go off the beaten track a bit. Perhaps I'll come and pay you a visit :-)

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDecorator's Notebook

Clearly you need to set those nay sayers straight. Send your photos to the travel / day trip section! The village looks beautiful, and if this is a "depressing" county , well wow, what does the rest of the country look like!

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersara


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