Where art and history come together

The architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the author Theodor Fontane are known for their works far beyond the borders of the State of Brandenburg – and they were both born in Neuruppin. The region is aware of its history and keeps up the tradition through a wide variety of exhibitions, performances and festivals. Beyond that, a living and creative art scene can be found in the region.

Synchrontheater, Theatersommer Netzeband


Since 1998 Neuruppin also has the surname „Fontanestadt“. In 1819 the famous poet was born in this town and still is omnipresent. Fontanes birthplace is located in the Karl-Marx-Straße, that is where in 1907 a monument was built for the poet, also called “Dichter der Mark”. In 2010 the festival “Fontane Festspiele” took place  for the first time, which is all about the famous novella “Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg”. The museum of Neuruppin impresses the visitors with a huge collection of the famous pictorial broadsheets “Neuruppiner Bilderbögen”. The representive centre of the town is the parish church where regularly concerts or conferences take place. During the festival “Dixietage” jazz and swing lovers come together in Neuruppin every year in July to celebrate with bands from all over Germany.


In the Fehrbellin museum of local history you can learn a lot about the history of the region. Historically interessed people should also make an excursion to Wustrau. In the “Brandenburg-Preußen” museum the 500- year-old history of the region “Brandenburg-Preußen” from 1415 to 1918 under the County of Hohenzollern is displayed. Wustrau is also worth a journey for art lovers. Vernissages of local and nationwide artists regularly take place in some cafés and in the stately home. An extraordinary theater experience offers the festival „Seefestival Wustrau“. On the waterfront of the Ruppin lake you get to witness an elaborated production on a swimming theatre stage.


Since 1978 the annual „Sommermusiken“ (summer music) are staged in Lindow. Between June and August visitors can experience musical highlights of well-known ensembles and artists in the impressive baroque church. Friends of classical music will not get around the “Musikscheune Vielitz”. Besides symphony concerts and operas you can also enjoy theater productions and readings by authors. Who stops by in Lindow shouldn’t miss the museum „Schau mal rein“ (Take a look). The exhibition displays over 11.000 quaint everyday objects out of three centuries that most definitely will make you smile.


The Rheinsberg opera festival was initiated in 1991 by the composer Siegfried Matthus and is steadily gaining popularity. The open air festival takes place every year in the picturesque palace theatre. Throughout the year the Rheinsberg academy of music invites you to concerts, ballet evenings and musically-literary events into the palace theatre, the academy courtyard or the hall of mirrors. The Kurt Tucholsky museum is also located in the palace- it introduces the famous author, who was publically noticed with his novella "Rheinsberg. Ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte" (a picture book for lovers) in 1912 for the first time. The museum “Alfred-Wegner-Museum“ is also worth a trip.



Netzeband  in the administrative body of Temnitz, a village of 200 souls, is a centre for culture and art. Since 1996 the sommer of theater takes place here from July to August. The open air performances impress with a special form of production. In the synchron theater the actors perform with outsized and expressional masks to a pre-produced audiotape. Combined with the remarkable ambience in the manor courtyard next to the classicistic church “Temnitzkirche”, a stunning theater experience has been created.