Explore the Oder river town Schwedt from the Landhotel Felchow
The Landhotel Felchow is a very good starting point for eager explorers of the historic city Schwedt / Oder. It doesn't matter if you're on a business trip to Brandenburg's most thriving economic centre, or if you want to enjoy the manifold cultural offerings of the Oder river town, or if you want to follow the trails of the Huguenots – stay with us! It's just about 15 km to the modern Oder city – which you can reach in no time by car, public transport or by bike.
The National Park City Schwedt
Since a few years Schwedt owns the official title National Park City. The town is placed right next to Germany's only flood plains national park. You can catch a spectacular view over the stunning polder landscapes on a walk along the new build bulwark of the Hohensaaten-Friedrichsthaler canal or along the Oder-Neiße cycle path. The flood plains extend all the way to the Oder river, which marks the national border to Poland around 3 kms to the East. This location is great to be explored by foot, bicycle or even by canoe during the summer.
A City in Constant Change
Schwedt / Oder is located around 80 km North East of Berlin next to the Polish border. It received its town charter more than 750 years ago and can look back on a very moving past. An observant visitor can discover many traces of the history. During the 17th and 18th century Schwedt was the residence of the Margraves of Schwedt and Brandenburg, a side line of the Hohenzollern. There used to be a three-winged palace right at the present location of the reputable Uckermark theatre stages (Uckermärkischen Bühnen Schwedt). The palace was heavily damaged in 1945 during the last days of the second world war and then completely demolished in 1962. The Berlischky Pavillon in Lindenallee is proof for the baroque past of the former royal residence town. During the 18th century the pavilion used to function as a french-reformed church and burial place of the margrave family.
On the trails of the Huguenots
After the Edict of Potsdam in 1685 many Huguenot families settled in Schwedt and Vierrade. Amongst other things they were responsible for a boom in tabacco farming in the region. This historic chapter is focus point of the “European Huguenot Park” at the Uckermark Stages in Schwedt (Uckermärkischen Bühnen Schwedt) which can be explored during one of your walks through the city.
The Mikwe and the former Tempelwärterhaus (house of the temple guardian) in Gartenstrasse are impressive reminders of the Jewish past. They belong to the few architectural memorials of that kind and were restored a few years ago. Today they invite visitors for regular exhibitions.
In the beginning of the 1960s Schwedt was turned in to an industrial city. Huge housing complexes and factories were built within a short time span. The population rose to more than 50.000 in just 20 years.
Schwedt / Oder Today
Today more than 31,000 people live in the Oder town and its districts. The PCK refinery and the two large paper mills make it one of the largest economic hubs in Brandenburg. The residential areas were nicely renovated and a new lovingly-designed waterfront was created at the former industrial harbour. The Uckermärkische Bühnen Schwedt (Uckermark stages Schwedt) are well known for their manifold cultural offerings and enjoy a good reputation even far beyond its city limits. The stages offer a real highlight during the summer months with their annual festival right next to the river.