6.2 miles long and 4.6 square miles on the surface, Lake Scharmützel is the second largest lake in Brandenburg. The name probably derives from the Slavic word “koromyslo” which means “water carrier”. The beauty of the lake and its surroundings were already well known to the famous German novelist and poet Theodor Fontane (1819-1898), who affectionately called the lake the “Märkisches Meer” (The Sea of the Mark Brandenburg).
Even today, the lake offers a variety of leisure possibilities. Sailing or rowing, exploring unspoiled corners of the lake, going on a boat trip, or just letting yourself float. The lake is also perfect for fishing and diving, or for exploring its surroundings cycling or walking on one of the great biking and hiking roads.
Going for a swim, jumping into the refreshing water right off our hotel-owned docks, or just drifting in one of our rowing- or pedal boats towards the sunset – all this, and more, is possible at the PALAIS AM SEE.
In the heyday of this popular resort (1920s), all of Berlin came out to Bad Saarow to relax and return home completely rejuvenated. Today Bad Saarow, in the heart of Brandenburg, not only attracts Berliners, but enchants visitors even beyond Germany’s borders. With only about 5,000 residents, Bad Saarow has retained its quaint appearance, but shines in new splendour. Historic buildings like the train station have been lovingly restored and integrate perfectly into the beautiful, unspoiled landscape.
Located on the shores of the Lake Scharmützel, Bad Saarow -the modern recreation, holiday, and well-known resort spa – has a lot to offer. In addition to a diverse range of water sports and perfect bicycle and hiking roads, Bad Saarow also offers world-class golf courses, horse riding, and tennis facilities. Its historical background is equally appealing. Bad Saarow was particularly in demand by German and international celebrities and intellectuals in the 1920s – the villas of the German boxer Max Schmeling and his wife, the German-Czech actress Anni Ondra, and of the Russian author Maxim Gorky are certainly worth seeing. We are looking forward to providing you with further information about Bad Saarow’s interesting history!
Due to its curative thermal springs and mud rich in minerals, Bad Saarow’s therapists have been a renowned for their medicinal and therapeutic skills for over 100 years. Health conscious guests can look forward not only to the Bad Saarow Thermal Baths and the Centre for Chinese Medicine, but also to a wide range of beauty farms, fitness centres, and athletic facilities – right at their hotel PALAIS AM SEE.
For the shopping enthusiasts among our guests who do not fancy travelling to Berlin, the city of Fürstenwalde offers various options: a pleasant shopping street with plenty of cafes, the “Fürstengalerie” (Prince’s Arcade), or the “Rathauscenter” (Town Hall Centre) leave (almost) nothing to be desired. The local market (Tue, Thu, Fri), where one can buy regional products, is always worth a visit. After having strolled through shops, you could also visit Fürstenwalde’s local market or the historic cathedral, and finish off with a glass of wine in one of the northernmost vineyards of Germany.
There is much to discover in Bad Saarow and its surroundings – just talk to our friendly staff, we will be happy to be able to bring our region close to you!
The Legend – the Spree Forest is an involuntary work of the devil:
The devil wanted to plough the bed of the river Spree with his oxen, but the animals did not really want to. When he threatened them, they were so scared that they galloped over the area, their plough still behind them. Thus arose the legend of the over 350 branching waterways of the Spree Forest…
Even today, being in the Spree Forest feels like being in a fairy tale. The Forest, located in the southeast of Brandenburg, captivates one not only by its unspoiled nature and waterways, which is also protected as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1991, but also by its unique cultural heritage. The Spree Forest and the Lusatia region (German: Lausitz) have been populated a long time ago by the Sorbs, a Slavic people. Therefore, today, the city and street names, as well as the names of the waterways are in two languages.
We offer both information about cultural events in the region (artistic, Sorbian Easter; the Spree Forest market to celebrate St. John the Baptist; or farmers’ markets), and are extremely happy to organise guided tours and boat trips with our reliable partner.
Richard von Weizsäcker
(President of Germany from 1984 to 1994)
We would like to complete our former President’s statement and bring Berlin’s special facets close to you. Most everyone knows the Brandenburg Gate. We will help you to discover a new and exciting, but at the same time a very authentic Berlin off the beaten track!
The most visited city in Germany is constantly changing. As an emerging fashion metropolis, Berlin attracts more and more stars and starlets, artists and intellectuals from all over the world. The PALAIS provides basic information about the most popular and renowned sights in Berlin. However, we also strive to show a new Berlin even to those who have visited it multiple times before. The most popular attractions including the Fernsehturm, Berliner Dom, the Red City Hall, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Gendarmenmarkt and many more are already known – But do you know the sweets factory in a small backyard in the Oranienburger street, where you can actually see how the sweets are handmade? Or have you ever walked through Berlin in the footsteps of Heinrich Zille, had a typically Berlin lunch at the “Nußbaum”, and enjoyed his cartoons? We are happy to share our knowledge of Germany’s beautiful capital with you. There is something special for everyone…
…A classic stroll along Berlin’s main attractions, which turns into an unforgettable experience because of our little “insider tips”.
…A journey through Berlin’s museum landscape: Over 175 museums on various topics are waiting for you.
…Learn about Berlin’s “personal” history: visit the museum of the Currywurst and enjoy one yourself – Currywurst deluxe with a glass of champagne in Berlin’s famous Currywurst Snack, which is frequented by many celebrities such as German actress Iris Berben, German tennis star Boris Becker, German actress Heike Makatsch, or even Tom Cruise. Or explore Berlin in the footsteps of the famous Berlin graphic artist and draughtsman Heinrich Zille (1858-1929): visit the Zille museum and his favorite restaurant, the “Nußbaum” in the oldest part of the city.
The team of the PALAIS is full of ideas and will gladly help you to make your trip to Berlin a perfect experience. We can organise guided tours with our reliable partner, and we offer a shuttle service (also for a day). Just tell us what you wish to do during your booking or on the spot.
The nearby Poland offers delightful excursions: It is only a 2.5 hours drive to one oldest cities in Poland, Poznan (German Posen), where you will find a quaint old town with its famous Old Town Hall, the Cathedral on the cathedral island, or the former Imperial Palace. The “route of the kings and emperors” leads the way along even more of Poznan’s sights. You can learn about Polish history at the Muzeum Narodowe, the National Museum, and finish off your day with a traditional Polish dish at the market square, enjoying the hustle and bustle around you.
Or you could visit one of the many castles in Poland: Rogalin, Gołuchów, or Śmiełów are only a short drive away from the PALAIS. Also worth seeing are Zielona Góra (a bishop’s town known for its wine), Gorzów Wielkopolski, or Lubusz, which captivates its visitors through its astoundingly beautiful landscape.