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Steam locomotive, petting zoo and the stuff Berlin is made of: Bricks. In the Mildenberg Ziegeleipark there is history in 3D to touch, try out, experience – and in the middle of nature.
Brick chimneys on the horizon, the sun glistening on the Havel – welcome to Mildenberg. Only about an hour’s drive by car from Berlin, I am in the middle of nature. Lush green meadows (sometimes dry in the dry summer) full of wildflowers, forests, lakes – and these imposing chimneys on the horizon.
They are real witnesses to the history of Berlin. The Zehdenick brick district was once the most important and largest in Europe! The 40-hectare Ziegeleipark Mildenberg is now an industrial museum in the middle of the nature park. You can see a lot here, just like in a classic museum, but you can also touch and handle things – you can even shape bricks yourself or take a brickyard driving licence.
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Petting zoo, picnic areas, playground, nature park with 1001 adventures just waiting to be discovered. And of course the ride on a historic clay lorry train – for families with children, the Mildenberg Ziegeleipark offers many possibilities.
For those interested in history, there are buildings with interactive exhibitions on many different topics related to bricks. In the early 20th century, billions of bricks were painted here – Berlin was built brick by brick from these bricks!
Tip: In summer, pack a towel and bikini / swimsuit! There are many beautiful bathing spots at the lakes!
I arrived by water on a beautiful early summer day by kayak. At the campsite in the old marina you can pull your kayak onto land and leave it – just let the building know.
We first took the ride on the “Tonlorenbahn” – it’s a round trip where the guide keeps stopping the train and giving a round-up with compact knowledge. For example, clay lorry trains used to transport bricks and coal around the site – he even drives through the building of the old Stackebrandt brickworks. Afterwards, we delved deeper into the history and explored the terrain and buildings on foot. There are additional information boards – so it’s up to you how much history you want to fill up.
How deep you want to dive can be wonderfully dosed by everyone. Everything is on offer, from an insight into the hard life of the workers, to buildings that can be experienced authentically, to the history of bricks up to the present day.
The old workshops are a highlight. There it looks as if the workers have just left their tools and are on their lunch break. Old time clippings, master craftsman’s certificates and safety instructions hang on the walls.
Funny and not at all as easy as expected was the (free) ride on therail bike!
On the first weekend of every month, there are craft days where you can make your own bricks using the hand-painting method – unfortunately not when we were there.
Experience industrial history – by tram, bike, go-kart and on foot. To touch, to try out, to walk through. For adults interested in history, a half-day excursion to the Mildenberg Ziegeleipark is worthwhile – combined with a kayak or boat trip on the idyllic lakes of the clay pond landscape. The additional offer for families with adventure playground, locomotive rides and small animal enclosure is particularly attractive.
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