From Ketzin to Paretz
Wild Gooses Meet Up
Paretz is an “experimental and exemplary” village from the 18th century. King Friedrich Wilhelm III bought it in 1800 to live there with his wife Queen Louise and to redesign it with architect David Gilly.
The neoclassical castle doesn’t look very castle-like from the outside. I just had a short glimpse inside when a guide came and asked me if I had a ticket which I denied because the ticket shop was closed. The regular opening times of the castle are Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm.
On the way back to Ketzin with a dramatic sunset
Of course I prefer single trails or forest roads but this small country road didn’t look to busy and I was to tired to take another detour through the bushes. It was no mistake: There are quite some beautiful buildings and landscapes to see.
Ketzin is a small town on Havel River in the West of Berlin direction Brandenburg an der Havel. You can find a lot of historic houses there, telling the rich history of the place. In the 19th century clay was found and since then Potters settled there. With the Paretzer Erdlöcher and the Ketziner Stiche—both lake assemblies from clay mining origin—a similar landscape as in the North of Berlin near to Zehdenick developed.
Location: Train Station Ketzin – Havelpromenade – Hiking Path to Paretz (Attention: The path is not indicated on Open Street Map maps, but there are green signs with a hiker icon) – Uferweg – An der Havel – along Havelkanal – Schleuse Paretz – (here I made a tour through Paretz first, but I would recommend to do the Paretzer Erdlöcher first) – Paretz and the parc of the castle – Paretzer Erdlöcher – Paretz – back to Ketzin / Distance: 17 km / Public Transport: Bahnhof Ketzin, ca. 1:30h from Berlin, Main Station / from city center: 43 km / West / Weather: -1 °C, sunny with dark skies / Camera: Nikon D90, 18-105 mm lens