Deep amid the rustic grandeur of Brandenburg, close to the coursing waters of the Elbe and Black Elster rivers, Falkenberg is a slice of traditional German culture. That's not to say it's a try-hard touristy sort of town. Falkenberg is such an understated place that it could easily be missed by most visitors to the area, yet it makes for a superb getaway spot during the warmer seasons. With its lush greenery, wide open spaces and proximity to a large lake, it's a place of pure tranquil charm.Things to see
You don't have to be a train buff to enjoy a walk around the Brandenburg Railway Museum Falkenberg. Here you can see huge hulking steam locomotives, preserved uniforms and station equipment from generations ago. Enough to bring on a sense of nostalgia even if you're barely into adulthood. Speaking of history, the local museum with its medieval-style exposed beams is also worth seeing in the main marketplace of Falkenberg. Afterwards, take a walk along the idyllic streets under the lush branches of ancient oak trees. Perhaps the most popular place in these parts is the Kiebitzer See, a large lake on the outskirts which forms part of a larger recreation area. Here there are sands to bask on, boats to rent and water slides to whoosh down. Not to mention plenty of forested areas to explore. Hotels in
This may be a more rustic part of Germany, but hotels in Falkenberg and its environs still come equipped with all mod-cons. These include WiFi access in public spaces and guestrooms, and flat-screen televisions. It has to be said that there isn't a huge variety to choose from, but what there is should please pretty much all visitors, no matter what your budget, and the relative lack of accommodation is one of the reasons why the area makes for such a relaxing getaway.Where to stay
There's a distinct lack of hotels in Falkenberg itself, but that's not to say you can't explore the area at your leisure. After all, there is some tempting accommodation dotted about the neighbouring areas, in towns such as Belgern and Bad Schmiedeberg. These range from very modern looking pads – think clean, minimalist exteriors and guestrooms – to more quaint and traditional accommodation, featuring cosy bars and restaurants with exposed wood fixtures and decor. And they're all within easy travelling distance of both Falkenberg, the lake, and the charming banks of the local rivers.How to get to Falkenberg
Perhaps surprisingly for such a low key sort of place, Falkenberg is remarkably well connected. No fewer than 4 railway lines running through the area. This means you should easily be able to come for a day or two wherever you happen to be coming from in Germany. Similarly, there is very good road access to the town and its idyllic environs. As you'll probably have hired a car for your holiday in the region, paying a nice long visit to Falkenberg should be a doddle.