The water town Fürstenberg on the Havel

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Brandenburger Strasse with Havel church bell tower © Christopher Voitus/cc-by-sa-3.0

Brandenburger Strasse with Havel church bell tower © Christopher Voitus/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fürstenberg is a town in the Oberhavel district, in Brandenburg, Germany. Until 1950, Fürstenberg was part of the former Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Fürstenberg is situated on the River Havel, 21 kilometres (13 mi) south of Neustrelitz, and 75 kilometres (47 mi) north of Berlin.

The city lies at the southern edge of the Mecklenburg Lake District and is framed by the Röblinsee, Baalensee, and Schwedtsee lakes. The River Havel splits into several channels as it flows through the town, one of which contains a lock used by vessels navigating the river. The original town site was situated on an island between these channels.

Town Hall © Clemensfranz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Heinrich Schliemann memorial © Doris Antony/cc-by-sa-3.0 Baalensee © OHVChris75/cc-by-sa-3.0 Fuerstenberg Palace © Clemensfranz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Barracks of the former Ravensbrueck concentration camp © Norbert Radtke/cc-by-sa-3.0 Brandenburger Strasse with Havel church bell tower © Christopher Voitus/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Barracks of the former Ravensbrueck concentration camp © Norbert Radtke/cc-by-sa-3.0
North from the center of the city ‘Fürstenberg Palace’ is located, which has been built between 1741 und 1752 by the architect Christoph Julius Löwe for Dorothea Sophie of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of Adolphus Frederick III, the Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. In world war I und world war II the palace was used as a hospital.

Under Nazi rule, Fürstenberg was the site of the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp, and a memorial now occupies the site. Today the former accommodation blocks for the female guards are a youth hostel and a youth meeting centre. In the course of reorganisation which took place in the early 1990s, the “Museum des antifaschistischen Widerstandskampfes” was replaced by two new permanent exhibitions: the first exhibition is called “Women of Ravensbrück” and displays the examples of the biographies of 27 former prisoners. The second exhibition is entitled “Ravensbrück. Topography and History of the Women’s Concentration Camp”. It provides information about the origins of the camp, describes the daily life in the camp and explains the principle of “Vernichtung durch Arbeit” (extermination through work). Since 2004 there has also been an exhibition about the female guards at the Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp, housed in another of their former accommodation blocks. There are also temporary exhibitions of special interest held regularly at the memorial.

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