It's only about 10 km from Landhotel Felchow to the historic old town of Angermünde - a journey easily travelled by car, bus, bike or even by foot. Angermünde invites you to walk in the steps of the writer Ehm Welk's „Heiden“, to marvel at the many restored historic buildings, to visit the medieval Marien church or the Franziscan Abbey. You could also pay a visit to the lovely assistants from the tourism information office located in one of the city's gorgeous frame houses, or you could enjoy some cake and coffee whilst discovering the intricate details of the fascinating fountain created by the Uckermark artist Christian Uhlig.
Angermünde – a city with more than 775 years of history
Since its foundation in 1230 the former peasants' town Angermünde is a an important hub for the South East of the Uckermark. After an eventful past it currently inhabits around 15.000 people. In contrast to its rather low population numbers Angermünde ranges between the 10th and 15th largest cities in Germany – similar in size to large cities such as Dresden and Bremen. This is due to the fact that 23 surrounding villages had been incorporated in the past. Actually to be precise it is only 22 villages and one city – as the district Greiffenberg received its town charter in the 13th century.
Historic Old Town Angermünde
The historic look of the old town of Angermünde was almost perfectly preserved. Angermünde is a member of the working committee „Cities with historic City Centres“ in Brandenburg. The old town was almost completely restored in an unprecedented preservation program and now offers a picturesque atmosphere with its stunning red brick buildings, frame houses and beautiful inner court yards. The tall Franciscan Abbey and the Marien church with its Wagner organ are the most visible architectural highlights. There are organ concerts and events taking place in the abbey on a regular basis. It's also the permanent exhibition place for the local historical society.
Every two years sculptors from all over Europe meet for the Angermünde hard-stone symposium which was initiated by the Altklünkendorf artist Joachim Karbe. The artists use so called foundlings for their works – huge granite stones which were left behind by the melting glaciers of the last ice age around 10,000 years ago. You can discover their creations on a walk through the old town or a stroll along the scenic Münde lake water front.
On the trail of the “Heiden from Kummerow”
The “Heiden from Kummerow” marveled in awe on their “migration”: “Randemünde looked just like a cosmopolitan world city with its mighty Marien church, its abbey, the powder tower...”
And this “Randemünde” is nothing else but the pristine Angermünde – which every August is the destination of a re-enacted migration from Biesenbrow – which is the real life version of the town Kummerow mentioned in the popular German book by Ehm Welk. With a bit of luck you might be able to spot one of its lovely main characters on your explorations through Angermünde.
Almost two thirds of the Angermünde area are part of the great reservation zones National Park Lower Oder Valley (Nationalpark Unteres Odertal) and the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin (Biosphärenreservat Schorfheide-Chorin). The city regards itself as a bridge between the two and promises a rich and colourful natural experience for all visitors.