Havel country is an ambiguous term. Geographically is understood umflossene of the Havel Oranienburg area between the northeast and in the northwest Rhinow as Havel country, the U- shaped. The northern end of the Havel region formed by the River Rhine and the Rhinkanal. In the history of Brandenburg represents the Havel country represents a historic landscape

The county Havel country comprises the core of the Havel country. In addition, the southern part of the country with the Ruppin Rhinluch, the western part of Berlin's Spandau district, parts of Potsdam, the city of Brandenburg an der Havel and some places of the district Potsdam- agent market.

Tourist a slightly different definition by the Tourism Havelland eV has been chosen. It includes the county Havel country, the city of Brandenburg an der Havel and the north of the district of Potsdam - agent market, including the communities south of the river Havel, which otherwise are already assigned to the landscape Zauche.

Theodor Fontane has described the Havel country as well as other landscapes in Brandenburg. By ballad Mr. von Ribbeck at Ribbeck in the Havel country he has helped the region to special recognition and also for his adventure novel Effi Briest growing up there. A dedicated band of walks through the Mark Brandenburg is dedicated to the Havel country.


Extensive Urstromtalungen dominate the landscape in the Havel country. Island -like it protrude plates carrying mostly ground moraines. But end moraines from the Saale and Weichsel glaciation occur. The former were impressed more or less during the Weichselian Eisvorstoßes.

The sandy, dry plates carry extensive forest areas except farmland. The largest is the Nauen plate. To the north, there are several little country. To the west of the Havel arc lies the country Schollene.

In the glacial valleys of the Nauen plate stretch away from the Havel north of the Nauen plate Havelländisches Luch and Rhinluch, separated by the little land, south of the moraine hills indented by smaller Osthavelniederung with numerous Havel lakes. Especially in the north of the country Havel large areas were drained by canals since about 1700 to the 1950s.

The western part of the area between Rhinow and Pritzerbe part of the Natural Park Westhavelland. This includes in the Lower Havelniederung the largest wetland in the western European inland.


The Havel country is sparsely populated. The larger cities Spandau developed (now Berlin), Potsdam, Brandenburg on the Havel and Rathenow transitions. Other key locations for the Havel country Rhinow, Premnitz, Nauen and Friesack. Strong growth is the city Falkirk with the surrounding villages.

Economy and Transport

Agriculture and livestock dominate large areas of the Havel country. Especially around Werder fruit and vegetables is strongly represented. This is also where the processing into juices, fruit and vegetable preserves. The Havel and Havel lakes are still some fishermen to earn a living.

Tourism plays an increasingly important role in the Havel country that is to be among the recreational areas of the city of Berlin.

On the outskirts of Berlin, a freight village has arisen in Wustermark. In pairs in the ganglia märkische Exhibition and Leisure Centre offers opportunities for greater trade fairs and events.

Was a problem of the Havel country and is the transport infrastructure. The Havel is both an important waterway, especially between Brandenburg and Oranienburg, on the other hand it is with its lakes and large wetlands an obstacle for roads and railways.

The main roads are the B 5 from Berlin via Nauen in Hamburg, from which the B 188 branches off to Rathenow. North-south tangents are the B 102 of Brandenburg Rathenow after Rhinow and to the east of the Berlin beltway A 10 Of Spandau two railway lines lead to rapid transit through the Havel country. These are the routes between Berlin and Hamburg via Nauen and Lehrter about Rathenow. In the west, the Brandenburg cities railway Brandenburg Rathenow. To the east of the Berlin outer ring touches the area.