Apartments in the "Alte Stadtförsterei" in Lychen

Die Stadt Lychen

Lychen, city of seven lakes, has a mixed history. Several sources claim that traces of settlements from the late Neolithic can be found in the area of the city. Maybe it’s due to the nice surrounding that even the Slavs settled in the area in the 6th century. The city was founded in the year 1248 by margrave Johann I. For the following 200 years the brandenburgians and the mecklenburgians seemed unable to find agreement upon where Lychen belongs to. In the year 1448 it finally got included to Brandenburg. Even Lychen nowadays is considered as borderland, the official border to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern runs very close to the town. In the contested 200 years a town wall was built as well as the still remaining fortified church as shelter. Pest cholera and wars were pestering the town so that in the year 1644 only 17 homes of 224 remaining were inhabited with overall 29 people. (todays population: 3100)
A first recovery occurred after the street from Templin to Fürstenberg and was built and the connection to the railway was established in 1899. From the 17th century up to the middle of the 20th century Lychen remained a traid hub in timber industry. Major parts of Berlin and the important harbor in Hamburg were built from wood from Lychen. Wood was brought from the large forests to the lake Oberpfuhl and was rafted to the town lake which is connected to river Havel; In 2008 Lychen was named “Flößerstadt” (engl. rafting city).

International reputation was attained in 1902 when the clock maker Johann Kirsten invented the thumbtack. With reference to that all the tourist information around sights in Lychen is written one large Tacks.
Regrettably the sanatoriums, which were founded with best intentions, were converted to labor- and sports-sanatorium during the NS-Regime and later even to a SS military hospital. From 1945 until 1993 the clinics were used as a military hospital by the Russian occupation. The beautiful and large villas are being reconstructed little by little and converted into flats and holiday apartments for a couple of years now.
The sanatoriums led to an upswing in tourism. I was surprised myself when I read that during Pentecost in 1910 almost 50000 people came to Lychen for relaxing and recovering, those numbers are yet to be reached. (… well, we are working on it)