Barnim Nature Park is about 750 square kilometres (ca. 290 sq miles) in size and the only joint large-scale reserve of the Federal States of Brandenburg and Berlin. About 5.4% of the area is located in the North Berlin city districts of Pankow and Reinickendorf. The Brandenburg part of the nature park is situated between Bernau, Bad Freienwalde, Eberswalde, Liebenwalde and Oranienburg.
The nature park’s landscape is mainly characterised by vast expanses of forests and woods in addition to numerous lakes, moors, almost unspoiled river valleys and kettle lakes. These small, often perfectly round water bodies are a habitat for the nature park’s heraldic animal, the fire-bellied toad.
The towns in this diverse landscape bear witness to the history of Barnim with remains of Slavic and German castles, to ancient craftsmanship with impressive fieldstone and brick buildings and historical waterways such as the Finow Canal are testimony to the economic vicissitudes in the region.
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