'Schloss and Park Rheinsberg.'
The Rheinsberg castle is situated at Lake Grienerick, in the southern corner of the Mecklenburg lake plateau. This is where Prussian king Friedrich der Große (Frederick the Great) used to live as crown prince. Around 1900 the wealthy Berlin bourgeoisie discovered the baroque village as a health spa. As did writer Kurt Tucholsky, who got so excited about the place he situated his next novel there: "Rheinsberg - ein Bilderbuch für Verliebte" ("Rheinsberg, a picture book for lovers"). It made the town famous, and since the fall of the Berlin Wall pilgrimage to the city started once again, not by health seekers but by lovers!
It was in Rheinsberg that I met this couple, baby in pram, reading each other pages from Tucholsky. I saw Claire and Wolfgang, protagonists from the book, come alive in their eyes. And though they never got each other, they experienced a few happy days in Rheinsberg. Photo Paul Smit.