Welcome to the Templin History Museum!
Contact: Museum für Stadtgeschichte Templin
Tel.: 03987 – 20 00 526
May – September:
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday/Sunday 13:00 – 17:00
October – April:
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00
Saturday/Sunday 13:00 – 15:00
Also on offer: permanent exhibition, various special exhibitions, guided tours, special events for kids, souvenir shop, other events (theater, concerts, etc.)
The Templin City Wall
Around the year 1300 the city of Templin was already surrounded by a mighty wall that still stands today. It completely surrounds Templin with a length of 1735 meters and a height of almost 7 meters. There are three gateways, the Berlin Gate to the South, the Mill Gate to the West and the Prenzlau Gate to the Northeast permitted entrance. Parts of the wall were torn down in order to add more gates later on. Inside the wall there are 50 watchtowers at intervals of 20 to 30 meters. The watchtowers which face outwards are semicircular and stick out of the wall help support the wall and protect the city. On the inside, each watchtower had two platforms made of wooden planks. In the 1300s one of the watchtowers was converted to the Owl Tower, and in the 1400s another one was converted to the Gunpowder Tower.
The Prenzlau Gate
The Prenzlau Gate was built at around the same time as the wall itself (around 1300). An additional outer gate with a zwinger was added to the main gate during the 1400s. The outer gate with its modern twin gateways made the regulation of the in and out traffic possible. With the Waldemarsgang, another gateway was added to the the main gate in around 1600. This allowed the in and out traffic to flow much smoother in both directions, also from the city's side of the wall. A change in the roadway in 1866 made the length of the gateway unnecessary. A firehouse arose, with a roof on the walls of the zwinger between the main gate and the outer gate. Starting in 1953, in the course of the erection of the ethnographic museum, small construction changes were made and the cloister was converted into an office. It was reopened after the restauration in 2010. Between the main gate and the outer gate there is now one large room that holds the Templin History Museum.
The concept of the permanent exhibition is inseparably connected with the architecture of the museum. The view through the main gate and the outer gate allows the visitor to experience the room both as a passageway and a place of transition. The collection is newly arranged and presented to show the city, regional and museum history, a change from “Ethnographic Museum” to “City and Regional History Museum.” It is divided into three sections, “The City”, “Living in the City and in the Country” and “The Country” that define the contents of the exhibition. Life in the city, the landscape around Templin, forests and lakes and the developing tourism are shown in the objects on display. In the museum's section called the “Waldemarsgang”, “Tales of the City” are told, stories of people, institutions and places that shaped living in the city.