Schwedenlinde - Swedish Lime Tree, Brielow, Germany
N 52° 27.662 E 012° 32.485
33U E 332969 N 5815159
Quick Description: This 500 year-old tree marks the grave of a Swedish officer who fell here in 1631 during the Thirty-Years war.
Location: Brandenburg, Germany
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 4:43:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM9VNM
Long before history started numbering world wars, there was a conflict in Central Europe that involved all powers of the western world and - measured by the percentage of population lost - claimed a higher toll on Europe than the two World Wars of the 20th century. Between 1618 and 1648, in the Thirty Years War, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, Denmark, Sweden and their allies in a Germany that was divided into over 100 principalities, fought over control in Europe and over the only true religion.
In 1631, Swedish troops advanced deep into Germany. A Swedish officer fell while fighting in the fishing village of Brylow. In order to be able to find his grave more easily, his bride buried him under a lime tree that even in those days towered over its surroundings.
Today, the tree is the largest tree in the German state of Brandenburg. It is frequently used as a destination for field trips to teach children about the Thirty-Years War and the parties involved. It is one of the last remaining relics of a war that could very well be called the first world war.
There is also a geocache at the location.
Relic of the Thirty-Years War (1618-1648).
Species: Lime Tree
Approximate Age: 500
Location: Brielow, Germany
Website: Not listed
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