Spreewald- the "green lung" of Brandenburg
Spreewald round trip.
This wonderful round trip through the Spreewald begins in the garden city Cottbus, because from here you are in the middle of the beautiful Spreewald in no time at all. You can look forward to countless watercourses, typical neat wooden bridges, idyllic villages and an extensive network of rivers that used to completely replace the streets in the Spreewald. In the past, the wooden boat was the most important means of transport. It was used to get to work, to bring the harvest in, the cattle and everything necessary for life were transported. Let yourself be enchanted by a 1-2 hour boat trip in Lübbenau, Burg or Schlepzig. Enjoy the silence and tranquility as your boat glides smoothly in the UNESCO biosphere reserve. And of course you have to try the Spreewald pickled cucumbers from the wooden barrel, visit the Heimatstube in Dissen, which offers interesting insights into the way of life and traditions of the Sorbs / Wends, the smallest Slavic people who have cultivated their language, customs and culture up to the present day.
1. day Cottbus/Arrival
Arrive early to Cottbus, it's worth it. So you have time to explore the idyllic Branitzer Park with Pückler Castle in the afternoon and take a stroll through the beautifully restored Cottbus old town. Overnight stay in the center.
2. day Lübbenau/ surrounding area, app. 45 - 58 km
After a few kilometers you will already feel a change in the landscape, because you are in the Spreewald. Look forward to Burg, which is considered the center of Sorbian culture. Due to the remoteness of the region, old customs have kept surprisingly alive. You cycle to Vetschau on the well-signposted Gurken cycle path. Take a break here at the German-Sorbian double church and visit the information center about white storks. Past the imposing Slavic castle Raddusch, built of wood, you roll on the most beautiful bike paths through the Spreewald forest, which exudes its own fascination with its multitude of water arms. There is a lot to discover today and a lot to experience. The photogenic lagoon village of Lehde with its open air museum, the cucumber museum and the pretty town of Lübbenau are waiting for you.
3. day Unterspreewald, app. 48 - 70 km
Lübbenau is the tourist center of the Spreewald region. Take your time and let one of the many wooden Spree boats drive you through the imposing Spreewald early in the morning, try the famous Spreewald mustard cucumber and taste the mild horseradish. Today you cycle comfortably along the Spree to Lübben, where even the city center is criss-crossed by numerous watercourses. Marvel at the old castle and take a leisurely break. Then you leave the Oberspreewald and follow the Spree on quiet paths to Schlepzig to the most beautiful village in the Unterspreewald. From here you can individually take a round tour through the Unterspreewald or cycle to the Tropical Island (indoor waterpark). Overnight in Krausnick or Schlepzig.
4. day Burg in the Spreewald, app. 47 - 51 km
Through a beautiful landscape riddled with ponds you cycle on new paths back to Lubben, where the magnificent castle is waiting for you. Look forward to the bike route, enjoy the peace and beauty of nature and look forward to Straupitz, with its famous Schinkel church and the beautiful Dutch mill. Burg, one of the 3 main locations in the Spreewald forest awaits you today. This remarkable scattered settlement offers much to see. In the afternoon visit the local history museum that is located in an idyllic reets covered typical spreewald cabin and provides deep insight into the historic site. Also you should visit the aromatic and medicinal plant garden with over 600 medicinal plants, spices and old crops.
5. day Cottbus, 45 km
Before leaving Burg, be sure to visit the 27-meter high observation tower at the legendary castle hill, a prehistoric and early historic ramparts. From the top of the tower you enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the unique Spreewald countryside. On a disused railway line you cycle with pleasure to the Spree. Visit the absolutely worthwhile Museum of Folklore in the stork village of Dissen. An interesting exhibition informs about the lives of the Sorbian/ Wendish farmers and their festivals and customs. Dissen would actually be a normal village, if there were not so many storks (8 to 10 occupied nests), the beautiful half-timbered church and lovingly maintain museum of local history. After this break you cycle along the natural paradise Peitzer ponds to the old fortress town of Peitz and through the brown coal mining back to Cottbus.
6. day Cottbus/ Departure
After breakfast this tour ends back in Cottbus. Our recommendation: if you are already in the Spreewald, book in advance a extra night in Lübbenau Schlepzig or Burg.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
23.04. – 06.05.2022
13.09. – 25.09.2022
07.05. – 18.09.2022
bookable additional nights
- personal tour information on the location
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about the Spreewald round trip. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Cottbus is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
There is parking in the garage of the Spree River Gallery (630 pitches, video surveillance) - costs about 7,50 - 12 Euro per day.
Available rental bikes
There are 8-speed gear shift touring bikes with coaster brake, or 24-speed gear shift freewheel touring bikes available, also Ebikes.
Condition of cycle paths
The quality of bike paths in Spreewald region is generally very good. The surface changes specifically between asphalt, concrete, cobblestones, good passable dirt roads and well-developed cycle paths and side roads. The largest part of the cycle path runs along newly paved bike paths and roads.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel locally.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
The bilingual Lausitzmetropole is a worthwhile destination. The historic city center with its baroque citizen houses and the state theater built in late-late style give the visitor a small insight into the more than 850 years of city history.
They expect interesting exhibitions with objects from an earlier period - living, working and technology in the last hundred years.
In the "Brauhaus" you can enjoy freshly built and drafted Spreewald beer. In addition to the "Brauhausküche", you will also be offered guided tours through the" Braumeister's" empire.
In the Tropical Islands you will find a world full of exoticism. A stroll along the beach of the South Seas, an expedition through the tropical rain forest, numerous adventure hikes, relaxing hours in the sauna landscape, good food, shows and much more.
The observation tower offers a magnificent, breathtaking view over the surrounding Spreewaldorte. In clear weather you can even see the Berlin TV tower.
1728: The estate of Krausnick belonged only to the son of the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I, who inherited it after his death. The old church of Krausnick was dismantled and the cross-church still existing in its original form was built.
To go boating
For a long time the rivers were the only means of transport between the farms and the wooden barge with the pack.
The lagoon city in pocket format: a Venice, as it may have been 150 years ago. The most famous place in the Spreewald is the village of Lehde, which is not only by boat, but also by water walk and on foot The Spreewalddorf Lehde is located 2 km southeast of Lübbenau and was incorporated in 1974. Since wood and pipe were only available as building materials, the architecture of the block building predominated here, and indigenous woods such as alders and poplars were predominantly used.
Lübbenau, which is called "Lubnyov" in Sorbian, lies directly on the edge of the Spreewald valley. The place is considered as "secret capital of the Spreewald", as Theodor Fontane described it during its wanderings through the Mark Brandenburg.
Medicinal and spice garden
The medicinal and spice plant Burg has existed since 1992. Over 600 medicinal, spice and old crops such as flax, safflower, buckwheat are to be experienced here. The entire Schlossberghof and the herb garden are accessible to people with disabilities.
Museum of local history
In a thatched spreewaldtypical blockhouse is a small, but fine historical collection to the historical place Burg. Changing exhibitions show a picture of the past and present life in Burg.
Weidenburg Arena Salix
The ecological construction monument of plaited willow ruts on the Schlossberghof was built in 2006. As a green event venue, the Weidenburg offers a wide range of uses.
The 27 m high observation tower on the legendary Schlossberg, a prehistoric and early-history fortress, was built between 1915 and 1917. The Bismarckturm offers a wide view of the unique Spreewald landscape.
The oldest signs of a settlement in the Neolithic and Bronze Age can be found on the Schlossberg (62 m) north of Burgdorf. Around the year 600, Sorbs, also known as Wenden, settled here, and around the year 1000 the Polish King Boles aw I. Chrobry built a castle at that time, which was at that time one of the largest Burganlagen north of the Mittelgebirge. The German town name may also derive from this castle.
Formerly a livestock market and parade ground - around 1900, the square was rebuilt with representative town houses and the Jugendstil theater. Used as a rummel place until 1943, it was given its present form in 1956 on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the city.
This is where four building poles merge. The house on the eastern plateau was the seat of the mayor, the pastor and the French judge. To the south stands a work of the architect Mendelssohn in the typical Bauhaus style.
The Spremberg Tower dates from the 15th century. On a square substructure is the round tower shaft with few slit-shaped openings.
Museum of Fine Arts
In May 2008, the Museum of Fine Arts in Cottbus, which was responsible for the state of Brandenburg, moved into its domicile in the former diesel power plant. With its symbiosis of old and new architecture, it has since developed into an audience magnet for art lovers, lovers of architecture and technology.
Ground and crushed was in the mill until the 80s of the past century.