The Spreewald is a unique cultural landscape in the heart of Europe. The special feature is its countless rivers, which form an extensive water labyrinth and provide a characteristic flora and fauna. Due to its flat landscape profile and its very well developed cycle paths, there is pure cycling fun. In addition to the impressive nature, four castles form the historical framework. As a highlight, you will be at the family seat of the Counts of Lynar (only in Cat. II) and experience the special magic of the Spreewald on a boat trip. Look forward to your "companion", the cycling cucumber!
Itinerary (ca. 175 - 243 km)
All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork, In this case, please follow the directions posted on site.
Day 1: Arrival in Cottbus
During the day you will travel to Cottbus on your own. The Lusatian metropolis is one of the greenest cities in Germany with its large parks and gardens. The old town with its old fortifications invites you to stroll and the old market with its many restaurants invites you to an enjoyable end to the day. Overnight in Cottbus.
Day 2: Cottbus - Burg approx. 44 km / 27 miles
At the beginning of your stage you should definitely look at the Prince Pückler Park Branitz with its castle, visitor centre and the two pyramids. Afterwards we pass the former lignite opencast mine and through the largest contiguous pond area in Germany to the fortress town of Peitz. In the Storchendorf Dissen you will learn interesting facts about Master Adebar and the Sobs before you reach the scattered settlement Of Burg. Overnight castle.
Day 3: Burg - Lübben approx. 33-62 km / 21-39 miles
With the varied tour through the "Venice of the East" you can start your tour today and expand it by 35 km. From the castle you cycle to Straupitz, where the imposing Schinkelkirche and the Triple Dutch Mill are waiting for you. Try the healthy Straupitzer linseed oil. Continue through a vast forest and meadow landscape to Lübben, the gateway to the Unterspreewald. In Lübben Castle, the coat of arms hall is worth seeing and the castle island invites you to linger and relax. Overnight lübben or Unterspreewald.
Day 4: Lübben - Lübbenau approx. 47-65 km / 29-40 miles
From Lübben you cycle through a beautiful pond landscape to Schlepzig, the most beautiful village in the Unterspreewald. Many sights such as the Farmers' Museum, a brewery and distillery, a small ferry port and the visitor centre of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve can be visited. Afterwards, a detour to Lake Köthener see is a good way for all bathing enthusiasts, before it goes back to Lübben through the Marecan pine forest. Along the Spree, Lübbenau is no longer far away, where you will meet the colourful market at the Great Harbour. Overnight schloss Lübbenau.
Day 5: Day of rest or tour Lübbenau, approx. 21 km / 13 miles
In the secret capital of the Spreewald, a relaxing day of rest or a small bike ride around Lübbenau awaits you today. On a 2-hour boat trip through the Hochwald you will experience the Spreewald from its most beautiful side. You should also plan some time for Lehde, the pocket-sized lagoon village (Fontane). In the Cucumber Museum, everything revolves around the well-known Spreewald vegetables, which you can also taste there. In the open-air museum, on the other hand, time seems to stand still and you immerse yourself in the life of the Sorbs in the 19th century. Overnight as the day before.
Day 6: Lübbenau - Cottbus approx. 51 km / 32 miles
On the way to Leipe you cycle on one of the most beautiful sections of the trail about 5 km along rivers through the shady high forest. In Vetschau you will find the 16th-century town castle, where you can admire the magnificent Knight's Hall. But also the German-Wendische Doppelkirche as well as the White Stork Information Center are worth seeing. On the way, you can stop by many quaint inns and taste regional delicacies. A special experience is offered by the old Spreewald station in Burg, where the drinks are brought to the table by rail. Overnight Cottbus.
Day 7: Departure from Cottbus
After breakfast, you will travel home on your own or extend your stay.
Choose your preferred date: Daily travel start from 15 April to 8 October 2023
attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility
Train: Cottbus station
Parking: public underground car park or at the hotel, approx. 6-16 € / day (information without guarantee, subject to availability, no pre-reservation, payable on site) OR other parking facilities (free of charge/fee): www.parkopedia.de
Things to note:
not included: culture tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses.
Hotel examples - hotel may differ - all rooms with shower / toilet or bath / toilet
Categories I = Comfort
These are middle-class hotels or pensions with mostly 3 *** stars, rarely 2 ** stars (according to DEHOGA) or comparable, which offer comfortable rooms, a decent breakfast buffet and a cozy atmosphere. They are mostly in a central location.
Cottbus: Lindner Congress Hotel
Burg: Hotel am Spreebogen
Lübben: Hotel Lindengarten
Category II Premium
Here we book comfort or first-class hotels for you. These are partly very good 3-star and 4-star hotels (according to DEHOGA) or comparable, which offer special comfort or are highly recommended due to their special location and ambience. They are mostly in a central location.