The Gurkenradweg - tracking down the Spreewald gherkin
The Spreewald and Spreewald gherkins are inextricably linked, that much is clear! But where exactly do the gherkins come from and how are they produced? On a bike tour on the Gurkenradwegl in the Spreewald, visitors can find answers to these and other questions.
The Gurkenradweg leads over 260 km through the UNESCO Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, past picturesque streams and romantic villages as well as numerous sights, gherkin fields and gherkin pickling plants. The restaurants along the route invite you to stop for a rest to taste Spreewald's speciality.
Facts on the Gurkenradweg
The Gurkenradweg can be split into 8 stages which can also be further subdivided, however. From Lübben, the Gurkenradweg leads south, past Lübbenau with its castle, and Lehde with its Gherkin Museum. The route continues via Burg and Werben to the cultural metropolis of Cottbus with its historical Old Town and its beautiful Art Nouveau theatre. The circular route then takes you past the fortress town of Peitz and the Dutch windmill in Straupitz back to Lübben.
If you follow the Gurkenradweg northward, you will reach the idyllic Spreewald village of Schlepzig as well as the towns of Groß Leuthen, Leibsch, Krausnick and Golßen. The Spreewald Gherkin Day is held in Golßen on the second weekend of August with ceremonies and customs surrounding the Spreewald gherkin.
Stage 1: Lübben-Burg
Stage 2: Burg-Peitz-Cottbus
Stage 3: Cottbus-Burg
Stage 4: Burg-Lehde
Stage 5: Lehde-Niewitz
Stage 6: Niewitz-Krausnick
Stage 7: Krausnick-Groß Leuthen
Stage 8: Groß Leuthen-Lübben
Due to the lack of serious climbs in the Spreewald, the cycle path is suitable both for advanced cyclists and for families with children. A complete network of battery-changing stations allows you also to explore the route with e-bikes that can be hired at various rental stations.
Besides the Gurkenradweg, there are further cycle paths through the Spreewald such as the Prince Pückler Trail, the Niederlausitz Mining Tour, the Spreewald Trail or the Crane Tour.