Hiking through the northern Upper Spree Forest
Hiking hat on, backpack packed? From your starting point you can already see the landmark of Straupitz - the mighty two-towered village church.
At the end of Kirchstraße is the former castle of the von Houwald family, which now houses the village's comprehensive school.
In the direction of the Neu Zaucher vineyard, the hiking trail continues to Neu Zaucher, running parallel to the small river "Neu Zaucher Kahnfahrt". Continuing past the oak grove on the flood protection dam, the trail heads towards Straupitz in the Spreewald and later towards Neu Byhleguhre/Mühlendorf.
Arriving on the "Heiliger Gang" hiking trail, you can make out the Byttna, a parcel of land with several stately ancient oaks, on shady forest paths. According to history, the Slavs followed the "Holy Walk" as a sacrificial path and used it as access to the consecrated oaks of the gods.
Continuing along field paths and open countryside, you now cross the Spreewald cucumber cycle path and already reach the castle park and your starting point for the hike. You've made it!
- Length: 23 km
- Start/finish: Straupitz village square
- Places of interest along the way: Church with two towers, former castle of the von Houwald family, "Heiliger Gang" (Holy Walk), Cucumber Cycle Path
With its charming water labyrinths, wet meadows and alder swamp forests, the Spreewald is a valuable habitat for nature and biodiversity. Learn more about nature conservation via this link from the biosphere reserve or on our overview.