Woman riding a bicycle in the Spreewald on a tour along a river

Summer cycling tour tips for the Spreewald

Vetschau, 22 June 2023

Cycling tours in the Spreewald promise varied nature experiences and cultural highlights - even without any effort on an e-bike. Whether one-day round trips, routes lasting several days or long-distance cycle routes - the extensive network of cycle paths in the Spreewald has a lot to offer. Many bike rental stations make it easy for guests to get there. Both conventional bikes and electric bikes are available for hire in every major Spreewald town.

TOUR 1 Gurkenradweg - Stage 1 from Lübben to Cottbus

In total, the Gurkenradweg leads 260 kilometres through the Spreewald UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. "If you want to cycle the entire route, you should take six days," says Anne Magoltz, the Spreewald Tourist Board's activity specialist. "Whether on your own or as a bookable multi-day cycling tour with accommodation along the route and luggage transfer - the Gurkenradweg means 260 km of pure Spreewald." However, the Gurkenradweg can also be cycled in five stages with more time. A yellow sign with a cycling green cucumber shows the way. The first stage of the Gurkenradweg leads through the Upper Spree Forest, is about 53 km long and is estimated to take just under four hours. Basic fitness is a prerequisite.

It starts in Lübben on the Schlossinsel (castle island). From there the Gurkenradweg leads along the Spree to Lübbenau. In Lübbenau, the historic old town with the Gurkenmeile (gherkin mile), boat harbours and the Spreewald Museum are highly recommended. Continue along the Leiper Weg to the idyllic Spreewald village of Leipe, then continue towards Raddusch to Vetschau. In Vetschau, guests can take a short break at the Göritz farm shop and farm kitchen and, during the season between July and September, harvest Spreewald gherkins themselves with the Gurkenflieger (harvesting machine). The tour continues to Burg, one of the most famous Spreewald towns. There are many places to stop for refreshments, ice cream parlours and the historic Spreewald mill, where you can buy many bread baking mixtures and grain mixtures for muesli, also in organic quality. The route continues to Werben, where you can visit the weed shop. Passing Brisen, the first stage ends in Cottbus with its historic old town and the late Art Nouveau theatre, which is unique in Europe. Cyclists return to Lübben from Cottbus by train. The RE2 takes just under half an hour to Lübben.

All other stages of the Gurkenradweg can be found here.

TOUR 2 Spreewald Fish Tour: charming tour along the fish ponds through the Lower Spreewald All information and GPS data can be found here.

Many species of fish and birds feel at home on and in the Spree, the river that gave the Spreewald its name. Since the settlement of the Spreewald, 22 ponds have been created for fish farming. Carp, pike, pikeperch, perch, catfish and trout, among others, thrive there. "The Spreewald Fish Tour is still a bit of an insider tip," says Anne Magoltz, the Spreewald Tourist Board's activity specialist. "I just cycled the route myself. It leads through the peaceful pond landscape as well as along the typical Spreewald rivers." Restaurants in picturesque Spreewald villages line the route, where cyclists can enjoy freshly caught fish prepared according to Spreewald recipes. Binoculars are a good travel companion to observe the variety of animals during a short rest.

In total, the easy circular tour is 37 km long and leads over asphalt as well as gravel paths. It is estimated to take 2.5 hours - families will certainly need a little longer.

Route description

The round tour starts again in Lübben. If you have time, you can visit the castle island with its sound garden, water playground and labyrinth, the "SpreeLagune" natural bathing area and the Paul Gerhardt Church. After a few kilometres in Lübben, you will see the Lehnigksberg inn, where you can also rent bicycles. It is also a good starting point for the tour if you don't have your own bike.

Then the tour first runs along the Spree through the peaceful Restauwald forest, an impressive bird sanctuary. This is followed as far as Schlepzig by the unique pond landscape with a water surface area of around 250 hectares. The idyllic Spreewald village of Schlepzig has become famous for its brewery and distillery,Germany's first rye whiskey distillery with farm shop and beer garden, and a historic mill has developed into a small gourmand's paradise. The brewery is also known for its vegetarian cuisine. Perfect for a rest after the first 15 kilometres. Until 30 September 2023, Schlepzig will host the art festival Aquamediale where visitors can admire works of art from a punt or canoe.

From Schlepzig, the tour leads back to Lübben via Krausnick and Lubolz and other rural towns. Those who didn't have time to explore the town before can do so now. The castle island is always worth a trip, especially with children. If you want to try the famous Spreewald gherkins, you should make a stop at "Gurkenpaule" just before the castle island.

The Spreewald Fish Tour can be combined with the following cycle routes: Gurkenradweg, Spreeradweg,Hofjagdweg and Historic Town Centres Cycle Tour No. 6.

Arrival/departure:

  • By train: From Berlin main station with the RE2 (Cottbus) to Lübben (approx. 1 hour).
  • By car: From Berlin via the A13 and B115 to Lübben (approx. 1.5 hours).

You can find all the information about cycling tours on our website spreewald.de.

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