The place Lehde (Lědy)
The historical Spreewald village of Lehde is best discovered on foot or on a traditional boat trip.
Officially, Lehde is part of Lübbenau, but it has its own very special charm and village character. With its 130 residents and its direct location on the water, Lehde is one of the oldest and most beautiful villages in the Spreewald. The beauty of Lehde was not lost on the great poet and writer, Theodor Fontane: "It is the lagoon town in pocket format, a Venice as it may have been 1,500 years ago when the first fishermen's families looked for shelter on its marshy islands."
Then as now, the Spreewald boat is considered an important means of transport in this small town surrounded by water. As well as a tour of exploration on foot, a trip with a traditional boat is particularly to be recommended.
Visitors should not miss out on the open-air museum in Lehde. With its three old-Wendish farmhouses, it offers a glimpse of how Spreewald residents lived in the 19th century. An historical costume exhibition, art gallery, pottery and a blueprint workshop convey all there is to know about traditional crafts and Spreewald residents' Sorbian roots.
Events in Lehde
The annual Lehde Festival with women in traditional costumes and the boat parade show the village from its traditional side. Things get more modern for the Spreewald Light Nights when bridges, trees and houses in the town are bathed in a multi-coloured see of colour. Visitors must definitely book in good time for the exceptional boat rides at this time. In the winter months, Christmas in the Spreewald is considered a very special experience. Here, visitors are taken in Spreeland punts and accompanied by gnomes from Lübbenau's port Christmas celebration to the open-air museum in Lehde where a Christmas dinner as it was 150 years ago awaits them.
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