The Spreewald (Spree Forest) includes low-lying areas in which the river Spree meanders in thousands of small waterways through meadows and forests. It is a beautiful, unique landscape about one hour south of Berlin and well worth a day trip or a weekend trip to relax from the buzzing city life.
Besides its beautiful nature, the Spreewald is home to one of the two recognized minorities in Germany, the Sorbs with their unique culture. Many old, traditional farmhouses along the waterways offer beautiful sights.
It has been a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1991.
Forested low moor landscape with 1,300 km of irrigation channels.
Broad leafed forest, mainly Alder on wetlands, with pine on sandy dry areas.
Most people only speak German (at least the standard variation without major accents). Some younger people understand and speak English, some older people might still remember a few words of Russian. Some people may still speak Low Geman dialect and Sorbian is still spoken in the south of Brandenburg.
- The main entry points to the Spreewald are Lübben, Lübbenau and Burg (Spreewald). Lübben and Lübbenau are pretty touristy but can be reached directly by train. Burg (Spreewald) is more quiet and more beautiful if you are interested in nature and canoeing. However, the latter can only be reached by car.
- By car from Berlin: Follow the A113 south out of the city. At “Schönefelder Kreuz”, continue south on the highway A13 to Dresden. Leave the A13 at the exits Lübben or Lübbenau or continue to the “Dreieck Spreewald” (junction of highways A13 and A15) and then on the A15 towards “Vetschau”. Leave the A15 at the exit “Vetschau” and continue to Burg(Spreewald).
- By train from Berlin: Take the hourly regional train RE2 from Zoologischer Garten, Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz or Ostkreuz to Lübben or Lübbenau. Some of the hotels in Burg (Spreewald) offer a pick-up service from the Vetschau railway station when you book in advance.