It feels like entering a village that exists only in fairy tales, beautiful and green all around with the sounds of birds all the way. This is how a well-preserved nature should look like.
This village is located in Spreewald, 1 of only 18 biosphere reserves in Germany. The video was made in June 2020.
It can be reached with the train from Berlin (around 1 hour), here is more info about Spreewald
Best Time To Visit Spreewald
The best time to visit Spreewald would be in the springtime where the skies are blue and clear, and the plantation is blossoming. At this time you will be able to see the landscape in full blossom.
How to Get There
You can get to Lubbenau/Spreewald by car or train.
If you are coming by car from Berlin, then you can reach Lubbenau using highway A13 and exit 9 Lubbenau. Or you can continue to the junction of A13 and A15, and then continue down the A15 towards Vetschau. Once you exit the A15 at the Vetschau exit, you can continue to Burg (Spreewald).
You can get to Lubbenau by taking the regional express or regional train from the main station in Berlin (Hauptbahnhof). Trains run hourly and will take you right into Lubbenau. Some hotels in the Spreewald area will have a hotel transfer service from the railway station if you book in advance. Alternatively, you could hire a taxi to get you there.
How To Get Around
Lubbenau doesn’t have any public transport to speak of, so you will need to hire a bicycle, car or take a taxi to get around. Also, parts of Spreewald are only accessible by foot or by boat.
Things to See and Do in Spreewald
1. Take A “Punt’ Tour (Guided Boat Tour)
Taking a guided boat tour throughout the labyrinth of waterways in Spreewald will let you enjoy the natural spectacles and landscape of the area. The classical ‘punt’ tours are named as such because the method of moving the boat requires a ‘punt’ in the water similar to the gondolas in Venice.
The punt tours begin at the end of March and continue until the end of October, running daily from 10 am. The most famous tour is the one to Spreewald village Lehde and takes approximately 1 and a half to 3 hours.
2. Paddle Around in a Canoe
If you are the adventurous type, you can rent your own kayak or canoe to explore the 500 kilometres of waterways in Spreewald. Tours can last for one to several days depending on your preferences. If you are staying longer than one day, there are camping facilities for you to use as well.
3. Take A Walking Tour to Discover the Nature of the Biosphere Reserve
A walking tour is a perfect way to see the fauna and flora of the nature park at a close range. Recommended tour destinations within Spreewald are lagoon village Lehde, fisher village Leipe and Alder island Wotschovska.
The knowledgeable park rangers of the biosphere reserve offer nature tours on a regular basis, or you can also book guided walking tours with other experienced tour guides. Tip: You can get walking guides and maps from the tourist information centre called, “Schlossberghof”.
If you are interested in fishing, there are fishing tours available in Spreewald. Fishing is legal for anyone over the age of eight, and you can use 2 coarse fishing rods without having a fishing licence. However, you’ll need the following three things:
5. Visit The Many Museums and Galleries in Spreewald
Visiting the many museums and galleries throughout Spreewald allows you to discover the cultural and historical characteristics of the area. You can visit them yourselves, or go on a guided tour which starts at the Spreewald tourist information centre.
The Spreewald museum allows you to go back in time and see what the shops looked like in Spreewald over 100 years ago. You can also see the Spreewald train which is a steam locomotive train.
The open-air museum (Freilandmuseum Lehde) shows you the lifestyles of the German and Sorbian residents from the 19th century. Here you can see Sorbian costumes, taste the local delicacies and look at the reed-covered blockhouses.
Spreewald is home to Germany’s only gherkin museum and it shows you the cultivation process of cucumbers. You can also taste fresh Spreewald pickles.
Finally, the “Haus fur Mensch und Natur” is both an information centre and interactive exhibition about the Spreewald Biosphere reserve. Here you’ll learn about how Spreewald was formed and about its conservation today.
6. Pamper Yourself At the Many Spas And Wellness Centres
Have a relaxing session at the Spreewald Therme (spa). The facility offers massage, sauna as well as swimming pools for your relaxation. There is also a fitness centre for those inclined.
Wellness at the castle of Lubbenau is another wellness centre to visit. Located within the castle’s vault you will find the services of a steam bath, sauna, massage room and different wellness treatments for your relaxation.