Exploring Brandenburg: A day out at the Spreewald

I grew up in Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg.

And until recently, I never considered some of the places in Brandenburg might be destinations. Like visiting concentration camp Sachsenhausen (oh-so-many school excursions…), biking around the woodlands of Straußberg just south of Berlin (another school excursion), or school camp at Buckow Lake.

Then came the day when I took the husband back home with me for the first time, and I suddenly started thinking about familiar places differently.

One of these is the UNESCO biosphere reserve Spreewald, an easy day out if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Berlin.

The Spreewald Region

The Spreewald (literally ‘Spree forest’, Spree being the river that flows through Berlin) is really not that far from Berlin. Seeing some of the Spreewald is easily doable as a day trip but staying in the area for a day or two would be even nicer and give you more time to explore.

So… what is the Spreewald?

Think of the Spreewald as a large nature reserve interlaced by canals and channels with residential housing, holiday waterfront properties, and historic towns and villages.

How to Get to the Spreewald

Since it’s only some 100km south of Berlin, you can be in the Spreewald region within just over an hour.

If coming by car, take xxx to Lübbenau or ….



Popular Things to Do at the Spreewald

While you can engage in lots of outdoors-y things in the Spreewald, there’s also plenty for the history lover.






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