Canoeing on River Spree

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Canoeing on River Spree
Canoeing on River Spree

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Beloved by day trippers from Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide), the Spreewald offers the most scenic opportunities for canoeing on the River Spree. Here in this area, located 100 kilometers southeast of Berlin in the state of Brandenburg, the green and watery world of the Spreewald is a unique landscape unlike any other in Germany. The River Spree divides into about 200 small tributaries in this marshland landscape, totaling a length of 1,300 kilometers in an area of 187 square miles. The river branches naturally here, but the addition of manmade channels has increased the number of waterways. To protect this exceptional landscape, UNESCO designated the Spreewald as a biosphere reserve in 1991, shortly after German reunification. About 50,000 people live in the biosphere, most of whom are Lower Sorbs, an endangered Slavic minority group that has lived in this region for many centuries.

Although one can experience this popular waterway any number of ways, canoeing on the River Spree is particularly enjoyable. Canoes can be rented at several towns in the Spreewald, depending on where you would like to begin your adventure: Luebben, Luebbenau, Burg, or Schlepzig. Although there are usually enough boats to go around, it is advised that you make an early reservation for your boats around any state holidays. If you have children with you, swim vests are also available at the boat rental businesses.

Approximately 500 kilometers of waters are considered ideal for canoeing on the River Spree. Make sure that you have selected your route before departing. Maps are available for purchase in the Spreewald towns, but others are downloadable off of a variety of websites. The recommended routes usually start and end at Burg, Luebben, or Luebbenau, and they range from low-key 6-kilometer routes to more strenuous multi-day routes up to 100 kilometers.

The Spreewald offers a variety of places to stay, if you wish to have a more extended visit: hotels, pensions, vacation houses, vacation apartments, flats, and vacation rooms. Of particular interest to canoeists are the camping places around the Spreewald, many of which are directly on the water. These places offer playgrounds for children, docks for boats, fire pits, saunas, restaurants, beach volleyball courts, kitchen facilities, and rental cottages and apartments - everything you need to make your next trip to the watery world of the Spreewald truly memorable.

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Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).

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