Hot Water Below Brings Pleasures Above in Germany

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The nine pools, from 64 to 100 degrees, at Spreewaldtherme in the town of Burg are fed by a hot spring tapped about 10 years ago.
The nine pools, from 64 to 100 degrees, at Spreewaldtherme in the town of Burg are fed by a hot spring tapped about 10 years ago.

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ABOUT 55 miles southeast of Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide), the gentle landscape of Brandenburg unfolds: a patchwork of forests and flax fields. Like other parts of rural Germany, villages in this eastern state pop up every few miles. But here, distinctive flat boats float in river harbors. Country roads, lined with tall trees, cut through cucumber farms and marshes.

This is the Spreewald (Spree Forest in German), a region near the German-Polish border where the River Spree turns into an inland delta, with miles of shallow rivulets flowing through the countryside. In 1991, Unesco designated the 105,000 acres of the Spreewald a Unesco biosphere reserve, assuring the preservation of the forests, wildlife and canals that have long made it a popular attraction for domestic travelers.

But it turns out that one of region’s greatest treasures lies underfoot: a hot spring discovered in the Spreewald more than a decade ago sits about 4,400 feet below ground, with minerals and salts at levels similar to those in the Dead Sea. When the Spreewald hot spring became accessible to the public in 2005, Brandenburg named Burg, a sprawling rural community of 4,500 in which the waters were discovered, a kurort, or a certified spa destination.

For more information about the Spreewald hot springs, see [ source: nytimes.com ]



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