» Germany, Brandenburg: Venetian Romance and Buddhist Peace on the Sprevane River
Germany, Brandenburg: Venetian Romance and Buddhist Peace on the Sprevane River
Would you like to sail on a gondola, observe Lusatian nature, meet firefighter or mail rowing boat, taste Spreewald cucumbers, or apple pure pancakes? Then visit Spreewald.
In Brandenburg, between Dresden and Berlin the town of Lübbenau is located. It holds a unique rarity – river transportation system. You would hardly find here a car. Romantic water roads are intertwined with biospheric reservation of Spreewald , like road junctions in Prague. Here life is intertwined with nature and its inexplored corners. Perhaps this was one of the reasons behind the reservation becoming a UNESCO sight.
Fairy-tale atmosphere will inspire to rent a boat, rowing boat or pedal boat. River junctions, crossroads, and tributaries were built mostly during Friedrich II’s rule. Today, the territory has an impressive lock chamber, or weirs. We rent a boat. We are clumsy when rowing oars. Eventually, we fall out from the boat like Spreewald cucumbers from a glass. A nice guide working for the Bootsverleih Petrick boat rental commends merry Czech mood. He tells us about the Sprevane River. “The Sprevane is 380 long. Its spring is close to the German part of the Luzicke Mountains, in the town of Neugersdorf.“
There are many options what to do in your free time in any season of the year. You can relax on a rowing boat in summer. If nature rustles leaves then you will enjoy fishing carp or pikeperch in autumn. . Excellent are night boat rides while wearing warm chamois blankets. In any weather conditions, you can enjoy what remained of the Ice Age which makes these rivers veiled in Venetia-like atmosphere. Don’t you believe it? Do you think nobody comes here in winter? Well, you would hardly see here trucks dispersing road salt. Put on your skates and enjoy fantastic atmosphere.
Also, a boat ride in the Germany’s smallest village „Lehde“ of 150 people. The village floating on water boasts with riches like the Cucumber Museum, a tratidional festivl in October, or feather plucking demonstration. Large hand-made straw boards, apple tree alleys, pumpkin fences and historical mail boxes at thatch-roofed houses line the river instead of road borders.
The craft of postmanship has a unique tradition here.. Spreewald is the only territory in Europe where mail and firefighters work on boats. The postwomen sails to a mail box, and firefighters operate on boats. No road at all came here until the last century. Lusatia lived only thanks to the Sprevane.
GPS: 51°50'54.4"N 14°09'15.8"E
Text and photo: Šárka Vacková
This German capital is a town, pulsing letterally day and night. In past, Berlin was one of main seats of Fuhrer Hitler, or a town with its fixed frontier between East and West. Nevertheless, you feel the history nearly on each step.
Intercultural gardens, nude beach, sheep, birds’ singing, rusty Ferris wheel making squeaking sounds in the wind, grass on the runway of former airport – these are some of many green places in Berlin. Easy-going atmosphere is typical in Berlin. Too bad that many try to do only sightseeing without stepping in Berlin’s green.
Major reason why people travel to Berlin is its dramatic long history. WE do not necessarily mean the WWII, even though it still is a dramatic experience to walk through a hospital bunker with syringes hidden under dust, rusty beds, or to see the American eavesdrop HQ on Teufelsberg hill as we mentioned it the last time.
For we have experience with overcrowded Christmas market in Dresden or Wien, this time we decided to try some less known cities in Germany - Görlitz and Bautzen. I recommend this trip because everything will exceed your expectation. Both cities are close to the border with the Czech Republic. We started in Mlada Boleslav. It took us less than 2 hours to reach downtown Görlitz. Bautzen is only 40 minutes by car further. You can park your car there easily and the Christmas market gets crowded only in the evening.
Beer. A world-spread beverage yet not all the same everywehre. Do you also like having a cold one at your favorite place? What if you go somewhere further than just to the nearest place? Yes, we talk about world's largest beer festival - Oktoberfest.
So let’s continue in our story where we have left it. We return to Bad Füssing thermal spa. We have seen some of what it has to offer but what else is there to do? You shouldn’t miss a walk in pretty vast and beautiful spa park. There are many flowerbeds which fit together really nicely. The colors will allure your sight. Moreover, there are benches, fountains, and silent nooks – simply a perfect place to relax.
Berlin has become a center of art in Europe. It is a place where strong alternative culture has grown and is still growing. Its “tourist” side I know well already. I decided to see places where an ordinary tourist doesn’t go. Places with “vibe” and something interesting is happening there.
Saxony is an area with rich history, beautiful cities, precious collections in museums, or famous cultural enterprises. The cultural wealth of the Free State of Saxony, one of Germany's 16 federal states, holds the status of leader in the field of tourism.
In the first article on the Free State of Saxony, we showed you the beautiful and fascinating history of Dresden, Leipzig and Pirna. We will continue in today's article, where we introduce you, although smaller, but more beautiful city or town that tourists sought the frontier region full of breathtaking nature, kind-hearted and hospitable people and excellent cuisine.
In the third part of our series of fascinating Saxon we introduce you town of Zwickau, well-known thanks for composer Robert Schumann, we take you to the town of miners Annaberg - Buchholz or try to entice you to visit the city "semi-precious stones and silver" to Freiberg.
In the last part of our series of fascinated history and nature of the country called Saxony, the city will introduce an important representative of Enlightenment Lessing, we stop in the town of Bautzen tower and finish our journey in Zittau.
An icing on top of our journey in Thuringia is Weimar – a city with unimaginable rich cultural heritage. It lies on the River Inn, exactly in the center, that connects Erfurt and Jena.
Jena is the second largest Thuringian city. It lies on the River Saale about 50 kilometers east from Erfurt. It is an industrial city from time immemorial and it is world famous for its production of glass.
An ancient city that is today the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia. Its history originally as oppidum of the Ubi, a Germanic tribe. During the first century AD when the Roman Empire expanded its border, the settlement became part of the Roman province of Germania Inferior and the settlement got a new Latin name of Colonia and became the capital of the province.
In recent times Czechs more and more often visit Dresden. The second largest Saxon city that is w...