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It seems like I end up in the Spreewald once every summer, but never had I explored it on the water. When my team was planning a day out, I took the lead and booked some canoes. It was the last week of August and after some really hot weather, it seemed like fall was on its way. The weekend had been dreary and this morning clouds were hanging over Berlin, with about 19 degrees. But the forecast for the Spreewald looked better. So we packed layers, but also sunglasses and made our way to Lübbenau by train. While one guy explained the route to us, another put the 2 canoes in the water. We were ready to go! Close to Lübbenau we saw more canoers and kayakers leaving for a trip on the Spreewald’s waterways, but since there are so many options, it quickly spread out and at times…

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The Spreewald, episode 2: Burg’s red walking route My parents were in town and since we spent time in the city the last few times there were in Berlin, I decided to take them out to the Spreewald. Well… I asked my dad to drive us there. Last summer I spent some time exploring Lübbenau, so this time we started in Burg, at the very Eastern edge of the Spreewald. Unfortunately it’s not connected to Berlin by rail, so you have to take a train and a bus to reach it if you don’t have a car. It had been a bit of a moody week weather-wise and today it was surprisingly warm. No wonder that we weren’t the only ones in Burg. We only just found a parking spot and then joined the many cyclists, hikers and paddlers in the town center. Burg is a very small town that…

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Day 13: from Leibsch to Halbe I was the only one left in the bus when it arrived in Leibsch. I said goodbye to the storks and started my walk to Halbe. It started with a very pretty road of concrete slabs on the side of the Spree-Dahme canal. On both sides of me the grasses and flowers grew tall. I saw a few cranes flying over and an eagle was soaring in the sky. In the distance the houses and farms slowly disappeared. Today I would find many of these long straight stretches. The main attraction was the Köthener Heideseen. There are a few small lakes near the small town Köthen. They are surrounded by forest and were pretty quiet today. The only people I saw were fishermen, since there are a lot of designated fishing spots. My guidebook recommended a detour to a viewing tower if the weather…

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Day 12: Wendisch Rietz to Leibsch I had company on my walk today. My housemate decided to come along and we were lucky because my other housemate offered to pick us up at the end. Leibsch doesn’t have the best connections. In the weekend it’s not connected at all! The next 26 km took us through the forest and past lakes, deeper into the Spreewald, one of the most popular areas of Brandenburg. The Spreewald is also known as a biosphere, and we ended up having a few wildlife experiences. It started with a big snail that was making its way across our trail. A bit further we stumbled upon a meadow with Highland cows. There were even a few adorable calves. Unfortunately we scared one. It panicked and ran away from us, towards a bunch of goats. Then it got scared by the goats and jumped back and forth,…

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It seems like summer came on the first of June this year. From pretty chilly temperatures, we went to 28 degrees. What a change! And that on a Saturday! Time to go exploring. It was still quiet on the streets when I walked to the train station. However, at the train station were many people with picnic blankets and shopping bags full of supplies. High temperatures, means we all want to get out of the city and into nature. My train headed East, towards the Polish border. We passed a lot of forest and some small towns. About an hour outside of the city, I arrived in Lübbenau, a small town in the Spreewald. I followed the other people towards the old town and arrived in a fairy tale town. There was a square with some terraces and a bakery. Across from it, I walked into the tourist information to…

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