Long-distance routes and tour tips
The three sources of the Spree river are located in Upper Lusatia in Saxony. From here, the premium cycle route awarded four stars by the German Cyclists’ Federation follows the course of the river into Berlin.
After some hilly stretches as far as Bautzen, cyclists welcome the opportunity to stop for a break in this over 1,000-year-old town, and perhaps explore Ortenburg Castle and the old quarter. In good weather, people head straight for the beach at the Spremberg reservoir. The Lusatian town of Cottbus was once home to Prince Pückler. Branitz Park, laid out in the English style, was one of his creations. Soon after, you come to the Spree Forest biosphere reserve with its magnificent landscape around the many branches of the river. On the final leg to Berlin, you pass Beeskow’s moated castle and Fürstenwalde cathedral.
Terrain: predominantly on asphalt paths; traffic volumes are low; hilly stretches as far as Bautzen, then mainly flat.
Scenery: riverside route through riverbank meadows and the Spree Forest, with many branches of the river Spree spanned by little bridges. Small villages with traditional rural houses.