Waterways and Cranes
Burg Spreewald Travel Blog› entry 3 of 9 › view all entries
We cross the Czech/German border and drive on to the town of Burg in Spreewald. The Spreewald or Spree Forest has been a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1991. It includes low-lying areas in which the river Spree meanders in thousands of small waterways through meadows and forests.
It is a beautiful, unique landscape about one hour south of Berlin and well worth a day trip or a weekend trip to relax from the buzzing city life. Besides its beautiful nature, the Spreewald is home to one of the two recognized minorities in Germany, the Sorbs with their unique culture.
We check into our small cosy hotel and decide to rent some bicycles to explore the beautiful and flat countryside. The Cranes have had thier young for the year and we see several nests with the youngstrs exercising their wings ready for fledging time.
We also take a boat ride among the many waterways after our bicycle exursions and visit a local market.The area is famous for it's pickles and ghurkins and there are stall after stall of them for sale.
We have dinner in a converted railway station with a unique way of serving the local beer. A small train winds it's way past the tables laden with the local pilsner a welcome drop after a beautiful day.