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Small boat in the Spreewald

Gherkin Cycle Path

Endless waterways in the Spreewald

7 Days / 6 Nights
Small boat in the Spreewald

The Spreewald is one of the most fascinating landscapes in Europe. Countless natural water arms wind through vast meadows and forests and pass through picturesque villages. Explore the beauty and uniqueness of the region up close on a bicycle! The extensive network of cycle paths and the flat routes invite you to leisurely cycling. This bike tour takes you on the Gurkenradweg through the Upper and Lower Spree Forest. From the university town of Cottbus you will cycle through the Spreewald, which is often called the "Venice of the North". The unique landscape with its dense forests around the small and large water arms of the Spreewald will inspire you. The adjacent pond landscapes invite you to individual detours from the Gurkenradweg during your bike tours.

Itinerary at a glance

Dense forests and the waterways of the Spree accompany you along the Gurkenradweg (Cucumber Cycle Path). Visit the White Stork Center in Vetschau and explore the municipality of Burg. Cottbus shines with plenty of green spaces, such as in Branitz Landscape Park.

The "green city" of Cottbus awaits your visit with the world-famous landscape park Branitz of Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, the Spreeauenpark and the zoo.

Today's cycling stage takes you to Lübbenau, where you can explore an old town worth seeing. On the way in Vetschau, a detour to the white stork center is worthwhile. In Lehde, a listed Spreewald village, you will learn interesting facts about the tradition of cucumber cultivation in Germany's unique cucumber museum. Also worthwhile is a visit to the open-air museum Lehde, which is dedicated to life in the Spreewald in the 19th century. Afterwards you cycle to Lübbenau, where a worth seeing old town awaits you.

You cycle the Gherkin cycle path from Lübbenau first to Lübben and then into the western Lower Spree Forest. A loop via Golßen finally leads you back to Lübben - today's destination. In Golßen, a stop at the farm store of the Spreewaldhof gherkin factory is worthwhile.

Experience nature and enjoy active recreation on a round trip through the Lower Spree Forest. Via Lubolz, northwest of Lübben, the trail leads you to Krausnick with its Kreuzkirche church. The nearby Wehlaberg is with 144 m height the highest elevation of the Krausnick mountains. From the wooden lookout tower you have a comprehensive panoramic view over the vastness of the Spreewald. Passing the Köthener See and Groß Wasserburg, you will finally pass various groups of ponds and reach Lübben again.

At the end of your bike tour, explore the idyllic Spree Forest community of Burg. It originated as a scattered settlement in the 6th century and represents the largest village in Germany in terms of area. Try "cottage cheese and flax oil ice cream" or "cucumber ice cream", to which we are happy to invite you in Burg.

On this stage you cycle through the Peitzer Teichlandschaft back to Cottbus. Covering 1,000 hectares, the pond area is home to numerous animal and plant species, some of which are endangered species.

Departure or extension

Route Information


This tour is mostly flat on very well maintained, mostly asphalt bike paths.

Prices & Dates

Category: 3***-hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Rental bike partner men
Men's bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Rental bike partner men
Men's bike 7/8-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality men's touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex bike 7/8-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Rental bike partner e-bike
E-bike 5 to 9-speed
with coaster brake

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • 1 entry to the Gherkin museum in Lehde
  • 2 scoops of Spreewald ice cream in Burg/Spreewald
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Cottbus train station
  • Berlin or Dresden airport

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
  • Minimum number of participants: 2
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