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On the hunt for gherkins in the Spreewald – Gherkin bike path

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On the hunt for gherkins in the Spreewald – Gherkin bike path

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah

5

Tours

15:49 h

166 mi

2,175 ft

Get ready to track down the Spreewald gherkin on the 260-kilometre (161-mile) Gherkin bike path (Gurkenradweg) through the Spreewald forest in north-east Germany. On the way, you ride through the UNESCO biosphere reserve, picturesque floodplains, quaint Spreewald villages, and interesting cultural sites. Of course, you will also have plenty of opportunities to try the Spreewald gherkin, a traditionally pickled cucumber from Brandenburg that can be eaten with mustard, pepper, garlic, honey mustard, horseradish, or chili. If your mouth is already watering then hop on your bike and start tracking down the gherkin through the Spreewald.

The Gherkin bike path runs from the town of Lübben in three circular loops. On the first circular, you ride eastwards through the Spreewald to the towns of Lübbenau and Burg and on to the cultural city of Cottbus. From here, you cycle back westwards through wonderful pond landscapes, completing the circle in the towns of Burg and Lübben. The north trail takes you through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the typical Spreewald town of Schlepzig, and past picturesque swimming lakes. The final loop heads west to the town of Golßen, where the traditional Spreewald Gurkentag (cucumber day) takes place each August.

The cycle path is signposted with a friendly, cycling gherkin which you can also find on the label of the special gherkin Radler drink at Kirchers Brauhaus (brewery). If you can’t get enough of this pickled cucumber, then you should definitely try this drink! However, this Tour is not just for gherkin lovers. Aside from stunning landscapes, you can also try other local delicacies in the Spreewald such as jacket potatoes with freshly pressed linseed oil and curd and carp that is freshly caught from nearby lakes. There are plenty of delicious things to spoil yourself with after your ride.

This Collection guides you along the Gherkin bike path in five stages. With just one exception, the Tour is flat the entire way, making it ideal for families and older cyclists. Ranging in length from 45 to 60 kilometres (27 to 37 miles), the routes are quite physically challenging. Of course, it’s up to you whether you ride all of the stages at once or just complete one leg.

From Lübben, you can choose to just do one of the circulars as a day trip. Or, you can cycle from Lübben to Cottbus on a weekend trip with an overnight stay. If you are planning a longer holiday in Brandenburg, then you can combine this route with the Tour Brandenburg or the Spree Cycle Route. This way, you can tailor the Gherkin bike path to suit your own travel plans.

You can always find overnight accommodation at the stage destinations, but it’s a good idea to book in advance, especially in the smaller towns. You can travel to the cycle path by train via Lübben, Lübbenau, Cottbus, or Vetschau. These towns have excellent regional train connections to Berlin and the rest of Brandenburg. So grab your bike, get on the train and look forward to 'cucumbering' around in the Spreewald.

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Gurkenradweg

165 mi

2,175 ft

2,175 ft

Last updated: November 23, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:43
    38.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    425 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today your tour starts on the trail of the cucumber. The first stage takes you about 60 kilometers from the resort of Lübben to the university town of Cottbus. The starting point is the Lübben train station in the Spreewald, which is easy to reach from Berlin and Brandenburg. From here you cycle through

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    28.3 mi
    10.6 mph
    250 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of the Gurkenradweg takes you around 45 kilometers in a loop back to the Spreewald-typical spa town of Burg. A wonderful riverside cycle path leads out of Cottbus. You will soon reach the Peitzer pond landscape at Hammergraben, where the route leads you through the middle. The ponds

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  • Intermediate
    02:50
    29.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    250 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the third stage you cycle almost 50 kilometers back towards Lübben and along the Innerer Spreewald nature reserve to the traditional Spreewald village of Schlepzig. First you drive back to the Bismarck Tower, but this time the route leads you around to the left.

    

    The path leads you along quiet village

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    33.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    825 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth stage takes you in a large arc to the north, past several charming lakes and ends in the village of Krausnick, nestled between Spreewaldwiesen and hills. The tour is almost 55 kilometers long and you can look forward to the ascent of the Wehlaberges shortly before your stage destination, the

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    36.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today you start your last stage on the cucumber cycle path, which leads about 58 kilometers in a large loop over Golßen through western Lower Lusatia and ends at the train station in Lübben. It starts on a wonderful, long bike ride through the forest. In Groß Lubolz you reach one of the junctions where

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    166 mi
  • Duration
    15:49 h
  • Elevation
    2,175 ft

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