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Along Germany’s River Spree from mouth to source

Frank Meyer

Along Germany’s River Spree from mouth to source

Hiking Collection by Frank Meyer

16

Tours

114:47 h

278 mi

4,725 ft

I spent a long time planning this project due to the often remote start and end points. The exact planning became a critical puzzle for me to solve because, from the beginning, the ability to walk the route again was an important aspect.

I was amazed at the great variety of landscapes and also the numerous shapes and forms of the River Spree over its almost 400 kilometres (259 mi) length. Some of the stages in Brandenburg were already very familiar to me, but others were a wonderful surprise and sparked new hiking ideas. Again and again, I came across sections that had been rewilded or those that are currently in the process.

You can hike this route however you like but it makes sense to divide into two large blocks: north of the Bautzen dam and south of it. In Upper Lusatia, the river's wonderful rocky passages and the hilly terrain define the character of this low mountain range.

I can definitely recommend this adventure, but for some stages (Taubenheim and Kossenblatt) it certainly makes sense to combine them with overnight stays rather than completing them as individual day Tours due to the accessibility.

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Entlang der Spree von der Mündung bis zur Quelle

258 mi

5,875 ft

4,675 ft

Last updated: December 3, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Entlang der Spree von der Mündung bis zur Quelle : Etappe Haselhorst - Bellevue (U-Haselhorst - S-Bellevue)

    04:53
    11.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft

    ... The start of my annual project for 2021 today, the hike along the Spree from the mouth to the source. In contrast to the Havel project in 2018, I decided to go in this direction because the beginning is practically on my doorstep. I already know many sections of the Spree in Brandenburg, which is

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  • 04:24
    10.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft

    ... today, because of the very bad weather, I completed the 'inner-city' Spree stage, for the umpteenth time but today with a focus more on details and taking into account new 'secret routes' close to the Spree.

    

    For the first time today I followed the Spree a little further behind the Josetti-Höfe to

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  • 07:09
    17.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft

    ... the last stage with persistent rain and snow showers today along the Spree in the Berlin urban area, which again largely followed the 'Spreeweg' (Green Main Path No. 1 of the Berlin Senate Administration). Nevertheless, I think that the course of my tour included even more opportunities to get closer

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  • 06:49
    16.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    250 ft

    ... today I have already completed the second stage of the Spree project and it has been clear for a long time that I would prefer this route along the natural 'Müggelspree' relatively far. I knew the beginning and the end beforehand, but the middle section had interested me for a long time. I already

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  • 06:09
    15.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    175 ft

    ... today my first long working day tour this year, again a stage along the Spree, this time between Hangelsberg and Berkenbrück.

    

    Anyone who knows the 66-lake hiking trail between Hangelsberg and Fürstenwalde will probably have bad memories of it there, as one is usually forced, due to the lack of alternative

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  • 08:27
    20.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    250 ft

    ... I completed the next stage of the Spree project today, from Oegeln near Beeskow to Berkenbrück. It was very, very nice, only the snow was annoying ... just kidding ;-)

    

    Today I was astonished by the high proportion of forest along the route, I especially liked the first twelve kilometers to Raßmannsdorf

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  • 07:45
    18.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft

    ... today I completed the last open stage of the Spree project between Berlin and Cottbus, from Kossenblatt to Oegeln near Beeskow. Anyway, Kossenblatt can only be reached by bus on working days after a long journey, because of the school holidays I had to order the on-call bus this time, but it worked

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  • 06:08
    14.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    275 ft

    ... today another shorter stage of the Spree project, which, however, was quite time-consuming in terms of arrival and departure. On the way there I read Fontane about his arduous trip to Schloss Kossenblatt, today it took me almost three hours myself ... and that was the best possible and fastest connection

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  • 05:54
    14.5 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft

    ... today my next stage of the Spree project, this time in very cloudy weather through the Unterspreewald between Leibsch and Lübben. Actually, I wanted to experiment a little between Leibsch and Schlepzig, but all forest paths there are closed to pedestrians from the beginning of February to the end

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  • 07:19
    17.9 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft

    ... today I was on another stage of my Spree project, through the central Spreewald from Burg via Leipe and Lübbenau to Lübben. This time I was accompanied by Burkhard, for whom this joint tour marked the start of his own Spree project this year.

    

    In terms of the route, we decided to accompany the course

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  • 08:07
    19.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    125 ft

    ... today I have already completed my tenth stage of the Spree project in perfect hiking weather, this time it went out of the Oberspreewald and into the Niederlausitz. In principle, I already knew the sections of the route from previous tours, which is why I made a spontaneous decision and hiked the

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  • 08:13
    19.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    450 ft

    ... and I completed the next stage of the Spree project today, from Spremberg to Cottbus, after seeing yesterday evening that very good weather could be expected in the southeast of Brandenburg. So I went to the train in Berlin early in the morning in the rain and started in Spremberg with blue skies

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  • 09:29
    23.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft

    ... today after a long journey I continued with the Spree project, finally I arrived in Saxony. I hiked the stage 'into Brandenburg' in order to be able to return relatively quickly from Spremberg to Berlin after the tour.

    

    The very long tour along the often canalised and artificial looking 'Ocher-Spree

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  • 08:59
    21.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    550 ft
    300 ft

    ... today the next stage of my Spree project, in the Saxon Lausitz from Uhyst to Bautzen. The route was quite varied and varied, apart perhaps from the rather monotonous and long pine forest sections at the beginning on the edge of the biosphere reserve, where I rarely got to see the Spree.

    

    Otherwise

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  • 07:46
    18.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    650 ft
    325 ft

    ... today I hiked the first part of the big 'Spreeprojekt-Finale', tomorrow the second part will follow. Since it made sense in that case due to the long journey, I stay just a few meters from the Spree in a guesthouse in Taubenheim.

    

    The stage from Bautzen to Taubenheim really struck me with its partly

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  • 07:14
    17.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    800 ft
    500 ft

    ... today I hiked the last stage of the Spree project, including the three springs, which are located in the urban area of Ebersbach-Neugersdorf and on the Kottmar mountain. The best known source is probably the one on the mountain, I also found the other two with their cast iron surrounds also worth

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    278 mi
  • Duration
    114:47 h
  • Elevation
    4,725 ft

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