Romantic and wild, streaked by endless waterways or sparse and rough, where coal mining has left its marks. Lower Lusatia, this inconspicuous region in the east of Germany, is full of contrasts. Hiking along the water streams, you'll frequently come by old mills, like in the enchanted nature park of Schlaubetal. There are many culture-historical sites to discover, too, like the Slawenburg and Branitzer Park. No matter the season, Lower Lusatia is always worth a visit and with these nine handpicked highlights you are ready for a short escape from reality.
This exciting park, designed by Prince Pückler-Muskau, covers an area of 100 hectares. So, about 200 football fields would fit in! Odd mountains and pyramids rise between landscaped gardens. The Baroque Castle houses a collection of paintings by Carl Blechen and the Fürst Pückler Museum. Incidentally, the prince and his wife have chosen the water pyramid as the final resting place.
From May to October you can always invite your loved ones for a gondola ride on the first Sunday of Monday. The rides start on the flower lake and then lead on the artificial waterways through the park.
The landscape park is rightly since 2004 to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
Quaint and secluded, the former fort house lies in the middle of the forest on the shores of Lake Hammersee. In the former forester's lodge you will find today an inn where you can spend the night. In the morning you will be awakened by the call of the jay and the sound of woodpeckers.
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About Luebbenau you get very good with the public transport to Raddusch. There you can look at the bush mill before you then walk to the Slawenburg Raddusch about 30 minutes on foot.
The Slavic castle was destroyed and rebuilt at least three times. It offered the villagers and the cattle protection from attackers. In there was a well and supplies were stored inside the wall for siege times, which could provide the seekers for up to four weeks.
To see the Slavic Castle from the inside, and the museum in the rampart wall, you have to pay admission.
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The opencast mining in the Lower Lusatia have already fallen victim to several villages. For some it means relocation and for the others a job. If you have the opportunity to take an aerial view, you get an impression of the gigantic dimensions of the mining areas.
To take a look for yourself, you can e.g. Take the bus line 886 from Spremberg to Welzow. From the station you have to walk about half an hour on foot to open pit. Another good vantage point is coming from Neupetershain.
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The Schlaubetal lives up to its reputation. The Schlaube transforms this valley with its shades of green and blue into an enchanted fairytale forest. Away from the asphalt, you walk here on leaf-covered paths, sandy forest paths and past moss-covered banks. A dream best enjoyed in late summer / autumn.
The "Bremsdorfer Mühle" is a good start and end point for hikes in the Schlaubetal. She herself is turned into a quaint restaurant, where you get super delicious hearty dishes and home-baked cakes. In addition, you can spend the night in the modern youth hostel.
The forest around it is very natural and some sections are created as a nature trail.