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Lübbenau: Brandenburg’s Marvel in the Spree Forest

From Berlin, racing down the Autobahn some 80 kilometers (50 miles) will take the sophisticated tourist to Lübbenau, one of Brandenburg’s many picturesque spots. Down here it is all about channels, boats and pickles.

Lübbenau dates back to the year 1301. Scripts from back then mention it as a castle. In the past 700 years, it has been converted to a beautiful tourist destination. The historic center of this town with 16,000 inhabitants is surrounded by nice gardens and little channels.

Located in a large park, Lübbenau Palace was completed in 1820. Graf zu Lynar, an officer in Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht, lived here. A plaque on the palace commemorates him because of his role in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on July 20th, 1944, for which he was executed on September 29th of the same year.

Numerous Jews lived in Lübbenau and the Niederlausitz region it belongs to. Many of them were murdered in Nazi Germany’s concentration camps or committed suicide before they were deported. Others managed to flee to Palestine or elsewhere in the world. Sylvia Kolley did a lot of research on Jews from the region and listed many names on a website (in German) dedicated to them.

The communist leadership of the GDR turned Lübbenau into an industrial town and erected some of those typical apartment blocks found all over Eastern Europe. After Germany’s reunification, tourism became the core of what the town offered, and still does. Because of its quietude and nature, Lübbenau is an official resort.

The palace, which was refurbished some 15 years ago, accommodates an expensive hotel today. Right now, in early April of 2015, part of the building is being refurbished again. The Orangerie, a side building which was used to keep sensitive plants in winter, is now a café and restaurant.

Pickles from Lübbenau are famous in Germany and abroad. The town reminds visitors of its specialty with pride and sells them at the tourist information office in the town center.

Other than that, it is all about boat rides through Lübbenau’s little channels and the rivers in the region. Boat rental places on site offer it all. They have kayaks, canoes and similar rowing boats for one to five passengers. Those can be rented by the hour or for big tours lasting several days. Some rentals in Lübbenau even offer kayak tours to Berlin.

Lots of gondola-style tubs with tables provide more lazy visitors with the opportunity of drinking while a capable gondola captain moves the boat through the channels. Getting drunk on the water is not a problem in Lübbenau.

On April 6th, 2019, a Saturday morning, it was sunny in Berlin, but cloudy and foggy in Lübbenau, a wonderful spot which should be visited on warm spring and summer days.

Our video report from Lübbenau is available at the top of this page.