Lübbenau – Canal Capital
Posted on July 5, 2015
The Spreewald is a special landscape in Germany, carved out and filled in by glaciers from the last ice age and now protected by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Within the reserve are 800 miles of canals, about half of them manmade over the eons. It is largely settled by descendants of two slavic tribes – Sorbs and Wends. They have their own language which is one of four official languages in Germany. Today tourism is the major industry.
We were there to enjoy a boat ride along the canals. These flat bottom boats are propelled by a man using a long pole to push the boat along. They are noiseless and glide quietly along the canals with the greatest of ease.
At last we came to our own lunch locale. You might think we were captive customers and would be served slop at high prices. But no, this never happens, at least wherever we have been.
After lunch we pass a number of traditional houses and small farms.
We get back to town in time to take a walk to the neighboring village, a few kilometers away in the forest.
We did spend another day in Lübbenau and got a good look around.
We passed an interesting metal sculpture by the church, a fountain with figures depicting local legends.
Why, of course, we are ready for lunch. It wasn’t hard at all to fine an attractive place.
Oh, I almost forgot. We stayed in a new place out in the country surrounded by cucumber farms. We kinda got to know where pickles come from, the regional specialty.
I don’t have a good ending photo except for this traditional log cabin and roof design, so typical of the Spreewald.
We thought the pickles were the very best.