Water touring on the River Spree: from Cottbus to Burg (Spreewald)

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The historic Spreewehrmühle was built as long ago as 1797 as an oil and barley mill and can be visited by appointment: it now also houses a restaurant for day-trippers. Boat lanes and low weirs lend a touch of sporty flair to this tour into the Spreewald. Crossing the Spree floodplain is a particularly fascinating experience – however, some skill and ability is required here since the current in this section is quite fast and the River Spree is also fairly wide. After you have passed through two boat lanes, you reach Maiberg and the Laßzinswiesen. This open stretch of barely intersected wetland is a protected site. With a little luck you might come across water buffaloes. Tarpans live here – re-bred primeval horses – as do aurochs. Then German spelling of this animal with an “x”(Aueroxen) is intentional: it reflects the fact that they have in fact been re-bred to come as close as possible to the primeval cattle species. At the end of the tour you will reach the magical town of Burg set in the heart of the Spreewald. Here you will find a good selection of restaurants and shops – the perfect place to relax after your trip.
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  • Technisches Denkmal Spreewehrmühle, Foto: R.Müller
  • Aueroxen in der Spreeaue, Foto: LEAG
  • Bootsgasse auf der Spree, Foto: B.Sturtz
  • PÖaddeln auf der Spree, Foto: CMT Cottbus
  • Bootsgasse auf der Spree, Foto: B.Sturtz
Please note:

Low weirs:

A low weir is a structure that runs at right angles to the direction of flow of a river so as to prevent deep erosion. Low weirs usually consist of stone fills: they should be inspected carefully before passing over them in a boat. Even beginners can tackle low weirs providing the canoe can be steered in the desired direction. Get the canoe up to an appropriate speed, bring up the rudder and enter the low weir facing straight ahead. It is best to hold the paddle lengthwise. Some water may spill into the canoe when passing through a low weir.

Boat lanes:

A boat lane is a passage for boats, canoes or rafts to bridge the difference in level between the upper and lower water in a body of running water parallel to a barrage without a lock system. As soon as the boat is caught by the suction of the draining water, remove the paddles from the water and make sure they don’t get caught anywhere, preferably by holding them out lengthwise or else crosswise extended upwards. The boat will be held in the middle of the lane by the swirling water, so no counter-steering is necessary.

Price includes:

Enquiries regarding tour planning and overnight stays at the boathouse can be sent to the following e-mail address: esv_cottbus_kanu@gmx.de. Spreehafen Burg offers boat rentals/boat transport and a return service.

Start/finish: Spreewehrmühle Cottbus
Length of tour: approximately 23 kilometres
Direction: downstream of the River Spree
Directions to and from Cottbus:

Public transport: take the RE 2 from Berlin or the RB 65 from Zittau/Görlitz to Cottbus central station

Car: from Spreewald junction A15 as far as the exits Cottbus-West and Cottbus-Süd
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The historic Spreewehrmühle was built as long ago as 1797 as an oil and barley mill and can be visited by appointment: it now also houses a restaurant for day-trippers. Boat lanes and low weirs lend a touch of sporty flair to this tour into the Spreewald. Crossing the Spree floodplain is a particularly fascinating experience – however, some skill and ability is required here since the current in this section is quite fast and the River Spree is also fairly wide. After you have passed through two boat lanes, you reach Maiberg and the Laßzinswiesen. This open stretch of barely intersected wetland is a protected site. With a little luck you might come across water buffaloes. Tarpans live here – re-bred primeval horses – as do aurochs. Then German spelling of this animal with an “x”(Aueroxen) is intentional: it reflects the fact that they have in fact been re-bred to come as close as possible to the primeval cattle species. At the end of the tour you will reach the magical town of Burg set in the heart of the Spreewald. Here you will find a good selection of restaurants and shops – the perfect place to relax after your trip.
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  • Technisches Denkmal Spreewehrmühle, Foto: R.Müller
  • Aueroxen in der Spreeaue, Foto: LEAG
  • Bootsgasse auf der Spree, Foto: B.Sturtz
  • PÖaddeln auf der Spree, Foto: CMT Cottbus
Please note:

Low weirs:

A low weir is a structure that runs at right angles to the direction of flow of a river so as to prevent deep erosion. Low weirs usually consist of stone fills: they should be inspected carefully before passing over them in a boat. Even beginners can tackle low weirs providing the canoe can be steered in the desired direction. Get the canoe up to an appropriate speed, bring up the rudder and enter the low weir facing straight ahead. It is best to hold the paddle lengthwise. Some water may spill into the canoe when passing through a low weir.

Boat lanes:

A boat lane is a passage for boats, canoes or rafts to bridge the difference in level between the upper and lower water in a body of running water parallel to a barrage without a lock system. As soon as the boat is caught by the suction of the draining water, remove the paddles from the water and make sure they don’t get caught anywhere, preferably by holding them out lengthwise or else crosswise extended upwards. The boat will be held in the middle of the lane by the swirling water, so no counter-steering is necessary.

Price includes:

Enquiries regarding tour planning and overnight stays at the boathouse can be sent to the following e-mail address: esv_cottbus_kanu@gmx.de. Spreehafen Burg offers boat rentals/boat transport and a return service.

Start/finish: Spreewehrmühle Cottbus
Length of tour: approximately 23 kilometres
Direction: downstream of the River Spree
Directions to and from Cottbus:

Public transport: take the RE 2 from Berlin or the RB 65 from Zittau/Görlitz to Cottbus central station

Car: from Spreewald junction A15 as far as the exits Cottbus-West and Cottbus-Süd
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