The Spreewald Forest: Perfect for the Silver Screen

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Shooting of the detective films ‘Spreewaldkrimis’ has been taking place in the original location since 2006. The naturally mystical meadow and wetland scenery of Spreewald Forest with its many streams, is unique in Germany and it captivates visitors time and time again. The landscape of this unparalleled inland delta that is part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve, is part of the ZDF production’s brand image. The stories are just as intricate as the network of Spree streams. Regional peculiarities also feature in the ‘Spreewaldkrimi’ episodes.
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  • Mystische Kahnfahrt im Spreewald, Foto: Peter Becker
  • Nächtlich beleuchteter Holzsteg über ein Fließ in Lübbenau, Foto: Peter Becker
  • Hauptdarsteller Christian Redl am Set, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv / Steffen Lehmann
  • Kommissar Thorsten Krüger (Christian Redl, links), Dr. Kappler (Katja Studt) und Polizist Fichte (Thorsten Merten) ermitteln in der ZDF-Reihe Spreewaldkrimi auf einem der Fließe bei Lübbenau, Foto: ZDF / Nicolas Maack
  • Kommissar Krüger (gespielt von Christian Redl) in der Folge „Die Tote im Weiher“ ermittelt in der ZDF-Reihe Spreewaldkrimi, Foto: ZDF / Hardy Spitz
  • Spreewaldkrimi, Folge „Die Tränen der Fische“: Das SEK nähert sich dem Haus, in dem der Mörder vermutet wird, Foto: ZDF / Nicolas Maack
  • Spreewaldkrimi, Folge „Mörderische Hitze“: Szene der Hochzeit von Irene (gespielt von Christina Große, Mitte), Foto: ZDF / Hardy Spitz
  • Darteller Dadid Kross im Film "Der Vorleser", Foto: Melinda Sue Gordon
  • Darstellerinnen Hannah Herzsprung und Monica Bleibtreu im Musik-Drama "Vier Minuten", Foto: Kordes & Kordes
  • Fließe statt Straße: ein typisches Spreewaldhaus bei Lübbenau, Foto: Peter Becker
Shooting locations include Burg im Spreewald, the town Lübben, the traditional inn Wotschofska in the Hochland woodland that is surrounded by streams, and the town Lübbenau. The town is home to a castle where guests can even stay overnight. It goes without saying that visitors to Spreewald Forest can also opt to simply enjoy the incredible landscape by bike, punt or canoe.

In addition to the detective films, a few scenes of the feature film ‘Four Minutes’ were shot on Kasel-Golzig Castle on the edge of Spreewald Forest near Lübben, a few years ago. Hannah Herzsprung and Richy Müller played leading parts in the 2004 drama. The team of the German-American production ‘The Reader’ from 2008, featuring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes and David Kross, also came to Spreewald Forest. They shot a few scenes at the prison in Luckau-Duben.

Spreewaldkrimi
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Description: Inspector Krüger (Christian Redl) is in charge of the Spreewald region in Brandenburg. His cases are often linked to the region’s history. In picturesque Spreewald Forest, he deals with cases involving mummified bodies, corpses in animal traps, snake poison, arson, old legends, the GDR past and family matters. Krüger is a wary inspector who uses words sparingly in the quiet and slow-paced episodes.
  • Directed by: Various
  • Production country: Germany
  • Distributor/broadcaster: ZDF
  • Cast: Christian Redl, Thorsten Merten, Claudia Geisler-Bading, Rike Schäffer

Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)

  • Genre: Drama, music
  • Description: An older piano teacher trains a young prisoner in a women’s prison.
  • Directed by: Chris Kraus
  • Production country: Germany
  • Distributor/broadcaster: Kordes & Kordes
  • Cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu, Vadim Glowna
  • Trailer: Link to YouTube

The Reader

  • Genre: Drama, romance
  • Description: Germany after World War II: Almost a decade after the end of his affair with an older woman, law student Michael Berg comes across his ex lover once a gain, as she is the defendant in a war crime trial.
  • Directed by: Stephen Darldry
  • Production country: Germany, USA
  • Distributor/broadcaster: Senator Filmverleih
  • Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, David Kross
  • Trailer: Link to YouTube

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Shooting of the detective films ‘Spreewaldkrimis’ has been taking place in the original location since 2006. The naturally mystical meadow and wetland scenery of Spreewald Forest with its many streams, is unique in Germany and it captivates visitors time and time again. The landscape of this unparalleled inland delta that is part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve, is part of the ZDF production’s brand image. The stories are just as intricate as the network of Spree streams. Regional peculiarities also feature in the ‘Spreewaldkrimi’ episodes.
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  • Mystische Kahnfahrt im Spreewald, Foto: Peter Becker
  • Nächtlich beleuchteter Holzsteg über ein Fließ in Lübbenau, Foto: Peter Becker
  • Hauptdarsteller Christian Redl am Set, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv / Steffen Lehmann
  • Kommissar Thorsten Krüger (Christian Redl, links), Dr. Kappler (Katja Studt) und Polizist Fichte (Thorsten Merten) ermitteln in der ZDF-Reihe Spreewaldkrimi auf einem der Fließe bei Lübbenau, Foto: ZDF / Nicolas Maack
  • Kommissar Krüger (gespielt von Christian Redl) in der Folge „Die Tote im Weiher“ ermittelt in der ZDF-Reihe Spreewaldkrimi, Foto: ZDF / Hardy Spitz
  • Spreewaldkrimi, Folge „Die Tränen der Fische“: Das SEK nähert sich dem Haus, in dem der Mörder vermutet wird, Foto: ZDF / Nicolas Maack
  • Spreewaldkrimi, Folge „Mörderische Hitze“: Szene der Hochzeit von Irene (gespielt von Christina Große, Mitte), Foto: ZDF / Hardy Spitz
  • Darteller Dadid Kross im Film "Der Vorleser", Foto: Melinda Sue Gordon
  • Darstellerinnen Hannah Herzsprung und Monica Bleibtreu im Musik-Drama "Vier Minuten", Foto: Kordes & Kordes
Shooting locations include Burg im Spreewald, the town Lübben, the traditional inn Wotschofska in the Hochland woodland that is surrounded by streams, and the town Lübbenau. The town is home to a castle where guests can even stay overnight. It goes without saying that visitors to Spreewald Forest can also opt to simply enjoy the incredible landscape by bike, punt or canoe.

In addition to the detective films, a few scenes of the feature film ‘Four Minutes’ were shot on Kasel-Golzig Castle on the edge of Spreewald Forest near Lübben, a few years ago. Hannah Herzsprung and Richy Müller played leading parts in the 2004 drama. The team of the German-American production ‘The Reader’ from 2008, featuring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes and David Kross, also came to Spreewald Forest. They shot a few scenes at the prison in Luckau-Duben.

Spreewaldkrimi
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Description: Inspector Krüger (Christian Redl) is in charge of the Spreewald region in Brandenburg. His cases are often linked to the region’s history. In picturesque Spreewald Forest, he deals with cases involving mummified bodies, corpses in animal traps, snake poison, arson, old legends, the GDR past and family matters. Krüger is a wary inspector who uses words sparingly in the quiet and slow-paced episodes.
  • Directed by: Various
  • Production country: Germany
  • Distributor/broadcaster: ZDF
  • Cast: Christian Redl, Thorsten Merten, Claudia Geisler-Bading, Rike Schäffer

Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)

  • Genre: Drama, music
  • Description: An older piano teacher trains a young prisoner in a women’s prison.
  • Directed by: Chris Kraus
  • Production country: Germany
  • Distributor/broadcaster: Kordes & Kordes
  • Cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu, Vadim Glowna
  • Trailer: Link to YouTube

The Reader

  • Genre: Drama, romance
  • Description: Germany after World War II: Almost a decade after the end of his affair with an older woman, law student Michael Berg comes across his ex lover once a gain, as she is the defendant in a war crime trial.
  • Directed by: Stephen Darldry
  • Production country: Germany, USA
  • Distributor/broadcaster: Senator Filmverleih
  • Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, David Kross
  • Trailer: Link to YouTube

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Weather Today, 19. 8.

19 27
Possible light rain overnight.

  • Saturday
    17 25
  • Sunday
    15 27

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