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Tourism

The Spreewald region                                                                 Wikipedia

 

The Spreewald (German for "Spree Woods"; in Lower Sorbian: Błota) is situated about 100 km south-east of Berlin. It was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1991. It is known for its traditional irrigation system which consists of more than 200 small canals (called "Fließe"; total length: 1,300 km ) within the 484-square-kilometre (187 sq mi) area. The landscape was shaped during the ice-age. Alder forests on wetlands and pine forests on sandy dry areas are characteristic for the region. Grasslands and fields can be found as well.

 

About 50,000 people live in the biosphere reserve (1998). Many of them are descendants of the first settlers in the Spreewald region, the Slavic tribes of the Sorbs/Wends. They have preserved their traditional language, customs and clothing to this day.

People mostly depend on tourism. Many tourists enjoy the exploration of the Spreewald in punts. Agriculture, forestry and fishery are other important sources of income. The principal town of the area is Cottbus

 

 

Traditional costume, c. 1948

Traditional costume, c. 1948

 

 

 

 

A tourist boat on a Spreewald canal in Lübbenau-Lehde

A tourist boat on a Spreewald canal in

Lübbenau-Lehde

 

 

Postal service at Lehde

 

Postal service at Lehde

 

 

 

Historical housing at Lehde (a district of Lübbenau)

Historical housing at Lehde (a district of Lübbenau)