Nestled with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, Lübbenau is a historic town south of Berlin. It was first mentioned in the 14th century when it was part of the Kingdom of Bohemia and serves as a starting point for boat trips exploring the Spreewald’s villages and meadows.
Things to do in Lübbenau
Stroll through the historic heart of Lübbenau to admire its centuries-old buildings and see the Neoclassical-style Lübbenau Castle. The bustling port is a short walk away and is the departure point for cruises aboard traditional wooden boats. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the waterfront cafes or sample some of the local gourmet specialties along the aptly-named Gherkin Mile.
Designed like a 19th-century department store is the Spreewald-Museum, which brings the history of Lübbenau to life. Explore the handicraft workshops, grocers and bakery, then browse the traditional garments on display in the clothing store. In a contemporary annex is a vintage locomotive and passenger carriage of the Spreewaldbahn, which connected the region’s villages during the early 20th century.
On the other side of town is the Spreewelten Bad Lübbenau, a family-friendly leisure complex where you’ll find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, waterslides and whirlpools. Relax in one of the 14 themed saunas, book a therapeutic massage, then get up close to adorable penguins during one of the daily feeding sessions. Hearty snacks and meals are available in the Birkenbistro.
Getting around Lübbenau
Lübbenau is around 30 minutes’ drive from Cottbus and just over an hour from the centre of Berlin. Berlin Schönefeld Airport is about an hour away and has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Regular trains connect to the Lübbenau railway station and buses travel throughout the town.