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Spree Cycle Route – From the River’s Source to Local Lakes

Bicycle Touring · Upper Lusatia · Open
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  • Spreeradweg in Schirgiswalde
    / Spreeradweg in Schirgiswalde
    Photo: Philipp Herfort, CC0, Marketing-Gesellschaft Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien mbH
  • Spreeradweg - Altstadt Bautzen
    / Spreeradweg - Altstadt Bautzen
    Photo: Claudia M. Steglich, OHTL e. V.
  • / Spreeradweg - Ortseingang Stier
    Photo: Claudia M. Steglich, OHTL e. V.
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On 120 kilometres, this route along the river Spree features attractive and varied sceneries.
Open
easy
Distance 122.5 km
8:20 h
291 m
662 m
474 m
99 m
One of the three sources of the Spree is right in the middle of a beech grove in Kottmar, and this is where the Spree Cycle Route starts. The track winds its way through the picturesque hills of the “Lausitzer Bergland“ to the fascinating UNESCO protected heathland and pond landscape of the Oberlausitz (Upper Lusatia) region. After 120 kilometres, the route ends in a lakeland featuring “Bärwalder See“ as a successful example of regenerating a region that used to be dominated by open pit mining. A number of other cycle routes cross the Spree track, offering attractive detours. However, the Spree Cycle Route features enough sights as it is: There’s the region’s traditional architecture to be seen in the Schirgiswalde area, the towers of Bautzen, Bärwald lake for a swim or the blissfully deserted open spaces between the Oberlausitz‘ ponds.

Author’s recommendation

Plan the Spreeradweg in 2 stages
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
474 m
Lowest point
99 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Ocean Beach Bar Bautzen
Bäckerei und Cafe Jeremias
Kastanienhof Stephan
HAUS DER TAUSEND TEICHE
Gaststätt Zur Guten Laune
Gaststätte und Pension “Zum Eisvogel”

Safety information

Please note the relocation of the Spreeradweg to Bautzen.

Tips and hints

Marketing Gesellschaft Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien mbH
Telefon: +49 (0) 3591/48 77 -0
E-Mail:
Internet: www.radwandern-oberlausitz.de

Start

Source of the Spree on the Kottmar (474 m)
Coordinates:
DD
51.009387, 14.648763
DMS
51°00'33.8"N 14°38'55.5"E
UTM
33U 475358 5650927
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Destination

Spremberg

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
51.009387, 14.648763
DMS
51°00'33.8"N 14°38'55.5"E
UTM
33U 475358 5650927
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Road-safe (e-) trekking bike, bicycle helmet, saddlebags or trekking bike backpack (approx. 35 liters) with rain cover, comfortable sports shoes, if necessary cycling shoes, weather-adapted and hard-wearing clothing based on the multi-layer principle, if necessary cycling tricots, a change of clothes, cycling gloves Air pump, bicycle tool, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, drinking bottle and suitable holder, first aid kit, pocket knife, mobile phone, if necessary mobile phone holder for the handlebar, headlamp and reflectors, maps, travel documents, Toiletry bag and travel towel, hand washing detergent and clothesline, if necessary hut equipment

Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
Open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
122.5 km
Duration
8:20 h
Ascent
291 m
Descent
662 m
Highest point
474 m
Lowest point
99 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights Botanical highlights

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