© Angelika Laslo


Beeskow is the perfect starting point for an active cycling trip along the Lake Schwielochsee route, which takes you around the entire lake.
To make sure you have plenty of food to keep your strength up, why not stop off at the Ranzig country butcher’s shop. After that you can relax a little and simply cross the lake on Brandenburg’s last hand cable ferry between Ranzig and Leißnitz. It is worth making a detour to Friedland. There you will find the third Strele castle in Brandenburg, an old Slavic castle from the 13th century, which was also used by the Knights of St. John as a residence. If you have now had enough exercise, you cycle back to Beeskow along the cycle path.

However, if you complete all 49 kilometres of the Lake Schwielochsee Tour, you will have truly conquered Brandenburg’s largest lake! En route you will pass Trebatsch and its museum about the Australia explorer Leichenhardt as well as Sawall, where you should take a climb up the 61-metre viewpoint. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the lake. If you complete the tour around the lake you will encounter Friedland anyway, and therefore also the Strele castle. But the main attraction of this long bicycle tour is of course Lake Schwielochsee. Water as far as the eye can see and a beautiful landscape make the long trip a true nature experience. The vast landscape stretches out before you, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop off and enjoy the views. There are also lots of bathing areas inviting you to enjoy the refreshing water and regain your strength. Time will no longer matter, because it’s all about relaxation here.

Further details:

Blick über die Spree auf die St. Marienkirche in Beeskow© Seenland Oder-Spree / Florian Läufer
  • Length: 50 km, duration: approx 3 h
  • Start/Goal: Beeskow
  • Arrival and Departure:
    Car: From Berlin, take the A12 and B168 motorways to Beeskow (about 1.5 hour)
    Public Transport: From Berlin central station, take the RE2 (Cottbus) to Königs Wusterhausen. From here, take the RB36 (Frankfurt / Oder) regional train to Beeskow (about 2 hours).
  • Maps/Literature: 
    “Seenland Oder-Spree (Landkreise Oder-Spree und Märkisch Oderland): Fahrrad- und Erlebniskarte”, Maßstab 1 : 100.000 / 1 : 175.000, Euro 6.90 in the shop
    “Entdeckertouren” brochure

Route description:

Ein Kanu liegt am Ufer des Schwielochsees im Sommer© Tibor Rosteck

Most visitors start his leisurely lake bicycle tour in Beeskow. You start just behind the exit of the village under shady deciduous trees. This natural sunshade means this is a great tour even on hot days. Trebatsch has a museum about the Australia explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. And near Sawall on the Swietenberg elevation you will have Lake Schwielochsee at your feet. The 61-metre elevation affords a magnificent panorama. Other stops along the route are Goyatz, Jessern and Friedland. And you always follow the signs and the smell of the lakeside air.

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