© TMB-Fotoarchiv / Andreas Franke


A question for crossword puzzle fans! How many domes are there in Brandenburg? Exactly two and one is located in Fürstenwalde on the Spree River. The impressive St. Marien Cathedral with its 68 meter high tower can be seen from far away. Destroyed in the last days of World War 2, the building was completely rebuilt. The sacrament house in the cathedral is over 500 years old, an architectural rarity.
A few kilometers later, with the wind blowing around our noses, we continue along the Oder-Spree Canal in the direction of Müllrose. Here, on the shores of the Großer Müllroser See, stands the last working mill in the Schlaubetal. On the Oder-Neisse cycle path, the route continues in the direction of Eisenhüttenstadt and Neuzelle Monastery. The city planned on the drawing board and the baroque wonder of Brandenburg could not be more different architecturally. In Eisenhüttenstadt, clear lines have the upper hand. The Documentation Center for Everyday Culture of the GDR offers an exciting look back at recent German history. Neuzelle, on the other hand, is quite different. The monastery's magnificent interior is a feast for the eyes. Park your bike and explore the grounds with its magnificent baroque garden. The ride through the Schlaubetal Nature Park is spectacular in a different way. Hidden lakes in the forest and one or the other shot ride await you here.
Through the historic old town of Beeskow you should definitely take a turn. The scenery of the old town with the city wall, the church of St. Mary and the castle is pure medieval. You should not miss the music museum. The impressive collection shows instruments from small music boxes to large music automatons.
You should not pass by Lindenberg, between Beeskow and Storkow, with its unique weather museum. In 1905, the Royal Prussian Aeronautical Observatory was founded here. To this day, the observatory provides valuable weather data.
The next castle awaits in Storkow. In the more than 800-year-old castle, there is an exhibition worth seeing about the region between the rivers Dahme, Spree and Oder. When the wooden drawbridge in the old town, which was built on the Dutch model, is raised, the cameras click.
Theodor Fontane once ennobled the Scharmützelsee as the "Märkisches Meer". It goes without saying that you should put your feet in the water at least once in Wendisch Rietz or in the spa town of Bad Saarow. In Bad Saarow, however, you can also make a longer stop. For example, in the SaarowTherme or during a walk through the spa park, on the shores of the Scharmützelsee.
In Erkner, just outside the Berlin city limits, the writer and Nobel Prize winner for literature Gerhart Hauptmann ("The Weavers") spent several years. His residence is now a museum.

Route description: Anyone setting out on this great trip will pick out the highlights in the Oder-Spree region: such as Erkner, Storkow and Beeskow close to the towns or Lake Scharmützelsee and the Spree River near the water. The sophisticate spa town of Bad Saarow lies almost in the middle. Three villages further on, you can will hear the clinking of an old gate. A little later, the only noise will be the wind in your ears as you cycle along. Horses will be grazing in paddocks and cows will be dozing in paddocks just behind them. Everything is just as it should be in this area. Old and new tracks link together to create a paradise for cyclists. Some new apple trees are planted in rows such like they are giving cycling enthusiasts a guard of honour.

But the tour of the Oder-Spree region is also one of contrasts. On the one hand, vibrant urban life and, on the other hand, hidden lakes and dense mixed deciduous and coniferous forests. Here, Fürstenwalde with its impressive Dom St. Marien cathedral and just a few kilometres further on the idyllic Kersdorf Lock. It is also not far from the quiet municipality of Groß Lindow to the pulsating town of Eisenhüttenstadt. Or experience a true Baroque marvel in Klosterkirche Neuzelle monastery church. It's worth making a detour from Erkner to Rüdersdorf museum park, where you can experience up close the over 750-year history of limestone mining in an opencast mine.

It goes without saying that cyclists will find a lot of bathing opportunities along the route in the Seenland region. Similarly, there are cafés and dining areas where you can recharge your batteries. Find your favourite section of the route on the 250-kilometre tour. You might get a taste for it and cycle the whole distance.

Further details:

Zwei Radfahrer stehen auf einer Brücke und schauen auf die Spree© TMB-Fotoarchiv / Andreas Franke
  • Length: 240 km
  • Start/Goal: Beeksow
  • Logo / route marking: "Nature park owl” against a yellow background
  • Arrival and Departure:
    Car: Take the A10 and A12 motorways and the B168 from Berlin to Beeskow (about 1.5 hours).
    Public Transport: Take the RE1 regional express train from Berlin central station to Frankfurt/Oder and then continue with the RB36 (Königs Wusterhausen) regional train to Beeskow (about 2 hours).
  • Maps/Literature: Rad- und Freizeitkarte „Seenland Oder-Spree Gesamtgebiet" 1:100.000,  ISBN 978-3-945138-01-4, Euro 6.90 plus shipping costs
  • Trail conditions / surface: The route leads along established, asphalted cycle paths. Short sections of the route lead along forest paths.


Blick durch die Straße auf den Dom und das Rathaus Fürstenwalde© Seenland Oder-Spree / Florian Läufer
  • Fürstenwalde: Dom St. Marien cathedral, Rathaus town hall, Stadtmuseum local history museum, Bischofsschloss castle, art gallery
  • Müllrose: Heimatmuseum local history museum, nature trail, historic carriage museum
  • Brieskow-Finkenheerd: Japanische Gartenwelt gardens
  • Eisenhüttenstadt: Documentation centre from the former German Democratic Republic, fire brigade museum, municipal museum
  • Neuzelle: Historic monastery complex
  • Beeskow: Historic town centre, castle, St. Marienkirche church, sheep farming museum
  • Lindenberg: Weather museum
  • Wendisch Rietz: Lock, leisure park with children's playground and miniature golf course, ceramic studio
  • Storkow (Mark): Lock, historic town centre, castle, Radkuriositäten-Museum Didi Senft bicycle curiosity museum, inland dune
  • Bad Saarow: SaarowTherme thermal baths, historic railway station
  • Erkner: Gerhart-Hauptmann Museum, Museumshof am Sonnenluch museum village
  • Kagel: “Alte Schule” museum

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