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Germany’s Venice

By Linda Tancs

Canal laden Spreewald is sometimes referred to as Germany’s Venice.  Situated about 62 miles southeast of Berlin, it was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1991, a designation reserved for those locales that have demonstrated best practices in environmental conservation.  Its compact labyrinth of 171 miles of navigable waterways makes punting one of the most delightful and common means of getting around.  What may be less commonly known is that the region was originally settled by Slavic tribes who remain in the area today and lend it their language.  When you’re there, be sure to sample the gherkins, the region’s agricultural hallmark.

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