They quickly pull off sports shoes and socks. This Nordic walking group regularly passes the Kutzeburger Mühle. So early the lemonade kiosk is still closed. So dip your feet in the Spree water.
In Cottbus, it is forbidden to jump from bridges to the Spree
“As children from Cantdorf, we never thought of swimming in the Spree,” recalls Mayor René Nakoinz. The Spree in Cantdorf is wide and the shore is not very accessible. It was completely different for decades in the south of Spremberg. There was a sandbank in Trattendorf near Schmiedestübchen. It disappeared only two years ago during the renovation of the piers.
The river bathing in Spremberg-Slamen is especially fondly remembered. Christa Meyer proudly displayed her Freischwimmer certificate at the Spremberger Heimatkalender 2015 – obtained in 1939 in the Spree. Local historian Günther Kraske knows that bathing in the Spree was once banned throughout Spremberg, except for public baths. But the police administration issued it only in 1905 to increase the paid use of the river bathing beach.
Up to your knees in the mud
Unfortunately, the ground is often very muddy. In 1979, Kießlich recalls, the last floating dredger was used to remove sediment in this part of the Spree. “Anyone who falls into the water on the Anglerheim side has to expect to be knee-deep in the mud. This is where the Spree has little flow, ”he says.
As a trainer, he admits children to the Spree only if they are fully equipped with canoes. With a life jacket, sturdy boots and neoprene clothing if possible. Anyone who falls into the River Spree while training in the white water at Weißer Weir also wears a helmet.
Phenols also flowed down the Spree
In 52 years of kayaking, Kiesslich has never seen anyone suffer from health problems due to a fall in the Spree. But the iron flakes are sometimes larger, sometimes smaller. “Phenols or similar residues also found their way into the Spree,” he recalls. It was in the summer of 1973. “During this time, a tar layer about ten centimeters thick had formed in the return water beyond the Weißer Weir.”
In Cottbus-Sandow you can swim at your own risk
The most popular river bathing area in Cottbus is the Sandow district near the Sanzeberg Bridge. “Swim at your own risk,” says an inscription from the city of Cottbus. According to city spokesman Jan Gloßmann, it has existed for about ten years.
Would such a sign be conceivable in Spremberg? Deputy Mayor Frank Kulik laughs. “With this water quality and poor visibility?” He would prefer to put up a sign pointing to the Kochsagrund outdoor pool on the banks of the River Spree.
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