The nearly 500 square kilometers of the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve is located in the southeast of Brandenburg, just a few kilometers west of Cottbus and 100 km southeast of Berlin. It stretches along the middle reaches of the river Spree and borders the counties of Dahme-Spreewald, Oberspreewald-Lausitz and Spree-Neisse. The special attraction of this Biosphere Reserve lies in its park-like landscape which is crisscrossed by numerous water flows. A rich variety of flora and fauna is endemic to this area. Generations of Sorbian and German settlers have created a mosaic of small meadows, fields and forests that shape and characterize the inner upper Spreewald even today. Typical of the lower Spreewald are the natural mixed deciduous forests. Information centers are found in Burg, Lübbenau and Schlepzig.