Post by Boat in Spreewald, Germany

For more than a hundred years, the mail in Spreewald, Germany, has been delivered by boat in the summer months.

Homes in the marshy land are linked by eight kilometers of channels.

The postal carriers have always been punters; no motors are used on the boats, even today.

Shown above is Jutta Pudenz, who handled the route for 21 years, retiring at the end of the summer in 2011. The current route serves 81 households, and the mail carrier delivers an average of 600 letters and 30 packages a week, also selling stamps and picking up outgoing mail. In the winter, Deutsche Post uses a network of bridges to reach its customers, although from the stamp below, we can see that the carriers once switched to ice skates when the channels froze.

… returning to the boat when spring arrived.

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