Inland island up for auction in Germany

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21 September 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Werder island, just 60 kilometres to the north of Berlin, is up for sale this weekend to anyone who has at least 95,000 euros (135,000 dollars) to offer, the auctioneers said Friday.

21 September 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Werder island, just 60 kilometres to the north of Berlin, is up for sale this weekend to anyone who has at least 95,000 euros (135,000 dollars) to offer, the auctioneers said Friday.

The island measures 42 hectares - around 60 football fields - and lies in a conservation area in a freshwater lake called Gudelacksee.

Under 3 kilometres away by boat lies the town of Lindow, from where there is a rail link to Berlin - once a day in the summer and at weekends only during the winter.

There are other drawbacks: the new owners will probably have to continue to allow public access, and will not be allowed to build anything on the island.

But it does have good waterway links to the German capital and to the north, right up to the Baltic.

The current owner is the German state, which has tried on previous occasions to dispose of the property - without success.

The auction takes place Saturday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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