Starting point of the round trip is the residence and half-timbered town
Celle, here is also the arrival by train possible.
Celle is a princely residential city with culture, grace, elegance and the dynamism of the present day. The old town of Celle with its more than 450 half-timbered houses is the largest closed half-timbered ensemble in Europe. The center of the city is the Guelph Castle, which, together with the City Church and the Old City Hall, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. You can explore the city on your own or with a city tour.
From Celle the tour leads along the Fuhse canal in the direction of Hambüren, further it goes on the Aller cycle track through Oldau, past the historic hydroelectric power plant to South Winsen. From there it continues via Hornbostel to Wietze, Where the petroleum museum invites you to visit.
Did you know that the first oil well in the world was drilled in the Lüneburg Heath?? The German Petroleum Museum Wietze with its mining and drilling facilities dating back to around 1900 and covering an area of 20.000 m² of evidence. An exhibition shows in an interesting way the raw material crude oil, its extraction and diverse use and production from aspirin to toothbrushes.
In Wietze you will also find a Hermann Löns memorial stone. You cycle close to the Wietze along the nature reserve Hornbosteler Hut pasture. The beautiful landscape directly at the Aller has its special charm with far views over meadows and pastures. With a little luck you will meet a herd of Heck cattle, which are at home on one of the pastures. Heck cattle are an offspring of the extinct aurochs. You can also visit the Wietze estuary into the Aller river.
From Jeversen you continue over the Aller bridge in the direction of Thören to Bannetze. Past the Meißendorf ponds the tour leads to Winsen. Meißendorf ponds, be sure to make a short stop to observe rare waterfowl from the viewing platform or visit the nearby NABU Gut Sunder with its wildlife nesting center, which invites you to unique nature discoveries. The Meißendorfer ponds have due to their large occurrence of rare water birds. Numerous migratory birds already served the famous animal filmmaker Heinz Sielmann as a backdrop.
Worth seeing in Winsen is the Bockwindmühle and the Winser museum yard – an open-air museum with typical farm buildings and a farm café. From Winsen, the cycle tour takes you to the Südheide Nature Park. Typical old heath villages accompany you on your way. Discover on this tour Neolithic burial mounds, Bronze Age graves and a megalithic tomb. At the local museum "Römstedt Haus in Bergen you can experience rural way of life.
You will only touch Hermannsburg at the outermost corner, but in clear weather you can catch a wonderful view of the town, which is characterized by its missionary history. Via Bonstorf, a small village with many old farms, you come to Baven and drive along the Weesenerbach or Hermannsburg. Along the Lutter to Weesen.
Alternatively you can plan a stop at Wietzer Berg. On the Wietzer Mountain stands not only the Lönsdenkmal. Here you can also enjoy the beautiful view in the middle of a park-like heath landscape and discover burial mounds.
Course of the tour:
Celle – Wietze – Winsen – Bergen – Hermannsburg – Weesen
Total length of the cycle path: ca. 108 km
Characteristics of the cycle path:
Discover on this bike tour the varied landscape of the nature park Südheide, which extends over an area of more than 480 km² with its heath areas, heath streams and the largest contiguous forest areas in Lower Saxony. Enjoy the unique flair of the residential town of Celle with more than 450 listed half-timbered houses as well as the former Cistercian convent of Wienhausen, one of the most important architectural monuments of North German brick Gothic architecture.
Route profile of the bike path:
Level, without any significant climbs, on so-called flatland cycle paths, the cycle tour leads along well-maintained, well-signposted paths. Short stretches run on cycle paths along roads. On this charming bike tour the focus is on experiencing nature.