These Routes Are Made for Walkin’! On a long hike you can really enjoy the Wendland. Take your time. And the landscape just charms you into taking a hike. Or would you rather just go for an easy stroll? Or explore the region on a brisk trek after all? How ever you decide, Wendland is waiting for you. And if you do get lost, even though the trails are well marked and the trail maps are good, a friendly Wendland resident will be happy to get you back on your way.
On this 17.4 km hike you can explore the unique, circular Rundling villages -- where the Wend people once lived. Wendland is well-known for its many Rundling villages in which the houses are constructed in a circular arrangement. Each village has its own delightful charm. The origins of the shape of these villages are still a mystery today. But we do know that the Wends -- a Slavic people -- lived in the Rundling villages starting in the 12th century. Discover these circular villages on your tour of the Wendland.Elbe region.
The Nemitz Heath Trail extends 14.5 km between sandy heath country and circular Rundling villages. Today, the Nemitz Heath is a significant conservation area and it offers habitat for many threatened plants and animals. The House in the Nemitz Heath is the starting point for a hike though the 550 hectares of the Nemitz Heath. The exhibit on the upper floor provides information about the cultural and natural history of the heath and is accessible to visitors with visual impairments.
The family-friendly Höhbeck-Elbholz Trail runs 25.4 km through beaver and white-tailed eagle country. From the observation tower near the Schwedenschanze wall there is an impressive view into the vast landscape and the home of the white-tailed eagle. For years, the Kaffeegarten Schwedenschanze has attracted visitors and is a favorite spot for a break. In addition, the Höhbeck is unique location in northern Germany for prehistoric excavations. The museum in Vietze and the Woodhenge Window into the Past near Restorf provide more extensive information.
From the cliffs above the Elbe river to the tiger lilies. This trail gains a great deal of elevation over 26.2 km. The Klötzie is the name of the northern section of the old moraine landscape of the Drawehn Ridge, formed during the Ice Ages, which ends as a steep rim above the Elbe river valley. The steep slopes between the vineyard area in Hitzacker (Elbe) and Drethem create many natural observation points.
This family-friendly hiking trail, 14.8 km long, winds through the territory of salamanders and other amphibians. Between the community of Bergen and the village of Jiggel, the Dumme winds its way north. The Dumme lowlands provide a vibrant landscape with pristine streams, protected deciduous forests, and the colorful bloom of wetland meadows. Along the way, information panels provide information about this special habitat.
This hiking trail extends 19.6 km through an area of erratic boulders (Findlingen) and silent forests. In the Findlingspark Clenzer-Schweiz, visitors learn about the Drawehn Ridge area from a geological perspective. The motto here is understand geology, experience Nature. In its picturesque setting on the eastern slope of the Drawehn Ridge, this park features both mighty boulders and rows of small stones. They bear witness to the geological development of this landscape: the oldest among them are about 2 billion years old.
Take the Sudewiesen Trail 13 kilometers through the land of the storks and the aurochs cattle! The Stork Center provides fascinating information about these threatened animals and how they live.
The Wandering Sand Dune Trail offers a 7 kilometer hike through the relatively young landscape of dunes in the Elbe river valley. Discover fascinating natural phenomena on this family-friendly hike. The Stixer dunes and the Laaver moor are waiting there for you!
You can hike quite a distance in Wendland -- 200 km! Even with elevation gain -- hard to believe, but true. You can hike through the whole Wendland region in 10 day-long hikes. No matter if you choose the Wendland Cross Trail, the Elbe Heights Trail, or the Drawehn Ridge Trail -- you’ll never be bored.
Between the Elbe river valley and the megalithic stone tombs. The Elbe-Katemin Trail, 23.1 km long with slight changes in elevation, takes you through cultural and natural landscapes. The Elbe Heights and the Klötzie Rise together form the northern edge of the Drawehn Ridge, ending in the Elbe marsh region. As the transition between the Elbe Riverscape Biosphere Reserve of Lower Saxony and the Elbhöhen-Wendland Nature Park, this forms the backdrop along this trail...
We bet you can hardly wait to explore the Wendland region on foot. Why not get started with your plans? Here you can order our three trail maps as well as a hiking planner.
With Luca, the stag beetle, you can experience the forests in a new way on a small, family-friendly, and informative tour. For 2 to 3 hours, Luca takes you on a tour down the nature trail from the Naturum forest museum through the Göhrde. For a long time, the Göhrde served as both royal and imperial hunting grounds and is known for its historic, old forests and the related biodiversity. It is part of the Drawehn Ridge, a terminal moraine formed during the Ice Ages, and it is covered with old oak and beech forests as well as coniferous trees.