The cover picture shows a typical loop of the river Aller, which intertwines through a green and fertile landscape and through interesting villages, towns and cities of the Luenburger Heath. In Spring and Summer you can enjoy the bright and deep colors of the flora and in Autumn its trees show their beauty in different types of yellows, oranges and reds, but you need to be a bit lucky with the weather conditions. The best way to enjoy this beautiful part of the Lueneburger Heath and discover its highlights is by bike on the Aller-bicycle-track. If you are up for a peaceful and at the same type sporty outdoor activity in this area then the track will suit you well. Take your bike and maybe some food to have a picnic along the way and get started. This article is the second part of a three parts series and treats the sectors 3 and 4 of the Aller-Bicycle -Track, just after the timbered houses in Celle. The way continues through small idyllic towns, nature reserves, forests, along meadows and all this alongside the river Aller. Keep reading for more.
All of the sections are suited for a daytrip bike-ride. Section 3 from Celle to Gifhorn for instance is 46 kilometers long. The first attraction on the way is the abbey of the settlement of Wienhausen. The facades are beautiful and stunning to look at and it is said that the nuns choir is great to listen to. Also there is an old water mill and several other buildings in the typical timbered style of the region.
In the abbey there are also interesting artworks and artifacts to be discovered like the earliest surviving type of eyeglasses or a collection of tapestries. The following tapestry for example forms part of the medieval art history of Lower Saxony and is exhibited in the Abbey of Wienhausen.
After Wienhausen the track leads you further through Mueden at the Aller to the 'city of mills' - Gifhorn, where the fourth section of the Aller-bicycle-track starts. The historic inner city from the 16th century is a good spot to leave your bicycle for a moment and to stroll around – probably thankfully enjoying another type of muscle strain than on your bike. Other interesting sights is the International Wind and Watermill Museum - exhibiting fourteen different mills from all over the world. You can do a nice and interesting stroll in the museum's area, too. And it is stunning how large the differences in the architecture of wind and watermills, depending on origin, can be.
If you are not in a rush then another highlight of Gifhorn is its beautiful castle from 1525.
After you have enjoyed Gifhorn or continued straight through it, the Aller-bicycle-track leads through the car city of Wolfsburg to Oebisfelde. Here the fourth section ends and I will report more in my third article about the Aller-bicycle-track.
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