The cover picture you see above shows the river Aller - flooding the meadows of Verden, which is situated 80 kilometres north-east of Celle. In the background you can spot its beautiful cathedral and in the foreground the green and fertile meadows which have made Verden the perfect spot for horse-breeding and known as a region famous for its horses. Verden is also the starting point of the Aller-bicycle-track - a great outdoor activity leading through the heart of the Lueneburger Heath and even further. On six sections and 328 kilometres altogether, you can enjoy romantic river landscapes, listen to chirping birds and discover idyllic timbered house villages. And everything by bike – so plan your trip and get ready for your favourite section or do the entire route. Keep reading to get the details about the first part of this unique bicycle track.
Verden as above mentioned is the starting point of the Aller-bicycle-track, which is the most beautiful connection you can do between the rivers Weser and Elbe. The cathedral city offers interesting sights like a historic museum, ‘the stone man’ statue in its cathedral and a former fisherman’s quarter. Also there is a stork care station and close to the city are the Verden’s dunes. Choose your attraction according to your preferences or just start the Aller-bicycle track. The following picture is a view over the Aller at Verden and its cathedral.
The first section leads you along 53 kilometres, through Rethem and Hodenhagen to Schwarmstedt. The region is in the Aller-Leine valley and is said to be the home of storks and blueberries. The landscape shows its beauty and its fertility in the deep green colours of its forests and meadows. There are a couple of countryside stores, where you can buy local products directly from the producer.
The second section is 42 kilometres long – attractions on the way are the the German oil museum in Wietze, which is built on a real oil field and the nature reserve of the Meißendorfer’s lakes. The museum is for all who are interested in oil techniques and engineering and it is made displayed vividly thanks to the exhibition of tools and machines necessary to extract oil from a field like oil towers, drilling tools and deep pump drivers.
Meißendorfer’s lakes close to Winsen, on the other hand, is a true destination for nature lovers and worth a detour as well. Also it’s a perfect spot for birds-watching and is used for fishing too.
After that you'll reach the city of timbered house – Celle, with its beautiful castle and historic city centre, another highlight on the Aller-bicycle-track. Check out my next article to get to know the second part of the Aller-bicycle-track and its sections 3 to 4.
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