The most authentic river in the Heath Area
The famous heath poet Hermann Löns already stated in his texts that the River Oetze is "the most genuine river of the heath" ... But what makes it so special?
Untouched habitat in the Heath River Oertze
As an original glacial valley at the end of the Ice Age, the Örtzetal today offers a carefree habitat for numerous animal and plant species. The course of the river was only slightly affected and so it still shows a typical meandering course with varied structures. So-called impact and sliding slopes, steep banks, depressions, gravel banks and sandbanks alternate with each other. The relatively sparse population of the Örtzetal valley, the adjacent meadows and extensive forests in the surrounding area are prerequisites for the occurrence of various rare animal and plant species. Here otters, kingfishers and black storks find their natural habitat.
The River Oertze is part of the European Natura 2000 nature conservation network, which is placed under special protection according to the Flora-Fauna-Habitat Directive. For this reason, the river is also subject to strict traffic regulations.
Course of the River Oertze
The source area of the Örtze lies on the grounds of the Munster Nord military training area. It flows in a southerly direction through Munster, via the military training area Munster South to Müden (Örtze). From Müden it can be navigated by canoe or kayak in accordance with the traffic regulations. Here also its biggest tributary, the Wietze, flows into the Örtze. Towards the south the Örtze flows further through Hermannsburg, Oldendorf, Eversen and Wolthausen and finally flows into the Aller at Winsen.
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Nature experiences on and at the Örtze
Canoe enthusiasts will find a very good infrastructure with easily accessible entry and exit points at the location. Idyllic resting places along the course of the river and providers of hire boats for occasional canoeists round off the offer.
The Örtze is an exciting canoe water for recreational athletes and nature lovers, offering sporting variety on stretches from two to eleven hours. Water hiking becomes an unforgettable experience here!
Hiking and Cycling
Between Poitzen, Müden and Hermannsburg, the River Forest Adventure Trail has been set up along the localities, offering plenty to discover for nature lovers of all ages.