Ilmenau cycle path, Bienenbuettel - Lueneburg stage

    Route length: approx. 17 km



    The historic town centre of Bienenbuettel is the starting point of a bicycle tour full of impressions on the Ilmenau cycle path:


    You can see a cultural gem right at the start of your tour: the  Wichmannsburg St. George’s Church , a Roman fieldstone church with a Gothic chancel and timber-frame tower. Inside the church there is a late Gothic carved altar (winged altar) that dates from the year 1520.

    Once you have crossed the Ilmenau in Bienenbuettel, we recommend a stop-off to plan in a visit to the  Sculpture Path . What began in 2005 with mysterious stone towers and wood figures carved into dead tree trunks has meanwhile become an overall work of art that unites the topics of art and nature. Eleven artists made the appealing river landscape along the Ilmenau the theme of their works of art and created impressive objects made of wood, metal, glass and stone along a 4 km stretch.

    Only certain parts of the idyllic route along the riverbanks are navigable by bicycle, although it does rejoin the Ilmenau cycle path.


    Alternatively, you can cycle from Bienenbuettel to the village of Hohenbostel, home to one of the oldest farmhouses in Lower Saxony (Dorfstrasse 16). From here your journey continues to Diecksbach. 

    Note :

    For reasons of nature conservation, the cycle path runs alongside a railway line for approx. 1 km.


    Your route takes you through Deutsch Evern and past Forsthaus Rote Schleuse, a romantic timber-framed building with a restaurant, garden terrace and beer garden on the Ilmenau - a beautiful spot for a short break.

    Your cycle tour now takes you through Lueneburg State Forest of Wilschenbruch, an arborescent woodland on the outskirts of the hanseatic salt town of Lueneburg. From here it is only a short journey to the 1,000-year-old hanseatic town of Lueneburg.

    Lueneburg  – the hanseatic city on the salt dome
     – can look back on 1,000 years of history. The wealth of the hanseatic town of Lueneburg is founded on salt. A large part of the town is undermined by a salt dome on which the Hanseatic League’s monopoly as a salt supplier was founded. Every visitor will agree that the incomparable atmosphere of the hanseatic town of Lueneburg with its unique, well-preserved Gothic brick façades has a magical attraction about it. Numerous places of interest invite you to explore the town.

    Further information about this stage and the entire Ilmenau cycle path is available under