Ilmenau cycle path, Lueneburg - Hoopte stage
Route length: approx. 31 km
The route from Lueneburg to Bardowick follows the historic tow path along the banks of the River Ilmenau and features a wealth of historic sites.
The old buildings of the Nikolaihof served as a leper colony in the Middle Ages. Also worth a visit: the Nikolai Church (1435) with the oldest organ in Northern Europe and the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul in Bardowick.
A forest path leads you to the picturesque village of St. Dionys. Numerous farm buildings dating from the 17th To the 19th century bear witness to Oldershausen’s turbulent past.
You can experience the variety of nature on the next stage as it takes you through the Elbe Marshlands in Winsen.
A short detour to the bridge leading to the needle dam constructed in Fahrenholz in 1888 is worthwhile. Your journey continues towards Mover. You pass through Toennhausen via an old dyke line, where the remnants of the former course of the River Ilmenau are still recognisable. With Toennhausen behind you, your route returns to the Ilmenau Canal.
The stretch along the dyke is home to white storks, lapwings and many other bird species. It takes you to Stoeckte and its old thatch-roofed houses. The Ilmenau cycle path then guides you from Stoeckte Dyke to the Elbuferstrasse and the Elbe cycle path. A varied selection of bars and restaurants awaits you in Hoopte.
Your journey along the Ilmenau cycle path ends with a view of the River Elbe from the ferry terminal towards Zollenspieker (Hamburg).
Further information about this stage and the entire Ilmenau cycle path is available under www.ilmenauradweg.de