Müden (Örtze), Nature Park Südheide: Legendary view in Elf country

    Unique panorama, a legendary elf mountain and hill graves - on the hiking trail W4 "Legendary view in the elf country" in the nature park Südheide there is a lot to discover for hikers.

    What awaits you on the hiking tour?

    The circular hiking trail up to the Wietzer Berg starts at the Wietzer Berg car park. On the top of the mountain we find the Lönsstein as a memorial for Hermann Löns. From the 102 m high Wietzer Berg there is an impressive view over the extensive heath area to the landscape of the southern heath. The legendary Elfenberg lies to the southwest near Bonstorf.

    Other interesting waypoints are the heath village of Müden (Örtze) and hill graves from prehistoric times embedded in a small forest. Next to the heath area on Wietzer Berg, forests, meadows and fields line the path.

    The Lönsstein - a monument to Hermann Löns

    Hermann Löns (1866 to 1914) is one of the best-known German writers. Among other things he worked as a journalist for a daily newspaper in Hanover, where he worked his way up from freelancer to editor-in-chief. The profession of a journalist, however, served him only as a breadwinner, while the sideline of writing was his real passion.

    He regularly visited the Lüneburger Heide, where he found peace and inspiration for his numerous works, but also explored nature. The novels "Der letzte Hansbur" (1909), "Dahinten in der Heide" (1910) and "Der Wehrwolf" (1910) were very successful at that time. In 1921, the German Hunters' Association placed the Lönsstein on the Wietzer Berg near Müden in memory of the writer.

    A real elfin mountain?

    An old legend gives information about the origin of the name "Elfenberg": On St John's Day in 1450, the mayor of Bonstorf and his entourage came to the priest Magnus Lauenrod in Hermannsburg and told him that they had a "doden Keerl funnen" (a dead guy) which was stuck up to its neck in a butter mountain.

    They asked if they could bury him in the churchyard. The pries replied:„se schullen öm stäken laten“ The elves „de öm da rin bröcht harren, kunnen öm ok beholen und wören öm ok bald ganz rintrecken, dat nix mehr davon to sehn wöre.“ (They should leave him there. The elves that put him there, should keep him and  soon he would disappear)

    Only Christian people could be buried in the churchyard. But he who was in the Butterberg, where the elves were buttering, was certainly the devil's. The day after St John's Day there was nothing more to be seen of him.

    With this legend a reference to the nearby hill graves could also be made. In old legends the burial places of the "pagans" are often associated with the devil and with elves. Striking tomb hills often had their own names in the vernacular. Butterberg could also mean one of the tomb hills.

    According to another story, the Elfenberg played a role in the feud of the monastery in Hildesheim (1519 to 1523). After that, on Saint John's Day 1519, a few days before the Battle of Soltau, there was a bloody vanguard battle between Kalenbergers and Lüneburgers in the Brunautal. The Kalenberg knight Hans von Ollershusen sank with his horse into the mud and was only saved by the help of the opposing knight Hans von Sporeken, an old weapon companion.

    The hill graves of Bonstorf

    Between Backeberg and Bonstorf, six hill graves bear witness to a cemetery that was built at the end of the Neolithic Age and at the beginning of the Bronze Age.

    An information board shows the excavation results for a hill grave which was located on a neighbouring farmland. The ground plan of the hill grave was reconstructed from field stones. The hill grave was surrounded by a stone wreath. The earth covered a wooden chamber in which a man was buried. A clay pot, a hatchet, a sword and a bronze dagger were placed in the tomb. At the northern edge of the hill, a woman had been buried with bronze dress components. The bronze grave goods are characteristic of the older Bronze Age in the Lüneburg Heath (about 1500 to 1200 BC).

    The most important facts of the tour in a nutshell

    • impressing panoramic view
    • legendary elfin mountain
    • picturesque heath place Müden (Örtze)
    • hill graves


    Length of the tours:

    short Tour: 5,5 km

    medium Tour: 11,2 km

    long Tour: 15,1 km

    The three tours of the hiking area W4 are signposted with the illustrated pictogram. At branches the short tour is marked with a small green circle, the middle tour with a middle yellow circle and the long tour with a heather coloured large circle.

    Route Profile
    Easy ascent up to the Wietzer Berg and the Elfenberg, along an extensive heathland, meadows and forests, partly sandy hiking trails.

    Point of Departure
    3 hiking tours of different lengths are offered from the hiking car park on the Wietzer Berg.

    How to find us

    The car park "Am Lönsstein" is located on the L 240 between Hermannsburg and Müden (Örtze). From the end of Müden (Örtze) after approx. 1.5 km on the right side.
    Position: N 52° 52.06546', E 010° 05.54750', E 010° 05.54750'.

    Further information and tips on the tours of the hiking paradise Südheide can also be found at Region Celle Navigator.



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