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Hiking in the South Heath

Unique nature experience on circular hiking trails through the Celle region

©Lüneburger Heide GmbH / Dominik Ketz
©Lüneburger Heide GmbH / Markus Tiemann
©Lüneburger Heide GmbH/Dominik Ketz
©Lüneburger Heide GmbH / Dominik Ketz
©© Dominik Ketz
©Lüneburger Heide GmbH/Dominik Ketz
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©Lüneburger Heide GmbH / Dominik Ketz
©Partner der Lüneburger Heide GmbH
©Lüneburger Heide GmbH/Markus Tiemann
©© Dominik Ketz
©Lüneburger Heide GmbH / Dominik Ketz

Gently rising heath areas, deep rushing forests and idyllic rivers - hiking enthusiasts can experience the unique landscape of the southern heath on circular hiking trails at any time of the year.

What awaits you while hiking in the Südheide?

The "hiking paradise Südheide" was opened in 2012 for our guests in the nature park Südheide:

23 theme-based circular hiking trails over a total length of almost 400 km were worked out and documented both with information boards and in the accompanying natural history brochure. The paths are closely signposted with pictograms on oak posts so that you can always find your way around the site. You will find extensive information on all circular hiking trails in the Südheide under this article.

Decide for yourself how far you want to go...

In order to meet the different needs of the hikers, at most starting points there is the possibility to choose between a short, a medium and a long tour of approx. 2 to 20 kilometres in length. In many cases, the trails start at one of the newly equipped parking places and barbecue areas. The shelters and benches along the way invite you to stay and rest for a while.

Next to the circular hiking trails, 5 special theme trails have been created on which cultural-historical features are highlighted, thus deepening the experience of nature:

Circular hiking trails along the Heidschnuckenweg

The Lüneburger Heide has a very special highlight for hikers to offer: The "Heidschnuckenweg", also opened in 2012, is a 223 km long quality hiking trail and was voted Germany's most popular hiking trail by hikers in 2014. From Hamburg to Celle, the Heidschnuckenweg combines the most beautiful heath areas with the natural spectacles of the heath. Some particularly beautiful sections lead through the Südheide Nature Park and the Celle region. You can experience these on the following circular hiking trails:

Stage 8: Wietzendorf - Müden (Örtze)

Stage 9: Müden (Örtze) - Faßberg

  • Fluss-Wald-Erlebnispfad (W3)

Stage 10: Faßberg - Oberoher Heide

Stage 11: Oberoher Heide - Weesen

Stage 12: Weesen - Dehningshof

Etappe 13: Dehningshof - Celle

Further circular hiking trails

The circular hiking trails far away from the heath areas also offer a variety of scenic highlights:

Both at the Aschau ponds near Eschede and at the edge of the post moor near Bargfeld, observation towers have been constructed from which the animal world and especially the bird world can be observed from a height of 4 metres in the Südheide Nature Park.
Long-distance hiking trails in the southern heath
Even more hiking experiences await you on our several day hikes through the Südheide. In addition to the quality Heidschnuckenweg hiking trail, the E1 and several pilgrim paths also lead through the beautiful landscape: the Jacobusweg Lüneburger Heide, the Via Romea and the Via Scandinavica.
Take your time to enjoy the silence of nature for days and r
enjoy unforgettable hiking experiences. Pilgrimages are becoming more and more popular, even among the most demanding hikers, who have no relation to pilgrimage itself, but simply want to hike along attractive, often historical paths. Because: Hiking makes you happy!

Map material for the circular hiking trails

The accompanying brochure, which is available for the hiking paradise Südheide, contains not only the route descriptions but also numerous information about the fauna and flora, tells stories and history of the landscape and brings the reader closer to the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry as well as the culture of the region.

The accompanying brochure "Hiking Paradise South Heath" and further maps and brochures on the hiking offers in the South Heath can be obtained from the tourist information offices and the town halls of the communities in the Celle tourism region.

Hiking trails outside the nature park Südheide

Discover cultural treasures and unique nature also outside the nature park Südheide: around Wienhausen there are 5 theme trails.

Further information and tips on the tours through the Südheide can be found in the Celle Navigator region.

We invite you to enjoy the wonderful nature of the region Celle!