Welcome to Wietze!
Wietze is situated in the south of Lueneburg Heath and has a lot more to offer than you would think at first glance.
Pure nature and unique sites
Situated in the Southern
Heath, in the middle of the Valley of Aller and Leine and not far
from the ducal residence town of Celle , Wietze offers many choices for
recreation and excursions in spite of its modest size. Nature lovers for
example can find lush greenery along
the Aller cycle path , sportier
types can explore the Aller on a canoe trip and the adventurous ones can enjoy the
only gold washing camp in Lower Saxony.
What's the origin of
the name Wietze?
This little town got its name from the small river “Wietze (Aller)” that springs near Hanover and flows into the Aller north of the village. Marked by both rivers, a magnificent natural landscape with a wide variety of flora and fauna awaits the visitor.
Unique nature reserve
This becomes clear on the Aller bicycle path where one of its most beautiful sections leads through sweeping green river plains and past the
This unique nature reserve
allows for a richness of species with plants and animals from different
ecological systems on an area of 65 hectares. The Heck cattle and the wild
horses that are at home here are certainly real eye-catchers.
The history of the black gold
The history of the town is also very exciting, especially Wietze is the cradle and origin of oil production in Germany. The search for the “black gold” goes back over more than 350 years and begins 1652 with the excavation of sand containing oil from so-called “Theerkuhlen” (“tar hollows”). About 200 years later, Wietze makes history with the so-called Hunaeus bore.
The accidental location of underground oil by Georg Konrad is now considered one of the first successful oil bores worldwide and the drilling site can still be viewed in the industrial park of Wietze.
A real oil rush had started in Wietze by the end of the 19th century. Companies were pouring in to take part in the search of “the Wietze tar”. The oil reserves in Wietze were so rich that Wietze's oil covered almost 80% of Germany´s domestic demand between 1908 and 1910.
The German Oil Museum is a memorial to this eventful time. Don’t miss your chance to visit it on “Devil's Island” in Wietze.
The Stechinelli-Chapel in Wieckenberg in the south of the town s well worth a visit. Built in 1692, it appears to be a normal farmhouse from the outside. However, the first impression is deceptive as the inside of the chapel and its opulent baroque style that is still in excellent condition to this day is simply breathtaking.