Wienhausen: art & culture in a picturesque river landscape (60 km)

     

    Special aspects of this tour:

     

    Cloister Wienhausen

    Cloister treasures in ancient walls

    The Cistercian Cloister Wienhausen established during the 13th century is today used as a convent. The conventuals who live here offer guided tours through the well-preserved, historic cloister buildings. 

    You will gain fascinating insights into convent life, the impressive architecture, the richly decorated walls of the nuns’ choir and the cloister’s valuable treasures. 

    The Holy Sepulchre is one of them. It depicts a recumbent figure of Christ dating from the 13th century in a house-like shrine from the 15th century. Its well-preserved condition and the richly ornamental painting are astounding. The exhibit counts among Lower Saxony’s most significant early Gothic creations.

    Rare and valuable everyday items were discovered during the installation of new electrical cables in 1952, among them rivet spectacles from the 14th century as well as Christian and heathen cult objects. 

    In addition to these items, the cloister is also very well-known for its valuable collection of Gothic tapestries. 

    The nuns’ choir and the summer refectory also serve as venues for readings and concerts during the summer months. 

    Those wishing to immerse themselves in convent life are advised to visit the evensong mass on a Friday (April to September).

     

     

    Langlingen museum village

    Farming comes to life

    Langlingen museum village invites you to look around an old granary dating from 1722. 

    You can discover many different everyday items from those days, from a weaving loom to a petroleum barrel. Tools used by bakers, butchers, carpenters, turners, smiths and barbers are on display in the entrance hall. 

    There is also a well-preserved horse mill. The horses were used to drive machines. 

    A completely furnished farmhouse and a herbal garden with around 150 edible and medicinal herbs as well as plants used as fragrances and dyes round off the trip into the farmhouse of the past.

     

    FlotArt

    Village meets Art

    Every two years, artists convene in Flotwedel under the motto “Village meets Art” to hold the FlotART festival of art in the village (the festival alternates with the Summer of Culture in Flotwedel). Flotwedel has developed into an authentic artists’ colony in recent years and its fame is rapidly extending far beyond regional boundaries thanks mainly to the FlotART Festival. Numerous facilities such as the Findelhof and the Antikhof Drei Eichen or the Trödelscheune flea-market play their part all year round. 

    During the FlotART festival, villagers open the doors to their homes, farms and hideaways. Everyday buildings are transformed into art venues. 

    The organisers extend an invitation to the whole family: “Come and see how stalls become galleries, farmyards become sculpture parks and barns become museums.” 

    The variety of artworks on display ranges from paintings to photography and design to sculptures. 

    The support programme offers poetry slams, theatre and cinema performances and live music in the form of baroque and gospel concerts and much more.

     


    Tour length:
     60 km

     

    Path conditions: 

    largely asphalted agricultural roads and cycle paths, some sections on a public toad with little traffic, firm pathways

     

    Signposting: 

    The pictogram shown here lines the entire route for the cycle tour

     

    Starting point of the day tour:

    car park at Klosterpark Wienhausen (sports field)
    Am Klosterpark, 29342 Wienhausen

    Coordinates: (N: 52.579792900, E: 10.183107424)

     

    Further information: 

    Tourist Information Wienhausen

    Mühlenstr. 5, 29342 Wienhausen, Tel. 05149 8899


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    Tour length:
     60 km

     

    Path conditions: 

    largely asphalted agricultural roads and cycle paths, some sections on a public toad with little traffic, firm pathways

     

    Signposting: 

    The pictogram shown here lines the entire route for the cycle tour

     

    Starting point of the day tour:

    car park at Klosterpark Wienhausen (sports field)
    Am Klosterpark, 29342 Wienhausen

    Coordinates: (N: 52.579792900, E: 10.183107424)

     

    Further information: 

    Tourist Information Wienhausen

    Mühlenstr. 5, 29342 Wienhausen, Tel. 05149 8899

     

    Tour description

     

    The tour starts at Cloister Wienhausen: a gem of North German redbrick Gothic architecture dating from the 13th century that you can explore during a guided tour. 

    Other buildings of interest in the resort include St. Marienkirche church with its lone-standing bell tower and the watermill at Muehlenteich. 

    You will also see a small timber-framed building on an island surrounded by the waters of the mill canal. Once a granary, it is today used to celebrate weddings. 

    You will find the House of Culture (Kulturhaus) and the tourist information office inside the old mill, an unadorned building dating from 1591.

    Your route takes you on the Aller cycle path – you’ll use it at various stages of this tour – to Oppershausen. Here, situated behind a horse-chestnut avenue, is the manor named Vorwerk Gut Oppershausen, one of the oldest two-post farmhouses in the Celle district. Today, the listed building houses a restaurant and is regularly used to hold readings and concerts. 

    The tour continues alongside the Aller, past the Mueden Canal and on through a forest. 

    In Neuhaus you will notice a Dutch windmill from the year 1856 that lost its sails in 1956. It is located on a former dune hill on the banks of the river Aller.

    The museum village in Langlingen shows in seven exhibition buildings what farming life was like in times gone by. 


    Also worthy of a visit are  St.-Johannis-Kirche  church and the historic manor Gutshof Mylius. 

    Just behind the lock at Langlingen you will find a farmhouse restaurant and lido where you can take a break or enjoy a trip in a paddle boat. 

    Old riverbank dunes just outside of Fernhavekost bear witness to the former course of River Oker thatwas redirected to Mueden in the Middle Ages to guarantee a high water level in the Aller.


    In Bröckel you will find an artists’s village: the Antikhof Drei Eichen is renowned for its restoration work and impressive events. Long-forgotten items of everyday life shine resplendent in new glory at the flea-market barn Trödel-Scheune. 


    You can join the tour that circumnavigates Wathlingen (35 km) from Eicklingen via the L 311.

    You will pass the old tithe house on your way through Eicklingen. The impressive manor house, formerly the administrative seat of the bailiff, was once a farmhouse to which extensions and conversions were added and is today in use as an office building. 

    Conventions and family celebrations are regular events at the freshly renovated manor. 


    The Findelhof in Bockelskamp offers cabaret performances all year round at the Kaleidoskop theatre. 


    Your route continues through lush meadows to Allerniederung near Osterloh. Hilltop views, listening stations and information boards are a great way to discover the diversified meadow landscape. 


    Finally, you will leave Osterloh and cycle past fields and meadows back to your starting point.

     


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