Whether it’s the preservation of traditional craftsmanship, organic farming, natural landscapes such as the Hanoverian Moorland, time-honoured walls or promising technologies, the European Union supports a fantastic variety of exciting projects in the greater Hanover area. MEP Bernd Lange will take you on 14 wonderful Tours that combine incomparable experiences with visits to some of the places where the present and future are being shaped by innovative ideas.
In this Collection, you’ll discover the extensive moorlands around Hanover and learn fascinating facts about these intriguing landscapes. You’ll visit fruit farms, castles and forward-looking companies; you might be surprised just how diverse the EU-funded projects are. Each Tour is between 35 and 80 kilometres (22–50 mi) long and largely flat. Some of them are ideal for family outings with young children too. You can access the start and end points by train.
Within these adventures, you’ll visit organic farms and agricultural businesses, learning first-hand about the production of our food. Young people often have little idea of what it's like in the countryside and how much hard work is involved in producing food or caring for farm animals. With products such as meat, cheese and even vegetables found on supermarket shelves, it can be hard for children to understand where these products come from.
The ‘Creating Transparency’ initiative aims to show everyone – especially young people – where the food that ends up on our tables every day actually comes from. Children gain insights into the production of everyday food in a playful way at each of the exciting learning sites.
At the mill museum in Gehrden, for example, you can learn all about the journey from grain to the finished loaf. This fosters an appreciation for traditional crafts and our food that would be difficult to convey with theory alone. Adults have plenty to learn on these Tours too – after all, who still has contact with all these processes in everyday life? These Tours are ideal for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest. Keen on impressive architecture and magnificent natural areas? There’s plenty for you too.
Have you got any questions about the EU-funded projects? Then contact the MEP Bernd Lange directly:
Member of the European Parliament
Chairman of the Conference of Committee Chairs of the European Parliament (CCC)
Chairman of the Committee on International Trade (INTA)
European Office Hanover
Odeonstraße 15/16 - D-30159 Hanover
Tel: +49 (0)511 1674210
Nature conservation, history and cohesion: On this bike tour between Bremen and Osnabrück you will get to know a variety of projects funded by the EU. They are good for the climate, take a look into the past and create meeting places where people can meet.
The starting point is at Bassum train station…
This bike tour takes you through the beautiful Weserbergland, where you can visit two exciting museums. On summer days, a refreshing break in the outdoor pool is the crowning glory of the tour. All of this makes for a fantastic day trip, which you can also enjoy thanks to EU funding.
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Since the days of Hermann Löns, the Lüneburg Heath has been a place of longing for nature lovers. To keep it that way, the sparsely populated region is regularly supported by various EU development funds for nature, culture and tourism projects. This round takes you through the western part of the mighty…
A few very special architectural highlights await you on this tour, which you might not expect in the quiet surroundings of Hanover and Hildesheim. The tour takes you from works of classicism to the Bauhaus architecture of the early 20th century.
Your tour begins at Alfeld train station. From there it…
In the slightly hilly area around Hanover, knights – or rather: the landed gentry – used to be in charge. Especially during the Weser Renaissance in the late 16th century, the aristocratic families expanded their farms into sizeable manors and small castles with magnificent gardens. Many of the manors…
Between Hanover and Salzgitter, in the foothills of the Weserbergland, countless buildings tell of the long history of settlement in the region. The center is of course Hildesheim with its UNESCO World Heritage sites Mariendom and Michaeliskirche. In addition, you will also find lovingly renovated churches…
Up close and personal with chickens and sheep, plenty of delicious fruit, time for goats and the grain’s journey from field to bread: there is a lot to discover on this tour. Your tour starts at Nordstemmen train station. This can be reached quickly and easily from the direction of Hanover or Hildesheim…
On this bike tour, a visit to a very special apiary awaits you in addition to some environmentally friendly farms. It starts right in front of the Völksen train station, so that you can travel comfortably by train from the direction of Hanover, for example. The first intermediate destination, the Neuland…
Fascinating moorland areas north of Hanover lure you on an exciting bike tour. This area is known as the Hannoversche Moorgeest (EU funding hannover.de/Kultur-Freizeit/Naherammlung/Natur-entzüge/Moore/Hannoversche-Moorgeest). Both the start and the end of the tour can be reached in a flash by train from…
Wilhelmstein Fortress is located on a small island in the middle of the huge Steinhuder Meer. You will visit this very special building on this tour. But it doesn't stop there, because there are some other impressive examples of historical architecture waiting for you in the Hanover region. Two Cistercian…
This tour not only takes you to butterflies that claim a new habitat for themselves, but also to some other interesting EU-funded projects in the greater Hanover area. The bike tour begins at Ahlten train station, which is only a short drive from Hanover. In the next town, Höver, you can take a short…
Bernd's tip for the weekend: A bike tour through the beautiful landscape north-east of Hanover. Of course, there are also some exciting projects along the way on this tour, which are funded by the European Union. You start at the train station in Dedenhausen and after a short drive you will reach the…
The Neustädter Landroute was officially opened in summer 2021. On this lovingly prepared tour you will discover the rural idyll in the Neustädter Land. Located not far from Hanover and quickly accessible by train, this area represents an irresistible mixture of tradition and modernity. You drive through…
You start in Nienburg right in front of the train station. The Steinhuder Meerbach flows into the Weser in Nienburg. Did you know that the Steinhuder Meerbach was fundamentally renatured with EU funds as part of the land consolidation in southern Nienburg? The measures included the installation of gravel…
Bike Touring Highlight
The moor worlds are an interactive exhibition on the topics of moor and climate. The Hanoverian Moorgeest is a unique landscape. Various projects for the rewetting of the moors and for renaturation are supported by the EU. A bistro is attached so that your physical well-being is also taken care of.
Tip by Jesko
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On the way up (Street Im Dorfe), about three-quarters of the way is the Café Schafstall. In addition to chilled drinks, there are also hot drinks and cakes as well as lunch! But all this only from Thursday to Sunday and there from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Very nice, with attention to detail, prepared and warmly welcomed. For families with children, there are outdoor play areas - I didn't check the inside - and spacious grounds. Definitely worth a detour from me!
Tip by Johannes
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Anyone who walks up the heap cone via the "stairs to heaven" in the Zechenpark suddenly finds a sofa, armchairs, chairs and a window frame at the top of the vantage point. The traces of a living room - crazy, frost-proof and weatherproof - have created students from Barsinghausen.
Artists from the Noa Noa Art School came up with the idea. From the "outdoor living room" you have a wonderful unobstructed view of the Calenberger Land. The distances to Hanover (20.2 km) and to Lake Steinhude (19.5 km) are engraved on a large stone right next to it.
The view of the Deister and the green colliery park is also beautiful. Anyone who then wonders how the mountain was formed under his feet must realize that it is the result of hard work. It is overburden that comes from the depths of the Deister and was hewn out of the rock during coal mining. Working underground was not easy for the miners. This can be seen and experienced in the visitor mine at the foot of the heap.
Here you can still visit the tunnel where the coal was extracted from the underground until 1957.
The ensemble of colliery, museum, heap and park is a successful mixture of local industrial history to touch, leisure and play landscape as well as art and green culture. The park is located at the foot of the heap in Barsinghausen and is criss-crossed by winding paths. There are beeches and birches to be seen, but also wet corners and rows of bushes.
In his wild nature, he is well suited for romping and playing hide and seek for children. On information boards you can read and see what it used to look like here in the mining era of Barsinghausen with coking plant, coal gasification, coal bunker and cinder block factory. Take a break in the café, which has indoor and outdoor seating.
Tip by Der Heidjer Radler
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