Where marsh and geest meet, the Alte Postweg meanders along the "Hoher Lieth" mountain range through enchanting moors, stunning forests and picturesque wide meadows. On the historical tracks of royal post riders, you'll follow the varied cycle path through the Cuxland to the south.
The Alte Postweg was used in the 18th century by post riders traveling on behalf of the Electors of Hanover. At that time, the princes of the region were in a personal union with the kings of England and therefore lived in London. Therefore, official mail had to go along way, working its way to Cuxhaven before a boat would take it on to England. Today's cycle path follows almost the entire route through northern Germany. Along the route, you will always find information boards informing you about the history of the trail and the nearby sights.
The 50-mile long (80 kilometers) "Alter Postweg" cycle path starts in Cuxhaven and takes you in two stages via Bremerhaven to Heine, where it ends. Getting to the starting point is possible on the train, and the first stage destination — Bremerhaven — is also connected to the public transport network should you only want to do the first stage. As you go, you'll find good accommodation options available in all price brackets. At the end of the cycle path in Heine, you can either stay overnight in the hotel or cycle to the train station in Oldenbüttel, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away. So you know where to go, we present that optional add-on as a separate Tour below.
The cycle paths on the Alte Postweg are not all asphalted. Sometimes, you'll cycle along narrow paths, which are still good to ride on in dry weather. These sections take you straight back to the time of the post riders with their original charm — a truly unforgettable adventure.
The Alte Postweg starts in the castle garden of Cuxhaven. Here you can visit the beautiful castle Ritzebüttel before the bike tour and stop at the castle café. Freshly strengthened, the 49-kilometer first leg from Cuxhaven to Bremerhaven can begin.On a flat stretch you cycle comfortably out of the city and dive into the beautiful nature of Northern Germany. Here, the ride on the Old Post Road is a bit more adventurous, because some sections of the bike path are not tarred and quite narrow. But the paths are easy to navigate and let you experience nature firsthand.After a few kilometers you will come through Nordholz. There are not only countless cafes, restaurants and supermarkets where you can fortify yourself, but also all sorts of aviation. Two naval aviation squadrons are stationed here and the German airship and naval aviation museum Aeronauticum invites you to visit.Behind Nordholz, the cycle path leads you back through the vast field and meadow landscape that is so typical of the North Sea coastal region. A few short passages through woods and along forest edges provide variety and on sunny days for a little cool shade. You can also cool off at the Sieverner See lake, which lies about 15 kilometers before the finish. At a rest you can hop into the cool water here and provide you with snacks at the kiosk.Cooled, rested and strengthened, it then goes on the last, also flat kilometers into the stage destination Bremerhaven. In the city at the mouth of the Weser, you can end the day wonderfully at the harbor, while admiring ships, enjoy the hustle and bustle or comfortably in a harbor café.
The second stage takes you 37 kilometers from Bremerhaven to Heine. The route is mostly flat like the day before. On the first few kilometers you cycle through Bremerhaven to the south. You will pass the fishing port, where you can directly take a break. If you have not had breakfast yet, many cafes and restaurants offer you the opportunity to do so.After crossing the Alte Lune behind the fishing port, you are in the middle of nature. The bike path takes you through wide meadows, over the Lune, through the town of Stotel and into the Hahnenknooper and Börstener Moor. Here beautiful forest passages waiting for you, which provide for picture-perfect variety.Hagen in Bremen is the last bigger place before the stage destination. Here you can take a break and treat yourself to a piece of cake in a café. A visit to the castle to Hagen is interesting. From Hagen you will then cycle the last few kilometers on the Old Post Road towards Heine. You pass through several villages, pass meadows and fields and pass shady forests.Shortly after Heine ends the old post office and you have reached the milestone. Here is also the Melkhus where you can sit down and eat a delicious homemade ice cream - a great end to the two days on the Old Post Office.
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To return home from the Alte Postweg, you should cycle to the nearest station in Oldenbüttel. The route is simple, flat and about 16 kilometers long. So that you can find the way easily, we show it to you in this tour. Of course, we have also incorporated a few highlights that you can enjoy on the go. It is best to spend a little time so that you can stop off in one of the restaurants along the route or swim a swim at the lake.