As if on a string of pearls, magnificent stretches of nature lined up along the Aller Cycle Route are a wealth of historical highlights and towns and villages worth seeing. On the way you can enjoy wonderful alluvial landscapes, idyllic heath landscapes and valuable nature reserves. The residential town of Celle, the windmill town of Gifhorn or the Autostadt Wolfsburg, on the other hand, are just a few of the many interesting, exciting and absolutely worth seeing stage destinations that contribute to the fact that this long-distance cycle route is highly recommended in the ADFC brochure "Discovering Germany by bike".
The long-distance cycle route runs along the Aller from its mouth into the Weser near Verden to the idyllic spring in the small town of Eggenstedt. As an alternative end (stage 6) the Aller-Elbe-Radweg from Seggerde connects the Aller with the Elbe and takes you directly to Magdeburg.
The Aller cycle path crosses the Aller-Leine valley, the Südheide heath and the Drömling mainly quiet landscapes and largely flat terrain, so that extremely enjoyable stages await you. Towards the end of the tour alone, the somewhat more undulating terrain of the Flechtinger Höhenzug provides some variety. The route usually runs car-free over asphalted and occasionally water-bound sections.
No matter whether you decide to follow the Aller cycle path to the source in Eggenstedt or to turn off in the direction of the Elbe to Magdeburg - this cycle path is a wonderful experience and we wish you lots of fun.
The Aller cycle path begins in Verden, at the confluence of the Aller and the Weser. Verden is a really nice starting point for a stage trip and it is worthwhile to plan a little more time for this place. So before we start, there is already a lot to discover in and around Verden. Verden has a beautiful city center, an imposing cathedral, the oldest brick church in Northern Germany and all kinds of interesting museums, such as the German Horse Museum or the Historical Museum.When you have seen Verden in peace, the beautiful tour on the Aller cycle path starts. Along the route there are always interesting stopovers that are worth taking a short detour. You can combine a tour on the Aller cycle path with a ride on the museum railway from Verden to Stemmen, try the solar ferry over the Aller near Dörverden or visit the Ehmken Hoff cultural property in Dörverden, where you will find two historic farmhouses including a bakery and an interesting NABU - Expect exhibition.Today you cycle mostly flat along the Aller Cycle Path, so that you can take a break or two. You drive through beautiful meadows, idyllic moors and shady forests - there is also variety in the landscape. Shortly before the stage destination, there is another small cultural stop: You can see the imposing Bothmer Mill from afar and, by arrangement and on regular mill days, you can also look at it from the inside. In the “Old Village School Bothmer” you will learn everything about everyday school life in the days of the Kaiser before you can relax in the cozy stage destination Schwarmstedt. For dinner, we recommend regional specialties such as asparagus, buckwheat cake or delicious buckwheat pancakes.
After a quiet night in the state-recognized resort of Schwarmstedt, you start rested on the second stage of the Aller cycle path, which leads through the Allerauen in a wonderfully idyllic way. With a bit of luck you can observe a heron colony here or take a look at a family of white storks. And there are also some animal encounters on land: The only bison herd in northern Germany lives in Essel - if they are not hiding, you can watch the bison graze.After so much nature, you can look forward to a cultural stop at Wietze. Right next to the bike path is the 54 meter high "Mount of Olives", from which you have a great view of the surrounding area. Granted, getting up there will make you sweat a bit, but it's worth it. In addition, you will learn something about Wietze's past, because the Mount of Olives dates from the time of oil extraction, which was carried out here until 1963. Today the mountain of washed-out oil sand and an interesting museum bear witness to this time. This is located in nearby Wietze, and if you feel like it, the little detour is worthwhile.After you have continued to follow the idyllic course of the Aller, you will reach the next highlight in Winsen. Here you can visit a rural courtyard from the 17th century and refresh yourself in the adjoining beer garden, before cycling through quiet meadows, moors and shady forests towards the destination.The residential town of Celle is ideal to end the day. The listed old town with over 500 historic half-timbered houses alone will amaze you. The impressive Welfenschloss is worth a visit and if you just want to put your feet up, you can enjoy a boat tour that is waiting for you in the port of Celle.
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If you start in Celle, you can take another look at the magnificent castle and cycle through the impressive historic old town before you find yourself back on the quiet, idyllic bike path, which also offers you a nice mix of nature experience on the third stage and cultural stops.You can reach such a cultural highlight after just under twelve kilometers when you pass the monastery in Wienhausen. The historic monastery buildings from the 13th century have largely been preserved and still serve as the center of life for the nuns who live there. If you are interested, you can lead you through the old walls and let them show you the unique art treasures of the monastery.It is less spiritual, but just as quiet as it continues on the Aller cycle path, on which beautiful floodplain landscape alternates with leisurely through town crossings. In Müden it is worth planning a longer stop again. Because here the Oker flows into the Aller and it is simply relaxing to watch the water masses merge. You have the best view of the water from the beautiful rest area with barbecue area and jetty and you can comfortably treat yourself to a snack that you have brought with you before you continue.If you cycle towards Gifhorn, you can already guess on the horizon why this city is also called "Mühlenstadt". In the huge open-air museum on the outskirts of the city there are 16 large windmills from all over the world - a visit to the museum is a nice end to the third stage on the Aller cycle path. If you arrive late or don't feel like visiting a museum anymore, the cozy half-timbered old town of Gifhorn invites you to stroll. In the numerous restaurants you can enjoy typical dishes of the region, such as asparagus, Heidschnuck or goat specialties.
The start of the fourth stage along the Aller cycle path is characterized by beautiful meadow landscapes and beautiful wetlands. You cycle past various small lakes and cross idyllic nature reserves where you can watch rare birds or watch tail cattle and Konik ponies grazing.From Fallersleben the character of the tour changes and it becomes increasingly urban. And there is a lot to see. Historic castles, exciting museums and of course the world-famous VW factories - there is so much to discover in Wolfsburg that it is worth taking a longer break.As soon as you have cycled out of town, it will be quiet again. Again you drive through a wonderfully quiet forest and meadow landscape until you reach Oebisfelde. If you cross the Aller shortly beforehand, you will also cross the border from Lower Saxony to Saxony-Anhalt. For decades, the Aller represented the German-German border, which is remembered by signs and a small memorial in front of the city gates.In Oebisfelde you can enjoy the tranquility of the small town in a cozy hotel or a small restaurant. If you are still in the mood for culture, you can take a short detour to the “swamp castle”, near which you will also find an inn and a beer garden.
There is a lot to discover on the fifth stage of the Aller cycle path. On the one hand, you will pass many historical buildings that are worth visiting. On the other hand, you can learn a lot about the German-German division, because you repeatedly pass former border towns with many contemporary witnesses of recent German history.After starting in Oebisfelde, Weferlingen is ideal for a first break. Here you can visit the remarkable St. Lamberti Church and the mausoleum of Margrave Friedrich Christian von Kulmbach-Bayreuth and enjoy the great view from the keep “Grauer Hermann” over the Allertal. In addition, the local history and pharmacy museum invites you to an educational stop.Taking a break here and there can be a good idea today anyway. Because the last stage along the Aller cycle path is not only the longest, today you will also climb the most vertical meters on the way to the source of the river during the entire tour. The bike path leads you again and again to the small hills along the Aller, which in return ensures variety and beautiful foresight.The next extensive cultural stop is already waiting for you in Marienborn. The idyllic place is Germany's oldest place of pilgrimage. In addition, the former Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing and the German Division Memorial are absolutely worth seeing.After this contemplative stop, the tour along the Aller is slowly coming to an end. You have reached your destination in Eggenstedt. This is where the Aller cycle path has its origin and with it, of course, the river it follows. At the Allerquelle you can enjoy the silence again and review the wonderful moments of the stages before you start your way home. If you like, you can also continue cycling and continue your ride on the Harz circular path or the Aller-Harz cycle path.
The alternative end of the Aller-Radweg (the Aller-Elbe-Radweg) connects the Aller with the Elbe and thus the Aller-Radweg with the Elbe-Radweg. Instead of at the Aller-Quelle your tour ends thus at the gates of Magdeburg.On the way you will pass historic castles, fortifications and romantic landscape parks, so that there are always nice and informative breaks. A special highlight is the more than 1000 years old historic city Haldensleben. Here a bulging cultural calendar invites you to linger, the old half-timbered houses and cobbled streets in the city center are also worth a stop. Since this stage is very long at almost 80 kilometers, Haldensleben also offers an intermediate stage. Accommodations are plentiful here.At the end of the tour, you will have access to the Elbe Cycle Route, which will take you to Magdeburg. In one of the oldest cities of the eastern states, you can spend some time here to linger. There is a lot to see in the big city. Magdeburg has excellent transport connections both to the network of Deutsche Bahn, as well as the nearby A2 motorway, so that the journey home from here is a breeze.