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 starts in Verden, at the confluence of the Aller and the Weser. Verden is a really nice starting point for a stage trip and it's worth spending a little more time for this place. Before you start, there is plenty to discover in and around Verden. Verden has a beautiful inner city, 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.If you have looked at Verden in peace, the beautiful tour starts on the Aller bike path. Along the route, there are always interesting stopovers for which a short detour is worthwhile. So 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 across the Aller at Dörverden or the cultural asset Ehmken Hoff in Dörverden, where you find two historic farmhouses, including Backhaus and an interesting NABU Expect exhibition.Along the Aller-Radweg you cycle mostly flat today, so you can afford one or the other break quietly. You drive through beautiful meadow landscape, idyllic bogs and shady forests - also landscaped is provided for variety. Shortly before the stage destination, then offers a little more cultural stop: You can see the imposing Bothmer mill from afar and you can see them by appointment and on regular mill days also from the inside. In the "Old Village School Bothmer" you learn everything about the school life at the time of Emperor, before you come to rest in the cozy milestone Schwarmstedt. For dinner we recommend regional specialties, such as asparagus, buckwheat cake or delicious buckwheat pancakes.
After a quiet night in the state-approved resort town of Schwarmstedt, you will start well rested into the second stage of the Aller Cycle Path, which leads you through the idyllic countryside. With a bit of luck you can watch a heron colony or take a look at a white stork family. And even on land some animal encounters are waiting for you: In Essel lives the only bison herd in northern Germany - if they do not hide, 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 "Ölberg", from where you have a great view of the surrounding area. Granted, getting there will make you sweat a bit, but it's worth it. By the way, you learn something about the past of Wietze, because the Mount of Olives dates back to the time of oil extraction, which was carried out here until 1963. Today, the mountain of washed-out oil sands and an interesting museum of that time testify. This is located in nearby Wietze, and if you feel like it, worth the little detour.After you have followed the idyllic course of the Aller, you will reach the next highlight in Winsen. Here you can visit a rural farmstead from the 17th century and refresh yourself in the adjacent beer garden, before you cycle through quiet meadows, bogs and shady forest on towards the stage destination.The royal town of Celle is a great place to end the day. Just the listed old town with over 500 historic half-timbered houses will astonish you. The impressive Welfen Castle is worth a visit, and if you just want to put your feet up, you can enjoy a boat cruise waiting for you in the port of Celle.
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If you start in Celle, you can once again take a look at the magnificent castle and cycle through the impressive historic old town, before you are back on the quiet, idyllic bike path, which also presents you on the third stage with a beautiful mix of nature experience and cultural stopovers.Just about a cultural highlight you reach after just under twelve kilometers, if you pass the monastery in Wienhausen. The historic monastery buildings from the 13th century are largely preserved and are still used today by the living nuns as a center of life. If you are interested, you can guide them through the old walls and show you the unique art treasures of the monastery.Less mentally, but it is just as quiet in the further course on the Aller cycle path, on which alternate beautiful meadow landscape with cozy village crossings. In the tired it is worthwhile again to schedule a longer stop. Because here the Oker flows into the Aller and it is simply relaxing to watch the merging masses of water. From the beautiful rest area with barbecue area and jetty you have the best view of the water and you can treat yourself to a brought snack before moving on.If you blame on Gifhorn, you can already guess on the horizon why this city is also called "mill city". In the huge open-air museum on the outskirts of the city 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 too late or are tired of a museum, the cozy half-timbered old town of Gifhorn invites you to take a stroll. In the numerous restaurants you can enjoy typical dishes of the region, such as asparagus, Heidschnucken or goat specialties.
The prelude to the fourth stage along the Aller cycle path is characterized by beautiful meadows and beautiful wetlands. You cycle past various small lakes and cross idyllic nature reserves where you can watch rare birds or watch cattle and conic ponies graze.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 works - in Wolfsburg there is so much to discover that it pays to think about a longer break.As soon as you get out of the city, it gets quiet again. Again you drive through wonderfully quiet forest and meadow landscape until you reach Oebisfelde. If you cross the Aller shortly before you cross the border from Lower Saxony to Saxony-Anhalt at the same time. The Aller presented here for decades the German-German border, what signs and a small memorial at the gates of the city remember.In Oebisfelde you can enjoy the tranquility of the small town in a cozy hotel or a small restaurant. If you still feel like culture, make a short detour to the "swamp castle", near which you will also find an inn and a beer garden.
There is much to discover on the fifth stage of the Aller-Radweg. On the one hand, you pass many historic buildings that are worth visiting. On the other hand, you can learn a lot about the German-German division, because you pass again and again former border town with many contemporary witnesses of recent German history.After the start in Oebisfelde Weferlingen offers for a first break. Here you can visit the remarkable St. Lamberti Church and the mausoleum of the Margrave Friedrich Christian von Kulmbach-Bayreuth and enjoy the great view from the keep "Grauer Hermann" to the Allertal. In addition, the home and pharmacy museum invites you to an instructive stop.Taking a break here and there can be a good idea anyway today. Because the last stage along the Aller-Radweg is not only the longest, today you will climb the most altitude on the way to the source of the river. The bike path leads you again and again to the small hills along the Aller, which in return ensures variety and beautiful vision.The next extensive cultural stop is already waiting for you in Marienborn. The idyllic village is Germany's oldest place of pilgrimage. In addition, the former border crossing Helmstedt-Marienborn and the memorial Deutsche Teilung are absolutely worth seeing.After this contemplative stop, the tour along the Aller slowly comes to an end. In Eggenstedt you have reached your goal. Here the Aller-Radweg has its origin and with it, of course, the river that it follows. At the Allerquelle, you can once again enjoy the silence and reflect on the wonderful moments of the stages you have covered, before you head home. If you like, you can also continue cycling and continue on the Harzrundweg or the Aller-Harz-Radweg.
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.