Cycling is currently experiencing a boom in Lower Saxony – there are many new offers for cross-country cyclists, but also for day trippers.
For example, cyclists can follow the traces of moor farmers and artists on their tours, look over scientists’ shoulders when digging dinosaurs or explore historic water mills. Nationwide, the demand for good day tours is growing, as can be seen from this year’s cycle travel analysis by the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC).
With the “Sieben-Seen-Runde” a new regional route in the region around Cuxhaven was signposted this spring. Over approximately 50 kilometers, the cyclists get to know species-rich wetlands, can climb observation towers or take a break at guarded swimming lakes in the municipality of Schiffdorf.
The country’s economic development Bremen presents three new tours this year. One of them is the 62 kilometer Bremen-Worpswede round “City, Country, Art”. The day trippers cycle through Bremen’s public park, follow old peat canals and pass through the natural and cultural beauties of the Worpswede artists’ colony. “The tour immediately became very popular,” reports Jens Joost-Krüger from Bremen’s business development agency.
Cloppenburg / Vechta
The Wildeshauser Geest nature park – located in the counties of Oldenburg, Cloppenburg, Vechta and Diepholz – has been signposting 20 new day routes since May. “We have always had a bicycle guidance system, but it was getting old,” says Iris Gallmeister. “It was an extensive process.” The tours have different focuses, along the routes you can see forests, fish ponds, historic water mills or picturesque farming villages and large stone tombs.
The “Three Lakes Route” has been redesigned there. At the northern point of the 261-kilometer circuit is the Zwischenahner Meer, at the southernmost of the Dümmer.
The new “Good Route” is all about sustainability and regionalism. Along the way there are, among other things, a shepherd’s farm, a meadow robbery meadow, a reed walkway, a hedgehog museum and courtyard cafes, but also mills, churches and Hünnefeld Castle.
The region has streamlined its themed tours – for example, four dinosaur tours have become a 30-kilometer dinosaur tour. In addition to the Dino Park with its more than 300 Dino footprints, the routes lead cyclists to the Steinhuder Meer, the romantic former spa town of Bad Rehburg and the Loccum monastery.
The Leine-Heide cycle route runs 55 kilometers through the Hildesheim region, so that cyclists can explore the area beyond the river, the tourist experts have developed alternative routes. One detour leads to the center of the half-timbered town of Alfeld, another to stork nests. “We want to bring people to the city,” says Cara Henze.
New control systems
“There are a number of regions in Lower Saxony that are building up a hub system,” explains Karin Werres, the bicycle expert for tourism marketing Lower Saxony. “It originated in Belgium and then spilled over to the Netherlands.”
In the Wildeshauser Geest nature park, the signposting was supplemented by the junction system – “where three paths come together, there is a junction,” says Iris Gallmeister. Cyclists can spontaneously choose a longer or shorter route at such a junction.
Some regions of East Friesland and the Oldenburger Münsterland also rely on the node system. “The feedback is incredibly good,” says Johannes Knuck, Managing Director of Oldenburg. The system is closer, says the managing director of Emsland Touristik, Uwe Carli. By March 2021, it will be introduced across the board in Emsland.
The Bourtanger Moor Nature Park is already covered with the knot system. It is the remains of what was once the largest raised bog in Western Europe. The nature park is crossed by 700 kilometers of bike paths and peppered with 150 nodes.