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Ilmenau Cycle Route Lüneburg Heath - Along the Ilmenau through Lüneburg Heath

Explore nature’s trail on secluded paths as you cycle through Lüneburg Heath en route to the Elbe river.

On quiet paths, away from busy roads, the route traverses the habitat of numerous rare plant and animal species and passes through historical heathland villages with idyllic medieval houses. It runs along the banks of the river for much of the way, but also uses unmade trails and paths that are off the beaten track. There is lots to see in the towns as well, such as the Hundertwasser train station in Uelzen and the old quarter of Hanseatic Lüneburg. Another highlight is the ride along the Ilmenau Canal, where, depending on the time of year, you can spot white storks, lapwings and many other types of bird.

Terrain: although the route is flat and on asphalt for most of the way, you will frequently come across sections that use unmade paths. A robust touring bike, mountain bike or trekking bike is recommended.

Scenery: close-to-nature route that runs through the nature reserves and conservation areas of Lüneburg Heath, with the Ilmenau river a regular feature.

  • Length: 122 km
  • Starts: Bad Bodenteich/Hösseringen |
  • Ends: Hoopte
  • Lüneburg 58 km | Uelzen 46 km
  • About the route: mainly flat, easily managed by children

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