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Leine-Heide Cycle Route - Along the Leine to Lüneburg Heath

From the Leinebergland and through Lüneburg Heath to Hamburg: the Leine-Heide Cycle Route runs through a diverse mix of countryside, towns and cities. Traces of the region’s history are never too far away.

The countryside around the source of the river in Thuringia’s Eichsfeld region is dominated by densely wooded ridges. Your route follows the course of the river through small towns and along the former border between East and West Germany. After the university town of Göttingen, you pass through medieval Northeim with its puppet theatre. Then you come to the Northeim lakes, a great place for an invigorating dip. The river Leine continues through Hannover and into the countryside around Lake Steinhude and the Aller-Leine valley with its forests and moorland. The route then leads through the picturesque Lüneburg Heath towards Hamburg.

Terrain: the Leine-Heide Cycle Route runs mainly on asphalt tracks and country roads, as well as on woodland trails, farm tracks and paths covered with crushed brick/stone. Hilly in parts, the route is not always car-free.

Scenery: a varied landscape of hills and peaks, Northeim lakes, the North German Plain, river scenery in the Aller-Leine valley, Lüneburg Heath with Wilsede hill and typical heathland, urban buzz of Hamburg.

  • Length: 410 km
  • Starts: Leinefeld
  • Ends: Hamburg
  • Göttingen 40 km | Hamburg
  • About the route:mainly flat, hilly in parts, majority of route suitable for trailers

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