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Lower Saxony Asparagus Route – A epicurean tour through asparagus country

Lower Saxony Asparagus Route – A epicurean tour through asparagus country

In Germany every fifth spear of asparagus is grown in the asparagus-growing state of Lower Saxony. The 750 km Lower Saxony Asparagus Route takes visitors on a gourmet tour through the asparagus growing regions of Braunschweig, Hannover and Umland, Lüneburg Heath, the Mittelweser and Oldenburg Münsterland. The signposted route starts and ends in Burgdorf and runs parallel to the Asparagus Cycling Trail.

Motorways are practical; they generally get us from A to B pretty fast. Shame then that they often also cause us to miss out on local gems. Sometimes, it's worth making the time to stop and stare: when you pass through asparagus country, step off the beaten track and plunge right into the green heart of Lower Saxony. The Lower Saxony Asparagus Route tells the tale of a real culinary success story!

Asparagus as far as the eye can see

The asparagus fields are a dominant feature of the region's landscape from as early as March, with the spears themselves being harvested from the end of April to the end of June (Midsummer's Day), depending on the weather. Once the harvest is over, the green plants and red berries mean the asparagus fields are still easily recognisable well into the autumn. The harvest season, when the asparagus is cut, sold and served in a variety of different ways in local restaurants, is a particularly interesting time for visitors.

So much to do and see even once asparagus season is over

For over ten years, the Lower Saxony Asparagus Route has been synonymous with high-quality asparagus, charming countryside and idyllic heathlands, wild fens, interesting attractions, magnificent festivals, markets and special events. In fact, there's so much to see and do here, it's even worth visiting when asparagus season is over.

Useful and delicious

Asparagus is one of the oldest plant crops and was even known to the Ancient Egyptians. Its history can be traced back from the Romans and right up to the present day. What's more, its medicinal properties have always been highly-prized. Growing asparagus is a lengthy, painstaking process, however, enjoying it couldn't be easier: asparagus goes well with any number of side dishes, sauces and even on its own.

Lower Saxony Asparagus Route

Length: approximately 750 km

Theme: the culture and nature of the Lower Saxony asparagus regions

Highlights:
Ahnsbeck: village chapel, bakehouse
Bruchhausen-Vilsen: heritage railway (Museums-Eisenbahn)
Burgdorf: medieval asparagus town, the Asparagus Collection (Spargelsammlung)
Cloppenburg: open-air museum
Hoya: State Riding School
Nienburg: Asparagus Museum (Spargelmuseum), Asparagus Queen Pageant
Landesbergen: the Radler-Scheune barn, trains for wedding ceremonies
Rehden: sheep farm, Western-style ranch (Westernreithof)
Uetze: Erse theme park, trestle windmill

www.niedersaechsische-spargelstrasse.de

Events
Live music in circus tents, outdoor art on the banks of the Weser river, jugglers and entertainers, imaginative children's games, open-air cinema, theatre, dance, readings by authors etc.
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Upcoming dates:

05.07.2017 - 09.07.2017

Venue

Weserufer/Osterdeich
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28195 Bremen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

The Breminale, the huge arts festival in Germany's smallest federal state Bremen, has been held on the Weser riverbank every summer for around 25 years. Excitement reaches fever pitch in the red and white striped tents, on and around the stages and everywhere else on this festival site which stretches for almost a kilometre, as around 100 bands entertain hundreds of thousands of visitors with an extremely diverse and thrilling programme.

This Weser riverbank festival is a success story – and the reputation built up by the Breminale over the last few decades is fully deserved. It's not a complicated formula but the secret lies in engaging top-class artists and constantly coming up with fresh ideas and surprises for people walking to and from the stages. Right through from midday to late at night, jugglers and entertainers, independent theatre troupes and traders, outdoor art, a children's programme, an open-air big screen, dance, literature and readings are as much part of the festival as a vast array of international food and drink. It's the mix of different cultural strands that makes the Breminale atmosphere unique. Perhaps the free admission to every event makes everything just a touch sweeter and contributes to the light and airy festival vibe. Ever increasing visitor numbers are the best recommendation.

Upcoming dates:

05.07.2017 - 09.07.2017

Venue

Festivalgelände
Osterdeich 79-80
28205 Bremen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
An exclusive concert weekend featuring the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Bremen in Knoops Park on the banks of the River Lesum.
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Upcoming dates:

11.08.2017 - 13.08.2017

Venue

Knoops Park
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28195 Bremen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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