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The Lüneburg Heath St. James' Way route

St. James' Way: Lüneburg Heath – where serenity provides strength for new things

Embarking on a journey of self-discovery: these days pilgrimages are about more than just "praying with your feet". They make you apply the brakes and rediscover a slow yet soothing pace, while readjusting to the tranquil setting and exploring new things. The St. James' Way route across Lüneburg Heath is a prime example of this.

In spring, visitors marvel at the cotton grass blossoms, creating a fluffy layer of white over the 8,000 year-old moor. See the unique heather blossoms in summer, get a sense of that Indian summer feeling when autumn paints its rainbow of colours and enter into the treasured tranquillity of winter: the nature on Lüneburg Heath moves visitors all year round, so the St. James' Way pilgrimage across Lüneburg Heath is always an experience. A total of 50 pilgrim badges were found in 2000, prompting the revival of the medieval route. Today the yellow scallop shell on a blue background takes pilgrims to historic sites with silent witnesses to the past: burial mounds, churches, abbeys and monasteries, to name just a few. And through tranquil forests and along heath streams with impressively clear water, through mellow lilac heaths, where onlookers become absorbed in thought. The St. James' Way pilgrimage through Lüneburg Heath starts at St. James' Church in Hamburg, visited by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela since 1255. In Soltau, which boasts the only stave church in northern Germany, pilgrims must make a choice: should they take the path via Walsrode/Walsrode Abbey through the Aller-Leine Valley or the route through Südheide Nature Park, past Wienhausen Abbey and through the residence city of Celle? Regardless of the route taken, the surrounding serenity brings visitors renewed strength for the return to everyday life at the end of the pilgrimage.

St. James' Way: Lüneburg Heath

Total length of route (both routes): approx. 390 km

Route from Soltau via Walsrode and through the Aller-Leine Valley to Mandelsloh, ending at Mariensee Convent: 4 daily stages

Route from Soltau through Südheide Nature Park, via Wienhausen and Celle to Mandelsloh, ending at Mariensee Convent: 10 daily stages

Pilgrim hostels along the route?: Yes

Starts: Hamburg

Ends: Mariensee Convent

Arrival options: Hamburg Central Station

Departure options: Celle

About the route: easily accessible, slight elevation

For accommodation (advance booking recommended)

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There is no doubt that the three buildings belonging to the Hamburg Kunsthalle house one of the most important public art collections in Germany: perhaps the best place to discover connections, developments and trends in seven centuries of art history. The permanent exhibition of more than 700 works and alternating displays from the museum's holdings offer a unique insight into art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Every one of the museum's collections is important in its own right but in combination they have an immense impact. The museum presents the medieval altars of Master Bertram and Master Francke, 17th century Dutch paintings and 19th century German paintings with extensive groups of works by Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Adolph Menzel and Max Liebermann. Works of the Classical Modernist period include paintings and sculptures by Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz and Max Ernst. The contemporary art section features alternating exhibitions, which have included Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Mona Hatoum and Jenny Holzer. The Department of Prints and Drawings comprises more than 120,000 works and is a museum in its own right. The Kunsthalle also runs the 'Museum At Home' initiative where art historians give their expert opinion on paintings (on canvas and wood), drawings and prints for a small fee.

Datele următoarelor reprezentaţii:

13.08.2019 - 05.01.2020

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Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall 1
20095 Hamburg

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The people of Hamburg know how to party. Not once but three times a year they team up with visitors for northern Germany's biggest funfair – which lasts a whole 30 days. For almost a month in spring, summer and winter, people flock to Heiligengeistfeld in Hamburg to enjoy fairground rides, food and drink, and shows. There are reduced prices for families on Wednesdays – and attention turns skywards on Fridays for the massive fireworks display.

Datele următoarelor reprezentaţii:

08.11.2019 - 08.12.2019

27.03.2020 - 26.04.2020

24.07.2020 - 23.08.2020

06.11.2020 - 06.12.2020

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20359 Hamburg

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