South of the River Elbe and centrally located between Hamburg and the North Sea lies the “Altes Land”. It is an area of approximately 10,500 hectares of land cultivated with fruit. Thus, this region is the largest contiguous fruit-growing region in Central Europe. The “Altes Land” is widely known for the magical fruit blossom. Over a million visitors come annually to cherry or apple blossom to witness the colorful spectacle of nature.
Over 1,000 kilometers of marked bicycle paths weaving varied cycling on the Elbe Cycle Path or the fruit route and through the woods and fields. In the spring, a trip to the region is well worth an idea. On numerous major and minor river dams you can discover the beauty of the “Altes Land”.
Be delighted by the apple blossom and quaint traditionally-timbered houses along the way. There are numerous small farm shops that offer their fruit picked fresh from the field. Since 2009 the “Radwanderbus” connects the small towns between Stade and Horne castle and takes visitors to the most beautiful sights of the region.
Experience nature at it’s purest
But not only by bike you can also experience the “Altes Land” by extended walk. One recommendation is the tour on the dikes. In the “small town of heights”, just near the green dike, can the fruit blossom be seen from a special perspective.
Whether the Old Town Festival, the regional market with crafts and booths or classical concerts under the stars – the “Altes Land” region has to offer various special events.
Every first Saturday and Sunday of May the “Altländer” celebrate the Altländer bloom blossom festival in York with the coronation of the “Queen of the Altländer flowers”. The end of June or in July is celebrated with the “Altländer cherry week”, when artists and craftsmen
present their products. Fruit farms invite to the “cherry tasting” and garden tours and children may go for a ride on the “little train” and can bake cherry pancakes.