The Alte Land on the Elbe River is gently incorporated within a picturesque landscape between the Hanseatic city of Hamburg and the North Sea. A trip to the maritime Hanseatic cities of Stade and Buxtehude is recommended for all those who long to experience a charming city flair. Its proximity to Hamburg makes the Alte Land an ideal destination for day trips and holidays. A constant companion: the mighty Elbe roaring on its way to the North Sea near Cuxhaven. And if this is not enough, the Alte Land has a variety of activities on offer, as well as cuisine, culture and maritime experiences that can keep you occupied for entire weeks. Sports enthusiasts can best discover the region cycling along the Elbe Cycle Path on the numerous other cycle paths snaking past orchards and dykes.
Two historic Hanseatic cities are ready to welcome their guests in a cosmopolitan, personable and charming manner. You can go shopping in Buxtehude and Stade through narrow streets and past magnificent half-timbered houses, or visit one of the region’s museums. Sightseeing tours of the old towns led by historical figures or guides in rabbit or hedgehog costumes are particularly popular.
The region is a realm of water – from Freiburg an der Elbe to Hamburg or from the Oste to the Este, the journey leads along rivers. Hansekoggen once supplied the Hanseatic cities of Stade and Buxtehude with goods from all over the world. 56 lighthouses guide ships between Hamburg and the Elbe estuary. It’s always show time on the Elbe: container ships, ocean liners, cruise ships, barges or sailing boats can be seen constantly sailing up and down the river. And the Elbe does not stand still for one minute. Ebb and flow, wind and waves paint a new and different picture, over again and again. And there is a fresh North Sea breeze in the air.
Many sailing ships and motor boats also like to head for the Hanseatic cities of Stade and Buxtehude. The attractive harbours for sport boats are romantically situated at the centre of the city, and the disembarking area leads directly to the respective old towns. The smaller maritime harbours in Freiburg and Wischhafen tell the story of Kehdingen’s shipping past. As does the Kehdingen Coastal Shipping Museum in Wischhafen. Incidentally: there are still active shipyards in the region.
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