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.

Further information can be found on the website, or on Facebook and Instagram.

Stade und Buxtehude

Buxtehude

How about taking a trip to Buxtehude? Known as a fairytale city, Buxtehude is located in the Alte Land holiday region on the Elbe River. It is a good place for a relaxing holiday, days out full of variety and for short excursions.

There is, for example, the historic old town with its half-timbered houses and St. Peter’s Church from the Hanseatic era. In addition, it is wonderfully pleasant to wander through the narrow streets and along the romantic canal system with the flat-bottomed cargo barge Margareta.

Stade

Where ships were unloaded many years ago, goods were weighed and left to wait at customs clearance before continuing on their journey, today you can find small specialist shops, cosy pubs and cafes directly on the waterfront. The Hanseatic harbour at the centre of the beautiful old town with the Elbe sailing barge “Willi” or the city harbour with the museum ship “Greundiek” and the boats moored there, show that Stade’s traditional connection with water and shipping still remains alive.

Schwedenspeicher Museum and the Kunsthaus Stade are located in the midst of this maritime ensemble. The museum is located in the former Swedish merchant and provisions house, situated directly on the old Hanseatic harbour. You can learn about the history of the city and its archaeology here, as well as about the world of the Hanseatic League.

The Hanseatic city of Stade is shaped by its history spanning more than 1000 years, and it has retained its historical appearance to this day – but at the same time it also combines the old with the new. The enchanting half-timbered town therefore offers a lot of sights, including an open-air museum. In addition, of course, a multitude of maritime offers are available, from sailing on the canal boat, a Venetian gondola, the natural adventure ship Tidenkieker, to excursions on the Schwinge and the Elbe.

Further information can be found on the website.

Stade und Buxtehude

Cast off in Stade and Buxtehude!

Stade district (Alte Land)

The Alte Land on the Elbe River is gently incorporated within a picturesque landscape between the Hanseatic city of Hamburg and the North Sea. The name for the holiday region at the gates of Hamburg came from the largest contiguous fruit-growing region in Northern Europe, the Alte Land orchard.
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. The mighty Elbe is a constant companion  on its way to the North Sea near Cuxhaven. And if a short holiday 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 by cycling along the Elbe Cycle Path.

Tourist information at Stade Harbour
Hansestrasse16
21682 Stade
Phone: +49 4141 776980
E-Mail: info@stade-tourismus.de
Homepage: www.stade-tourismus.de

Buxtehude Service Centre for Culture & Tourism
Town Hall / Breite Strasse 2
21614 Buxtehude
Phone: +49 4161 501-2345
E-Mail: stadtinfo@stadt.buxtehude.de
Homepage: www.buxtehude.de/tourismus

Further information about the Alte Land can be found on the website, and also on Facebook or Instagram.

Region Altes Land_Stade
Photo Credit: Twins, Martin Elsen, Janina Possel, Daniela Ponath Fotografie, madebyline