Heading for the hills: Lower Saxony’s waterways, bike paths and motorcycle routes.
Along the Weser river through the foothills of Lower Saxony
The picturesque landscape of Weserbergland makes up the foothills of the North German highlands. Its hilly scenery and dense forest are truly captivating, as is exemplified by the Solling-Vogler Nature Park. The region between Hann. Münden and Porta Westfalica is named after the river fed by the inflows of the Werra and Fulda rivers: the Weser. The varied landscape of valleys and mountains in the Lower Saxon highlands attract cyclists, hikers and bikers from all over the state, with cycling being the most popular activity among active tourists in the region.
The B1 and B3 roads provide quick access to the region, while the diverse landscape along these routes fills visitors with anticipation as they approach this special part of Lower Saxony. Cyclists visiting the area are rewarded with endless nature reserves and beautiful, winding mountain passes, while those seeking a more relaxing experience can soak up the scenery on a boat trip. The Weser passes by the Imperial Abbey of Corvey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Fürstenberg Castle porcelain factory. The river then flows through the towns of Bad Karlshafen, Bodenwerder and Hamelin, granting passengers a whole new perspective of Weserbergland. Passing old palaces, steep, rocky slopes and untouched forest, the region’s waterways, bike paths and motorcycle routes bring visitors closer to nature than ever before.
Motorcycle or bike – traversing the Lower Saxon highlands on two wheels
The mountain landscape in the regions by the Weser is known for being explorable from the saddle - not on horseback, but rather by motorbike or bicycle. As well as the famous Weser cycle path, Weserbergland is home to countless additional routes for cyclists and mountain bikers. Whether bombing through the forest or meandering alongside the Weser river, the region’s cycle routes lead visitors past sights such as the breathtaking Weser Skywalk and the Hannoversche Klippen cliffs.
Those looking to venture further can take on the long-distance Märchenlandradrundweg route or follow some of Europaradweg D-Route 3, which runs from west to east. Visitors who favour the motorised version can make use of the popular motorcycle routes in the region by the Harz Mountains. The Köterberg, the highest peak from there to the North Sea, is especially popular among bikers who use it as a meeting point where they can enjoy panoramic views stretching up to 80 km over the green expanses of Weserbergland. Those who prefer shorter distances can head for destinations such as Schillat Cave in Hessisch Oldendorf or Tonen Castle in Höxter-Albaxen. Whether powered by pedals or petrol, a tour through Weserbergland is an unforgettable experience.