Wümme, © Touristikverband Landkreis Rotenburg zwischen Heide und Nordsee e.V./ P. Welz
© Touristikverband Landkreis Rotenburg zwischen Heide und Nordsee e.V./ P. Welz

Wümme Cycle Route

416 km
This Tour is suitable for
Touring bike
Type of tour
Circular tour
Suitable for

This path takes cyclists on a journey from Lüneburger Heide to Bremen’s district of Vegesack, roughly following the course of the Wümme river. Visitors can take in the typically northern German countryside with its tiny villages and explore the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen on this circular route.

Route and sights

The tour starts in Undeloh and leads cyclists through Lüneburger Heide Nature Reserve, passing places such as Wilsede and Niederhaverbeck and finally reaching Schneverdingen. Here you can explore the shops, museums and the Höpen heath garden, where the heath is in bloom all year round.

Cyclists continue on to Fintel, which is surrounded by moor and heathland, via Osterwede and Haswede. In Fintel, visitors can stop off at the former residence of and memorial to the Low Saxon writer Friedrich Freudenthal before continuing on their way to Scheeßel, where tradition meets modernity. The International Beeke Festival, with performances in traditional costumes, and the Hurricane Festival are held here every year. From here, it is a short ride to Rotenburg an der Wümme, capital of the district of Rotenburg, with its pedestrian zone, culture trail and tiny restaurants.

Cyclists on the south route more or less follow the course of the Wümme river through various tiny villages, forests and meadows and across Borgfelder Wümmewiesen Nature Reserve. The Ahauser Wassermühle (Ahausen Watermill), Bultensee lake and the many small farm cafés and guesthouses along the route all make for excellent stopovers.

Cyclists will ride past Ritterhude, where the Wümme and Hamme rivers flow into the Lesum, and then follow the Lesum to the port in Bremen’s district of Vegesack, where the Lesum and the Weser converge. Take your time and explore these tiny maritime spots before continuing on your journey.

The rather dyked north route once again follows the Lesum and Wümme rivers, leading cyclists through Ritterhude and Lilienthal to the art colony of Fischerhude, which oozes charm and is home to excellent art galleries, making it a popular tourist attraction with the locals in Bremen.

Cycle past Ottersberg Town Hall and the Heimathaus museum in Sottrum, then pass through Rotenburg and Scheeßel once more and you will reach the highlight of the final stage: the LandPark Lauenbrück zoo and landscape garden. Cyclists then pass through Königsmoor, the municipality of Otter, the mill in Kampen and the Planetenlehrpfad (Planet Educational Trail) in Handeloh. They then reach their final destination in Undeloh.

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Heide-Shuttle - free bus with bicycle trailer

In the summer season between 15 July and 15 October, visitors can explore the traditional heathland of Lüneburger Heide by taking one of four circular bus routes. The buses can carry 14 bicycles (provided there is enough space), and run non-stop every weekday plus Sundays and bank holidays. The Heide-Shuttle connects the individual locations 6 to 8 times a day between 9 am and 7 pm.

Logo Wümme-Radweg


The Tour is continuously signposted with this standardised logo


The specifics of the tour

The alternative route, which runs straight across the Lüneburger Heide Nature Reserve from Wilsede, takes cyclists to Wilseder Berg, the highest point on Lüneburger Heide at 169 m above sea level, and then to the Walderlebniszentrum Ehrhorn (Ehrhorn Forest Visitor Centre).

At the Kuhsiel lock near Lilienthal, visitors can take a detour to the centre of the Hanseatic city of Bremen by following the Radfernweg Hamburg-Bremen (Hamburg-Bremen Long-Distance Cycle Path). Cyclists can also visit Bremen from Bremen-Vegesack by crossing the Weser river on the ferry and following the Weserradweg cycle path.

your contact

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Radfernweg Hamburg – Bremen c/o Touristikverband Landkreis Rotenburg (Wümme) e.V

Harburger Str. 59
27356 Rotenburg (Wümme)
Phone: +49 (0) 4261 / 81960