Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) has boasted the first certified ADFC RadReiseRegion (cycling touring region) since March 2016. Within the heathland region of Uelzen on Lüneburger Heide, there are 11 tried-and-tested day tours covering a distance of 438 km which are perfect for day trips or an entire cycling holiday. The tours are themed, i.e. nature trails and routes suitable for holidays with kids or hobby cyclists. The cycling network in the Uelzen heathland region is almost 1,200 km long in total. The bike trails are signposted and day tours are identified with tour symbols. Overview boards throughout the region help cyclists to navigate.
Service for cycle tourists
The excellent rail connections in the region and the free Entdeckerbusse (Explorer Buses), which run from Friday to Sunday from early June to early October, add an extra layer of convenience to cycling holidays. And of course they also transport bicycles, making it possible for tourists to combine bicycle, bus and train rides.
Within the ADFC RadReiseRegion there is a particular focus on service for cyclists: in addition to a comprehensive selection of “normal” rental bikes, in the Uelzen heathland region there are also special bikes available such as handcycles and, of course, e-bikes with 40 free charging points. There are five churches along the cycle routes for rest and reflection.
Sporting activities and information
And for serious cycling enthusiasts, there is the “Stoppomat”, a 10 km bike route with permanently installed time measurement equipment in Suderburg. This “Stoppomat” is unique as it is the first to be installed on a flat route section in Germany. The Uelzen heathland region also boasts an extensive selection of cycling-friendly accommodation.
The Uelzen heathland region website provides information in German about what is on offer for cyclists in the area. This includes a free cycling map, suggestions for electric bicycle tours and the Entdeckerbus (Explorer Bus) timetable.
ADFC RadReiseRegion (cycle touring region)
The heathland region of Uelzen has been certified by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club e.V. (German Cycling Association) as an ADFC RadReiseRegion.