Familie paddelt auf der Este
© Tourismusverband LK Stade/Elbe e. V. / Susanne Seemann


16 km
Duration of the tour
Multi-day tours available
Suitable for
Recommended months for a canoe tour: Optimal, Possible, Limited

The source of the Este river is situated to the south of the municipality of Welle. Its mouth converges with the Elbe river in Cranz in the Altes Land region. The varied route between the municipalities of Hollenstedt and Moisburg makes this a fast-paced two-hour canoe trip. Rushing torrents and a few small rapids make this stretch of the route an adventure. For nature conservation reasons however, the only way to travel along this section of the Este during Ascension and Pentecost is on a kayak ride. Please follow the latest nature conservation instructions on our website or contact your canoe trip operator for more information. The stretch along the Este between Moisburg and Buxtehude is perfect for beginners and particularly scenic. This canoe tour ends in the Hanseatic town of Buxtehude.

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Nature conservation and navigation instructions

Canoe tours are only permitted between 9 am and 6 pm. Do not paddle against the current. Navigating the Este on boats more than 1 m in width and 5.50 m in length or on rafts is forbidden. Special rule for Ascension and Pentecost (Sat, Sun, Mon): kayak trips are the only activity permitted on the Este. Canoe tours are not allowed on these days.

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Tourismusverband Landkreis Stade/Elbe e. V.

Kirchenstieg 30
21720 Grünendeich
Phone: +49 (0) 4142 / 889760