Holiday Park; In the countryside; Near water
The fruit-growing area "Das Alte Land' has a long and rich history. It stretches from the Süderelbe (Southern Elbe) at Moorburg (adjacent to Hamburg) to the Schwinge River of Stade. The German name is "Olland" which refers to the colonization by Dutch monks during the 12th century. The drawbridges, windmills and ribbon villages still recall those days. Three 100-year-old farms adorn the landscape. Their facades are beautifully decorated with tile mosaics and geometric symbols that offered protection and revealed prosperity. The spells written on the arches of the gates are sumptuous to read and tell something about the first inhabitants of the old country. The first fruit harvest was 650 years ago. About ten million trees now grow in the great fruit-growing areas of northern Europe. From mid-April to mid-May cherry, apple, pear and plum trees blossom. The beautiful soft pink flowers help you to imagine yourself in a magical landscape. The fruit also has a cultural value. Thus, the first week of May the "Blütenfest" (flower festival) is celebrated. During the second weekend of September there is a fruit growers 'open house' where you can not only view the old farms, but can also sample the various types of juicy apples and pears. In the summer you can explore the area wonderfully on an old bike or on foot. There are many cycling trails in the region (from 15 to 40 km). For those who can not get enough of cycling, the Elbe cycling route from the Erzgebirge to the city, is a true challenge. There are also special routes for inline skaters which run along the peaceful dikes. In both summer and winter you can enjoy plenty of fresh air on the dike while watching the big ships on their way to and from the port of Hamburg. If you prefer something quieter, you can take an informative cruise on the tributaries of the Elbe or enjoy a sightseeing tour by bus (Altländertour) which passes by typical picturesque old farmhouses, churches and museums. The lattice work of the Grünendeich church dating from the 17th century is also worth a visit. The churches of Neuenfelde and Steinkirchen have famous organs that date from the early 18th century and were built by Arp Schnitger. Organ concerts are frequently given. The pulpit in the church of Neuenfelde is also one of the finest in Germany. The "Altes Land" Museum in the pearl of the old country - the town Jork - offers a wealth of information. The old city hall of "Gräfenhof" dates from the 12th century. Arts and crafts can be found in many galleries around Jork. The old "Schiffershaus" in Lühe is also quite remarkable. Wall and ceiling paintings adorn not only the house, but also tell something about the history of the peasant skippers. In the gallery you will find contemporary art, furniture and accessories on display. Day trips can be made to the Hanseatic cities of Hamburg and Stade. In the 17th century, the Swedes built a fortress in the Hanseatic city of Stade. There are still remnants of the fortifications around the city. When you approach Stade you can see the towers of the churches of St. Wilhardi and St. Cosmae from afar. You can stroll through ancient alleyways and visit nice shops. The old port in the old town is like a picture from a picture book. Hamburg is another city that you must experience. It is a city full of sights and highlights: the Auβenalster, the church of St. Michaelis (Michel as it is affectionately called), the port, the "Hanseviertel" etc. Of course you can also enjoy a night out in this metropolis. A musical performance should not be missed either.