The Heath Museum in Walsrode
Walsrode  is a town on the Lüneburg Heath in North Germany.
Walsrode was first mentioned in 986, the same year that Count Walo founded a monastery in the area. By 1383, it had been given city rights by the Dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg. The Sculptor Hans Brüggemann, most famous for the cathdral's Bordesholmer altar, was born in Walsrode at the end of the 15th century.
The city was largely destroyed in 1626 by Tilly's troops in the Thirty Year War. Initially the war was based around a religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics, Walsrode was largely a Protestant town and was thus destroyed by Johann t’Serclaes von Tilly. Things did not get any better for Walsrode in 1757, when the majority of houses were destroyed by the "Great Fire".
Walsrode was first connected to the railway network in 1890. It was joined to the railway line that went to Bremervörde, and eventually connected to the line between Hannover and Schwarmstedt.
The local poet Hermann Löns used his beloved heath around Walsrode for his novels and poems celebrating the people and landscape. You can still feel the magic of this vast landscape, with its splashes of colour from purple flowering heather, dark green junipers and bright yellow gorse bushes, surrounded by colourful forests, fertile fields and rolling river valleys. Hermann Löns was buried in 1935 in Tietlingen grove.
In 1957 Walsrode becomes the site of the Federal Border Police where they also have a training and education centre.
- Hamburg International Airport, 8km north of Hamburg, is about 125km north from Walsrode, roughly an hour and twenty minutes' drive.
- Hanover Airport, 11km north of Hanover, is about 56km south of Walsrode, roughly 35 minutes' drive.
- Bremen Airport is about 65km northwest of Walsrode in Bremen, roughly 45 minutes' drive.
- From Bremen - Approaching the "Bremer Kreuz" via the A1 turn off onto the A27 towards Walsrode - Hanover and continue to junction Walsrode-West.
- From Hamburg - A7 towards Hanover up to Fallingbostel junction. Follow the B209 to Walsrode for 7km.
- From Hanover - A7 towards Hamburg. At "Walsrode Dreieck" turn off onto the A27 towards Bremen and continue to junction/exit Walsrode-West. Follow the B209 to Walsrode for 2km.
There is one train station in Walsrode and it is just a short walk from the centre itself. This provides a Regional service and is on the Heath Railway. This section of railway goes from Hannover to Soltau but can also come from Hamburg with a few changes along the way, however this can take up to 3 hours. Trains run roughly from 4:30 to 21:00. The train also passes through Bad Fallingbostel, Soltau, Schwarmstedt, Bennemühlen, and Langenhagen on its way to Walsrode.
There is a local bus from Hannover that can take you into Walsrode. It is on the R41 line and departs all throughout the week with a number of different timing options; it will take roughly an hour. You can also get a bus from Hamburg on the same line, however it could take up to two and a half hours. For more information look at: Buses
Walsrode Station provides Regionalbahn trains which offers a basic service. It provides a connection between Hanover and Soltau. It is part of the Heath railway which connects Hannover to Buchholz in der Nordheide. This train station also lies on the America line which connects from Bremen to Uelzen.
There are a number of different bike routes that you can take in and around Walsrode, some specifically for bike racing and some for mountain biking. There is also a historical tour that you can take where you can learn more about Hans Löns which is 5km long. If you do not have your bike with you there is also the possibility to rent a bike for the day.
- Fahrradhaus Unruh, Benzer Straße 27, 05161 481979, Open daily from 9:30-18:00
Many of the hotels in and around the area often hire bikes out for the day for a small fee of around €6-€10.
There are a number of taxi firms in Walsrode, and there are a always some taxis outside the train station that you can jump in.
- Walsrode Convent, Kirchplatz 2, ☎ 05161 4858380, . April-October Every afternoon. This an amazing opportunity to learn more about the way in which the nuns live their lives and also about the history of the convent which was first mentioned in 986. edit
The central city area has a well-branched network of parks and inner-city recreational areas, which are each decorated differently and equipped according to purpose:
- Fulde Park, Herman Lons Str.. The park is a semi-natural landscape with ponds and wetlands which were created specially. There is an impressive collection of numerous fruit trees. edit
- Klostersee, Hannoversche Str.. The klostersee was originally built in the mid 60’s to be used as a storm water retention basin. Over the years the lake has evolved with wide paths, spacious lawns and manicured flower beds. edit
- Dorfmuseum, Kirchstr 4, ☎ 05161 3777, . Apr-Oct Thu 15:00-17:00. This is a museum about the life and work of composer Ludwig Rahlfs. The museum also shows what Dushorner was like 100 years go. Adult €1, Child €0.50. edit
- Heide Museum, Herrmann-Löns-Straße 2, ☎ 05161 077175, . Mon-Tues Closed, Wed-Sat 10:00-12:30 13:00-17:00, Sun & Public holidays 13:00-17:00. The Heide museum is one of the oldest open air museums in Germany, it first opened as a museum in 1912. The museum consists of a farm, with out buildings and field offices with the majority of it being built in 1798. Adult €2.50 Child €1. edit
- St Georg Christophorus Jodokus, Stellichte, ☎ 05168, . 12:00-18:00. This church was built between 1608-1610 and was constructed for the Behr family and is an Evangelical Lutheran Church. The interior is elaborately carved with painted wood furnishings which date back to the 17th Century. The church was renovated in 1901 with great care, with the altar rail, the railing of the chancel steps, the church pews, the Victims and some floor tiles were replaced. edit
- St. Georg Meinerdingen, Dorfallee 15 - Meinerdingen, ☎ 05161 8790, . Apr-Oct 9:00-19:00. It is thought the original church was built in the 13th Century, however, it was either demolished or expanded in the 14th Century and built in the gothic style. edit
- St John the Baptist Church, Am Kloster 1, ☎ 05051 71352, . 10:00-17:00. This church is a large and spacious place of worship and was built between 1848-50, it is also connected to the convent in Walsrode. edit
- Serengeti Park, Am Safaripark 1, Hodenhagen, ☎ 05164 97990, . Mon-Sun 9:00-18:00. Is a little piece of Africa in Germany. Serengeti allows you to drive your vehicle through the park and see the wild animals up close. After seeing the animals there is an amusement park which will keep you entertained for the rest of the day. The park situated in the neighbouring town of Hodenhagen a few Km's away from Walsrode. edit
- Vogel Park, Vogelpark Walsrode, Ahrsener Straße - Bomlitz (Leave the A27 at Walsrode West and follow the signs), ☎ 05161 60440, . Mon-Sun 9:00-19:00. An amazing Nature park with over 4000 of birds of 650 different types. The park is filled with a flora that captures all the colours of the rainbow. The months of April and May are particularly exciting when the 46 different types of rhododendron are in full bloom. There are however lots of different trees, bushes and plants in bloom all season through. There is a wonderful live flying show incorporating eagles, parrots, secretary birds, cranes, storks and other wonderful birds. One can see the chicks being fed, the feeding of the penguins and pelicans and the storks that are allowed to fly free above and beyond the enclosures, in great flocks that fill the sky above the park. There is also a guide service by the rangers who can be booked to show you all the Welt Vogelpark has to offer. There are lots of indoor attractions including a tropical forest enclosure and an excellent children’s play area. It is open from April to October from 09:00 to 19:00. The Rosen Cafe has some wonderful meals from breakfast through to dinner at competitive prices. There is a gift shop at the entrance/exit. This is a wonderful attraction and well worth a visit, considered by most to be the best place to visit in this part of Germany. Adult €16 Child (4-17) €11. edit
- Wild park, Am Wildpark - Nindorf-Hanstedt (It is exit Garlstorf on the A7, then in the direction of Nindorf, signposted), ☎ 04184 89390, . Summer 8:00-1900 Winter 9:00-16:30. Is surrounded in 60 acres of land with over 120 different types of animals. There is a large free car park available. Adult €9 Child (3-14) €7. edit
- Hiking Walsrode has more than 700km hiking trails running through and around it.
- Colesseum Bowling, Rudolf Diesel Str 6, ☎ 05161 4813010, . Mon-Closed, Tues-Fri -16:00 till late, Sat-12:00 till late, Sun 10:00 til late. Enjoy moonlight bowling Friday and Saturday nights with the added bonus of good music. Tues-Thurs €18 per hour per lane, Fri-Sun €21 per hour per lane. edit
- Fitness Pool Walsrode, Hermann-Löns-Straße 23, ☎ 05161 4889980, . Mon-10:00-16:00 Tues-Fri 7:00-21:00 Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00. This is a 25m pool with a temperature of 27°. There are a number of different lessons and classes that are available. Adult €3, Child(4-17) €1.50. edit
- Strandbad Dorfmark, ,Am Holzfeld 5 - Dorfmark, ☎ 05163 902285, . Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 Sat-Sun 12:00-19:00. This is a natural swimming pool out in the open, that water is regularly checked by the local town to make sure it is safe to swim in. edit
- Riding School For Fun, Görlitzer Str 17 - Dorfmark, ☎ 05163 290414 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Why not enjoy a spot of horse riding where you can realise how fun it can be. You can enjoy riding lessons, mini club, weekend camps away or why not have a birthday party here. Adult Lesson €20, Child Lesson €12. edit
- Hurricane Festival, Eichenring, Scheeßel, . 22-24 June 2012. This is a three day music event where you can enjoy music of all genres. €114 &€10 Waste disposal. edit
- Ginseng Farm Festivals, Bockhorn 1, ☎ 05162 1393, . Ascension day (3 Oct) and 3rd weekend in advent. The farm is transformed into a small artistic village where you can try the culinary delights on offer and see some of the crafts that are produced. edit
- Schützenfest, Market place. Different days throughout July. This takes place in July and is a festival with plenty of drink and Bratwurst stands to enjoy edit
- Christmas Market, Kirchplatz, ☎ 05161 9770. 03 Dec 11 11:00-22:00, 04 Dec 11 11:00-20:00. This always takes place at the beginning of December and you can enjoy many stalls selling hand made crafts or food. edit
There are a wide variety of shops within the town centre which include clothes, pets, electronics and homeware. There is a one way circuit within Walsrode and you will find the majority of shops along these roads. The shops are open Mon-Fri until 18:00, Sat roughly till 14:00 and are closed on Sundays. There is a small department store in the centre of Walsrode called City kaufhaus, you will find everything here from computer games, books and clothes.
- Walsrode Farmers' Market is every Friday morning and sells fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
- Heide Wax, Ebbinger Str. 1a, ☎ 05161 910660, . January-March 10:00-17:00, April-December 9:00-18:00 Monday-Friday. Is a small shop where you can see how they produce the candles. There is also an extensive range candles that you can buy. Varies. edit
- Beekeeping Rosenhargen, Am Berge 2, 29664 Walsrode, ☎ 05161 73576, . Friday 15:00-18:00. This shop sells anything to do with honey from honey wine to beeswax candles. edit
Walsrode is within the Luneburg Heide region where the Heideschnucke (moorland sheep) is bred on the moors where they feast on heather and birch tree shoots. It is often found on many of the restaurant menus and has a gamey flavour to it, it is often compared to venison.
- La Brasserie, Lange Straße 20, ☎ 05161 486787. Is a café bistro in the centre of Walsrode with outside seating. You can enjoy a simple baguette or a sweet or savoury crepe. Mains between €4-€10. edit
- Vatters Bakery, Hannoversche Str. 2, ☎ 05161 4811726, . Mon-Fri 6:00-18:00 Sat 6:00-17:00 Sun 6:00-18:00. Is a café on the outskirts of Walsrode where you can enjoy fresh rolls or cakes. edit
- Anders, Gottlieb Daimler Straße 6, ☎ 05161 607777, . Mon-Sat 8:30-00:00. This is different from any other kind of restaurant in the area, why not experience cuisine with a difference. You can sit and enjoy yourself with your own beer pump at your table. Differs depending on the different buffets. edit
- Athos, Wiener Platz 8, ☎ 05161 486493, . 12:00-14:30 & 17:30-23:30. Is a traditional Greek restaurant with an indoor and outdoor eating area. Mains between €6-€15. edit
- Calabria* is an Italian Pizzeria with a small amount of seating in the "Grosse Graben". It not only serves Pizza, but a vast array of Pasta dishes. It is also renowned for its cappuccino. The traditional Bruschetta is a dream and this followed by a Calzone is a fantastic traditional Italian meal. The prices are good too.
- Marco Polo, Moorstraße 54, ☎ 05161 5460. Is an Italian restaurant in the centre of Walsrode serving a number of Italian and international dishes. Mains between €7-€15. edit
- Da Piero, Moorstraße 85, ☎ 05161 4812533. Is a small Italian and Pizza restaurant with a cosy atmosphere. Mains between €6-€15. edit
- Landgasthaus Voltmer, Dorfallee 14 - Honerdingen, ☎ 05161 3672 (email@example.com), . Daily 11:30-14:30 and from 17:30 Tues Closed. The restaurant offers typical German cuisine. There is a free car park as well as a beer garden if you would like to just enjoy a drink in the summer months. Mains from €4-€15. edit
- Zauberkessel, Bergstraße 12, ☎ 05161 609757, . Wed, Fri & Sat open from 17:00. Is a medieval restaurant that serves a number of vegan dishes where you can eat your meal off clay plates to get an authentic experience. All money goes towards the animal sanctuary. edit
- Mendoza, Lange Straße 79, ☎ 05161 486061, . Mon-Sat 17:00-00:00 Sun 11:30-14:30 17:00-00:00. Is an Argentinean steakhouse with various types of meat cooked to how you like, sizzling on a hot stone. Mains between €12 - €28. edit
- Forellenhof, ☎ 05161 9700, . Daily 18:00-22:00. A stylish restaurant where you can enjoy fresh locally produced cuisine. There is also a large terrace next to the pond where you can enjoy coffee and cake and enjoy the surroundings. There is also a beer garden where you can enjoy the beer that is brewed on the premises, "Schnuckenbräu" beer. Mains between €12-€46. edit
- Restaurant Car-Ola, Albert-Einstein Str 7, ☎ 05161 985888, . Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00 Wed-Sat from 18:00. This is a modern restaurant that is situated on the top floor of a super car show room. You can enjoy looking at many of the cars whilst enjoying your meal, you may even get the opportunity to sit in the car and pretend what it might be like to drive it. The restaurant serves international cuisine and has an extensive wine menu. edit
- Parkhotel Luisenhöhe, Am Vogel park 2 - Bomlitz, ☎ 05161 98620, . Open daily from 10:30-22:00. There is a wide variety of different German cuisine. There is also a regional menu where you can try some of the delights that the Luneburg Heide region offer. Mains between €5-€40. edit
- Samocca, Lange Straße 37, ☎ 05161 73572, . Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00 Sat 9:00-13:00. Is a new cafe situated in the town centre. It is a small cafe serving various hot beveridges and snacks. edit
- Cafe am Markt, Kleiner Graben 20, ☎ 05161 488833. Small cafe where you can ejoy a hot drink and relax. edit
- Irish Pub, Lange Strasse 51, ☎ 05161 4874650, . Mon-Sat open from 16:00. Sun open from 14:00. Serves a wide variety of beer, whiskey and ciders with the added bonus of live music. It is situated in the town centre. edit
- Alexander’s, Lange Straße 70, ☎ 05161 911493. Is a small Bar in the centre of Walsrode that stocks a variety drinks. There is an outside area to enjoy the cocktails on a hot summers day. edit
- Anders, Gottlieb Daimler Straße 6, ☎ 05161 607777, . Mon-Sat 8:30-00:00. This is different from any other kind of restaurant in the area, why not experience cuisine with a difference. You can sit and enjoy yourself with your own beer pump at your table. edit
- Colesseum Bowling, Rudolf Diesel Str 6, ☎ 05161 4813010, . Mon-Closed, Tues-Fri -16:00 till late, Sat-12:00 till late, Sun 10:00 til late. There is a fully stocked bar with a variety of different spirits that you can enjoy. Tues-Thurs €18 per hour per lane, Fri-Sun €21 per hour per lane. edit
- Exit, Moorstraße 25, . Open daily from 14:00, Cocktail hour 17:00-19:00. This is a small modern bar situated in the town centre. There are numerous different themed nights. edit
- St Hubertus, Moorstraße 24, ☎ 05161 3533. Mon-Fri 9:00-23:00 Sat-Sun 9:00-14:00. This is a small traditional German pub that is ideal if you want a quiet drink. edit
- Schwarzer Hermann, Moorstr. 84, ☎ 05161 6260. This is another small quiet German pub where you can get away from all the hustle and bustle of the younger bars. edit
- Night life, Hünzingen Kolonie 44a, ☎ 05161 (barkneipe@Night Life-walsrode.de), . Daily 20:00-3:00. This is known as a hard rock bar where they play rock music and heavy metal. edit
- Studio 78, Wernher v. Braun Str. 3, ☎ 05161 910722, . Fri-Sat 22:00 til late. Is a club with 4 different areas where you can dance away to different types of music. They have many different types of music on each weekend. Prices vary from free to €10 depending on whether it is a special night. edit
- Landpension Langrehr, Südkampen 73, ☎ 05166 1263, . Is a wellness centre where you can enjoy going for bike rides, walks or even just enjoy a massage at the hotel. €28-€40. edit
- Hotel Walsroder Hof, Lange Straße 48, ☎ 05161 5810, . The hotel is situated in the centre on a quiet pedestrian road and is minutes away from the convent and Fulde park. edit
- Die Stadtschänke, Lange Straße 73, ☎ 05161 5776, . This hotel started out in 1836 as a pub and has now been transformed into a rustic hotel and restaurant. €45-€70. edit
- Ferienhaus Eckernworth, Hermann Lons Str 19, ☎ 05161 5761, . Eckenworth has a number of different holiday apartments to rent whilst you holiday in the Luneburg region. It has the added bonus of an outdoor swimming and a club house for you to unwind in at the end of the day. 40-€60. edit
- Mercure Walsrode, Gottlieb Daimler Str 11, ☎ 05161 6070, . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. This 3 star hotel is situated on the outskirts of Walsrode, there is the opportunity to enjoy the wellness facilities on site. There is free parking next to the hotel. Anders bar and restaurant is just a quick walk away. €60-€90. edit
- Ringhotel Parkhotel Luisenhöhe, Am Vogelpark 2 - Bomlitz, ☎ 05161 98620, . checkin: 14:00-22:00; checkout: 7:00-11:00. The hotel has a Mediterranean feel with all the rooms being well equipped. The restaurant serves a mixture of international and German cuisine. You could always relax in the hotels spa area in the sauna, Jacuzzi or book yourself an Ayurveda massage. €77-€100. edit
- Hotel Hannover, Lange Straße 5, ☎ 05161 5516, . checkin: 12:00; checkout: 13:00. The hotel is situated in the centre of Walsrode and is just a short walk from the convent and fulde park. The hotel was built in 1809 and was last renovated in 2006. €70. edit
- Hotel Forellenhof, 3 Hünzingen, ☎ 05161 9700, . checkin: 14:00-23:00; checkout: 7:00-11:00. Is a family run hotel with lots of tradition running through it. It is set in the countryside on the outskirts of Walsrode where you can rent bicycles and explore the surrounding area. €90. edit
- Landhaus Walsrode, Oskar Wolff Straße 1, ☎ 05161 9869, . The hotel is built in an old farmhouse and is surround by a well kept garden. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool and the opportunity to hire bikes for you to take your site seeing further. €95-€160. edit
- Hotel Sanssouci, Tietlingen 4, ☎ 05162 901040, . checkin: 15:00-21:00; checkout: 8:00-11:00. The hotel Sanssouci is a renovated farmhouse close to Walsrode centre. There is an onsite restaurant that serves local cuisine or if you want a snack why not try one of their homemade cakes which can be enjoyed on the summer terrace. There is an 18 hole golf course that is a short walk from the hotel. €49-€119. edit
- Ferien Zum alten Mühlenteich, Mühlenstr. 33-35, ☎ 05161 8989, . This campsite is open all year round and benefits from a restaurant, supermarket and a swimming pool and sanitary facilities. There is 7 acres of land and the pitches are based around a lake. Pitch €10-€14, Adults€8-€9, Child €3-€4, Dogs €1. edit
- Campingplatz Ahlden, Worthweg 5 - Ahlden, ☎ 05164 802695, . checkout: 11:00. The pitches are located within lush green grass and beautiful forest land. There is the opportunity to go swimming, fishing, canoeing and rafting. There is an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy a meal in the evening. Pitch -€6-€10, Adults €2-€3, Child €1, Dogs €1. edit
Bad Fallingbostel is a small town with a number of little shops and a large selection of restaurants. There is a large park in the centre of the town where you can relax by the stream.
Soltau is a large town with a variety of shops and a wide range of restaurants to choose from. There are a number of parks and building of interest to look at whilst you are there.
Bremen is a large city that has over 1200 years of history and has many original medieval buildings. There are plenty of restaurants and places to visit around the city, it is worth a visit.
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