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*<drink name="Brauhaus Jon Albrecht" alt="" address="Winsener Strasse 34d" directions="" phone="05191 976313 " url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">There is the chance to see the home brewed beers being produced right in the centre of the room, they serve a number of home brews such as The Malty dark and the hoppy bitterness.  The staff are quite happy to show you how the beer is brewed.</drink>
*<drink name="Brauhaus Jon Albrecht" alt="" address="Winsener Strasse 34d" directions="" phone="05191 976313 " url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">There is the chance to see the home brewed beers being produced right in the centre of the room, they serve a number of home brews such as The Malty dark and the hoppy bitterness.  The staff are quite happy to show you how the beer is brewed.</drink>
*<drink name="Milljo Beerhouse" alt="" address="1 Georges Lemoine platz, 29614 Soltau" directions="" phone="05191 13449" url="" hours="Open daily from 1600 Sat from 1100" price="" lat="" long="">Is a small German bar selling a selection of beer, hot drinks and fruit juices.  There is a small area to sit outside and enjoy your drink.</drink>

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The old Soltau town hall (Rathaus)

Soltau [45] is a modest town on the Lüneburg Heath in North Germany that has gained national prominence largely as a result of the attractions such as the Soltau Therme thermal baths and the Heide Park, one of Germany's biggest amusement parks. The large lake of Südsee is also popular with caravanners, campers and day visitors alike.


The parish of Soltau was founded around 830 and was initially occupied by a few farmers, the first wooden church was built around this time.

Between 1383 and 1388 the village was established, in order to protect against robber Barons, this is now the town centre. It was then decided to demolish to demolish the castle there as part of the treaty. By way of compensation Soltau was given town right however, by 1511 the whole town was completely destroyed by a fire.

The town hall was moved in 1533, this was established in an old chapel in Marktstrasse. However, by 1567 another fire wiped out the majority of buildings within the town. Much of Soltau was destroyed over the years, especially in the thirty year war, all that was left was ruined landscape.

By 1914 Soltau held the largest German prisoner of war camp of the First World War. This was the same year that the mining of potassium salts began at Heinrichssegen Shaft, however work was then halted due to the war having reached a depth of just 6 meters.

Again by April 1945 much of Soltau was destroyed by Air raids, many civilian people were killed during this time. Soltau become a British Garrison in 1949 during the Cold War and was home of Headquarters 7th Armoured Brigade. This was handed back in 1993 and is now used to Doctors surgeries and a business centre.

Situated in the heart of the Lüneburg Heath, Soltau is an officially recognized health resort. Here, active hikers and cyclists will find more than 875 miles of well sign-posted trails leading through romantic heath land, peaceful villages, and river valleys.

Get in

By car

Take exit 44 Soltau-Ost on the A7, then merge onto the B209/B71 towards Soltau. Continue along the B209/B71 until you reach Soltau town centre. Soltau is also accessible via two nation highways (B3, B71) and a regional throughway (L 71).

By plane

  • Hamburg Airport is north of Soltau and about is about 100km away(roughly one hour's drive). Hamburg international airport is approximately 8 kilometres north of the city centre and is the fifth busiest airport in Germany. In 2009 extensive refurbishment improved road access and connections to the Hamburg S-Bahn system which will connect with the main Bahnhof in Hamburg city centre. The Radisson Blu Hotel was constructed in 2009 which would benefit travellers who wanted a rest before any onward travel. It has a large variety of shops and restaurants for you to enjoy whilst you wait for your flight. To get to Hamburg via car take the A7 towards Hamburg then merge onto the A7 again at junction 37. Take exit 23 and follow the B432 towards Norderstedt/Langenhorn, continue along the road following the signs for Flughafen.

The website for Hamburg airport listing flight locations, schedules, prices and availability can be found here Hamburg Airport. The address for Hamburg airport is bellow:

Hamburg Flughafen, Flughafenstrasse 1-3, 22335 Hamburg

  • Hanover Airport is south of Soltau and is about 70km south of Soltau (roughly 45 minutes' drive). This airport is smaller than Hamburg but still has a number of shops and places to eat before you go elsewhere. Take the A7 towards Hanover and turn at junction 53 onto the A352 towards Dortmund, take exit 3 for Hanover airport. The airport is situated in Langenhagen which is 11 kilometres to the north of Hanover centre and has easy access to the autobahn. It is the ninth largest airport in Germany and is one of very few German airports which are open 24 hours a day, although there are very few flights between 11pm and 4am. The centre of Celle is approximately 39 kilometres from Hanover airport with an estimated driving time of 35 minutes. Hanover airport is also accessible by a combination of trains, buses and taxis.

The website for Hanover airport listing flight locations, scedules, prices and availability can be found here Hannover Airport. The address and contact details for Hanover airport is below:

Hanover Flughafen, Flughafenstraße 4, 30855 Langenhagen.

  • Reception 0049(0)511 977-0
  • Service center 0049(0)511 977-0
  • Parking service 0049(0)511 977-12 46
  • Lost & Found 0049(0)511 977-10 10

By train

There is only one train station in Soltau itself and it is situated close to the centre of town which offers Regionalbahn (RB) trains. Trains run from Soltau from roughly 0500-2200. It is possible to get to Hanover, Bremen and Hamburg from Soltau. It stops at some of the following stations:

  • Bad Fallingbostel
  • Walsrode
  • Schwarmstedt
  • Bennemühlen
  • Langenhagen

By bus

All major cities offer bus transfers to Soltau such as Berlin, Bremen, Cuxhaven. The buses leave every Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat, prices may vary between €22-€66.Berlin Bus

Get around

By train

Soltau's station, which is still called Soltau (Hannover) (abbreviated to Soltau (Han)) by the Deutsche Bahn belongs to the Hanover Railway Division and lies on the America Line (KBS 116) from Bremen to Uelzen and on the Heath Railway (Heidebahn) (KBS 123) from Buchholz (Nordheide) to Bennemühlen(-Hanover). There are two other stops - Soltau Nord and Wolterdingen - on the Heath Railway.

By bike

The long distance cycle paths RFW 4 (Leine-Heath Cycle Path) and RFW 15 (Heath Cycle Path or Heide-Radweg) on the Lower Saxon long distance cycle network intersect in Soltau.[10] In 2003 a cycle path concept was developed and implemented. Majority of hotels within Soltau offer bike hire however,

By taxi

There are a number of taxi companies within Soltau , there are always taxis outside the railway station willing to pick up fares. Alternatively go to the taxi rank at Drögenheide 4, 29614 Soltau. Tel: 05191 14084.


There are a number of car parks within Soltau with the majority of them being free. There is a car park on the way into Soltau next to the shopping complex with C&A. There are two free car parks next to Soltau Therme which is just on the edge of the town.


The "Colossos" roller coaster at the Heide Park

Town centre

There are many interesting things to see within the town centre, why not visit the councils mill (Ratsmühle). This listed building has been around since 1384 and is situated on the river Böhme and was owned by the city until 1817 which is why it was known as the Ratsmühle. The mill was eventually shut down in 1963 and has been empty ever since, however, they wish to turn it into a museum.

  • Soltau Therme, Mühlenweg 17, 05191 84481, [1]. Mon 1000-2200 Tues-Sun 1000-2200. is fun for all ages from babies through to OAP, there is something for everyone. There are three pools, one for children, salt water and an outside pool. There is plenty of space to relax next to the pools or treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre. There is an onsite restaurant where you can indulge in a snack. There is plenty of free parking close to the Therme itself. Ranges from adult €4-€16 Child €1.50-€11.

Houses of Worship

  • Luther Church, Birkenstraße 1, 05191 13501 (), [2]. This church has been around for one hundred years old and there are various different services and groups that are held throughout the week.
  • St Mary's Church, Feld Strasse 22, 05191 3636 (), [3]. This is a Roman Catholic Church with a number of services all of which can be found on the website.
  • Zion Church Soltau, Zionkirche 5, 05191 3636 (), [4]. Evangelical Lutheran church and belongs to SELK. You can find out more information about worship times and dates on their website.
  • St Johns, Rühberg 7, 05191 2263 (), [5]. This is a Catholic church provides five different aspects of church life, Worship services, children's and youth work, church music, life support, education.


  • Toy Museum, Poststraße 7, 05191 82182, [6]. Mon-Sun 1000-1800. The museum exhibits toys from over four centuries. There are many different toys to see from doll's houses, railways, wooden toys and a wide range of teddy bears and stuffed toys. You may also get the chance to play with some of the toys. A good day out for all the family. Adult €4 Child €2.


  • Heide Park, Dittmern, 0180 5919101, [7]. Mon-Sun 1000-1800. The Heide Park is the largest theme park in northern Germany with over 50 attractions. This park holds the record for the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Europe complete with a 61° drop. Offers a great day out for all the family. Adults €37 Children (4-11) €30 under 4's are free, €5 parking.
  • HeideWitzka, Gottfried-von-Cramm-Straße 1, 05191 13056, [8]. Mon-Fri 1400-1900 Sat-Sun 1000-1900. This is 2,000 square feet of fun for big and small children. With trampolines, go-kart track, climbing the volcano and many more attractions. The indoor bistro offers a delicious variety of food for the all family. Children under 2 are free, Children over 2 €6.90, Adult €4.90.
  • Rail Car Anteater, Soltau Train station, platform 5, 05191 828282, [9]. Every Sunday From July to September 10:00 clock. Provides tourist trips on a rail car from 1937 through Luneburg Heide, from Soltau- Luhegrund-Bispingen-Döhle and back again. There is a three hour stop over in Döhle for people to get off and stretch their legs whilst looking around. Adult €14, Child €7.


There are two parks within Soltau Böhme park and Röders park. Böhme park is situated next to the Soltau Therme and has the river Böhme running straight through it. There is a lovely café in the park where you can enjoy coffee and cake whilst you take in the scenery.

  • Breidingsgarten, Breidingsgarten 5, 29614 Soltau, 05191 2620, [10]. This garden is situated on the outskirts of Soltau and is based along English and has 27 acres. The complex includes moorland just as decorative ponds, orchards and giant rhododendrons, an imposing villa garden as an artificial ruin. Although this garden is in private hands it is often open to the public, timings can be found on their website.



  • Südsee Camp, Südsee camp 1, Wietzendorf (Along A7, exit 45 Soltau Sud, towards Celle for 4km, past the 2nd bridge turn right, at the top turn right, go straight for about 4km.), 05196 980116, [11]. Daily 0800-2200. A five star campsite where you can pitch your tent or even rent a Swedish cottage, modern chalet or premium caravan. There is plenty to do from swimming in the outside lake or the indoor pool to jungle golf and entertainment for all the family. If you are feeling hungry there are many restaurants on site. Also great for a day trip out. Variety of prices for camping and swimming.
  • Soltau Golf Club (Golfanlage Holf Loh), Hof Loh 7, 05191 9676333, [12]. 50 Minute training session for two €45.
  • Soltau Bowling Centre (Bowling-Center Soltau), Lüneburger Straße 103, 05191 5050, [13]. Tues- Fri 1700-2400 Sat 1500-2400 Sun 1500-2200. The bowling centre has 12 modern and fully automatic lanes with computer supported screens which show all the results. When you have finished bowling there is an opportunity to play pool, darts or table football or why not have a tasty meal in the onsite bistro where you can watch the action of the game. Experience moonlight-bowling every Friday from 2200-2400 with lights, music and bowling all fused together.
  • Sports & Friends, Bergstraße 2, 05191 14668, [14]. Mon-Fri 0900-2200 Sat 1300-1800 Sun 1000-1500. There is a variety of different classes that are available or try some cardio training in the fitness suite. If you don’t fancy training why not treat yourself in the wellness centre. €19.99-€99.
  • Riding School For Fun, Görlitzer Str 17, 29683 Dorfmark, 05163 290414 (), [15]. 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.
  • Skate Park, Vor dem Weiherbusch, 29614 Soltau. Why not test out your skills on your skates or skate board at the park where jumps and ramps are provided.


  • Schützenfest, Mühlenweg 17, 05191 17554, [16]. Four days between June/July. This takes place once a year and is a four day festival with plenty of drink and Bratwurst stands to enjoy.
  • Backofenfest, Breidingsgarten, [17]. Takes place in July and August for two days. This festival allows different regional gastronomic specialties that are served directly from a stone oven. This is a very social event with a folklore programme.
  • Soltauer Sommer, Hagen 6, 05191 82197, [18]. August. This takes place throughout August and offers a series of cultural open-air events such as Poetry reading, series of lectures, great small-scale performing arts and concerts.


There are a wide variety of shops from clothes, pets, electronics and homeware. Although the town is only small there is something for everyone. Majority of the shops are half-timbered and it is quite enjoyable to sit and watch the world go by in the town square. The shops are open Mon-Fri until 1800, Sat until roughly 1700 and they are all closed on Sun.

Just on the outskirts of Soltau is an industrial estate where you can find electrical shops, there is also a small shopping centre with a few shops that include furniture, clothes, pets and a food shop. In the centre of Soltau is another small shopping complex with a C&A and shoe shop. Work has just started on a new Designer shopping outlet that should be completed by 2012, the address will be Gewerbegebiet Soltau Ost II, 29614 Soltau, for more information call 05191 82100.

  • Soltau Farmers Market This takes place every Saturday and sells fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.
  • Tee in Soltau, 18 Hagen, 29614 soltau, 05191 70910, [19]. Mon-Fri 0900-1800 Sat 0900-1300. This small shop sells a number of different types of tea and liquor. There is also the chance to purchase different types of mugs and candles. Variety.


Soltau 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.


  • Ninis Cafe, Poststraße 8, 29614 Soltau, 05191 939476 (), [20]. Daily from 0900-1800. This is a small modern café with a wide variety of different teas, coffees and hot chocolates. Why not try one of their homemade cakes or pies from black forest cake, chocolate cream, marzipan cake or fresh fruit cake. A delicious breakfast buffet is very popular and is available daily from 9.00 to 13.00 clock which includes fresh bread, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, salmon and ham, homemade fruit salad and cottage cheese, jams, cereals, cheese and yogurt. Breakfast from €7-€9.
  • Café Chocolat, Bornemann Str. 7, 29614 Soltau, 05191 975313, [21]. 24 hours. This modern café is situated on the outskirts of Böhme park, it is has a wide variety of chocolate and coffee drinks on offer with the opportunity to enjoy a quick snack or cake. Low.
  • Stadt Cafe, Georges-Lemoine-Platz 5, 29614 Soltau, 05191 12711, [22]. Daily 0900-1800. This friendly café can be found in the centre of Soltau. Why not try one their cakes or a snack from their menu. €3-€8.
  • Miss Peppers, Am Hanfberg 7, 29649 Wietzendorf (exit 45 on the A7), 05191 979301, [23]. 24 hours. Authentic American cuisine set in a 50's style diner. Popular truckers' stop. low.
  • Pascha-imbiß III, Georges-Lemoine-Platz 13, 29614 Soltau, 05091 2332. Nov-Mar Mon-Sat 1100-2200, Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 1030-2200. There is a choice of different kebab meat that you can enjoy with salad and sauces or if you don’t fancy a kebab why don’t you have a curry-wurst and chips which is equally as nice. Low.

Mid Range

  • Campo Grande, Am Alten Stadtgraben 1, 29614 Soltau, 05191 939003, [24]. Daily 1200-1500 1700-2300. This restaurant specialises in South American cuisine where you can find ribs, salads, steaks and some vegetarian options. Why not try the Rodizio where you can enjoy different types of meat cooked slowly on skewers over a fire, then enjoy having the meat cut at your table directly onto your plate. Mains €3-€19, Rodizio €19.50.
  • Landhaus Eden, An der Bundesstraße 4, 29614 Soltau, 05191 602890, [25]. Daily 1200-2200. This is a typical German restaurant that sells trout as a delicacy that is bred from the pond behind the hotel. You can also try the XXL challenge whereby you have to eat 1000g of meat as well as chips in an hour and a half, the meat consist of Schnitzel, currywurst and a 30cm burger. If you manage to eat all of the food in the time given you will get your meal for free. Mains €4-€13, XL€10-€17 XXL €17-€20.
  • Waidmanns Ruh, Wensebrock 1, Brocke (On the B 71 between Brockel and Soltau), 04266 2250 (). Su: 8am-2pm. Great local dishes with game and lamb €12 for mains.
  • La Mamma (29614 Soltau,), Unter den Linden 15, 05191 975570, [26]. Daily 1130-1430 1730-2300. Italian restaurant serving great food! Mains €5-€19.
  • Brauhaus Jon Albrecht, Winsener Strasse 34d, 05191 976313 [email protected], [27]. Open daily from 1200. The Brauhaus is located in the old 7th Armoured Brigade Officers Mess with a warm atmosphere. They serve traditional German food and serve a wonderful brunch on a Sunday. Mains €5-€19 Sunday Brunch €15.50.
  • Dolce Vita, Burg 1, 05191 978278, [28]. Mo - So: 11:00 - 15:00 + 18.00 - 23.00 Uhr. A lovely Italian restaurant with an outside eating area where you can watch the rest of the world go by in the square of Soltau. Mains €5-€18.


  • Buffalo Steakhouse, Mühlenweg 7, 05191 978615,, [29]. Daily 1200-2300. There is an indoor and outdoor area and serves a variety of different steaks as well as other dishes. Mains €3-€28.
  • Restaurant Amadeus, Soltauer Hof, Winsener Str. 109, 05191 9660, [30]. This is a formal restaurant that serves many local dishes as well as a variety of fish and meat dishes. Mains between €10-€25.


  • Alexanders is a small Bar in the centre of Soltau that stocks a variety drinks.
  • Brauhaus Jon Albrecht, Winsener Strasse 34d, 05191 976313, [31]. There is the chance to see the home brewed beers being produced right in the centre of the room, they serve a number of home brews such as The Malty dark and the hoppy bitterness. The staff are quite happy to show you how the beer is brewed.
  • Milljo Beerhouse, 1 Georges Lemoine platz, 29614 Soltau, 05191 13449, [32]. Open daily from 1600 Sat from 1100. Is a small German bar selling a selection of beer, hot drinks and fruit juices. There is a small area to sit outside and enjoy your drink.



  • Herz der Heide, Ernst-August-Str. 7-9, 29614 Soltau, +49 5191 96750 (fax: +49 5191 17765), [33]. Quiet bed and breakfast in a residential area of Soltau. Each room has a distinctive character. The B&B offers golf, cycle hire, a sauna and a solarium. Pets permitted.
  • Hotel MyLord, Mühlenweg 7, 05191 978617, [34]. checkin: 1500-2200; checkout: 0730-1100. This family run hotel is situated next to the River Bohme and Soltau Therme and is just a 5 minute walk to the centre of Soltau town. The hotel is located next to the Buffalo steakhouse where you can enjoy the meat comes from the hotels own farm. €50-€75.
  • Wolterdinger Hof, In der Reith 5, 29614 Soltau, 05191 14854, [35]. checkin: 1500-0000; checkout: 0800-1030. This 3 star hotel is located in Lüneburger Heide, there is a chance to relax next to the swimming pool or sauna. There is an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy typical German food. €37-€130.
  • Hotel am Böhmepark, Bornemann street 3, 29614 Soltau, 05191 9802, [36]. The hotel is situated in the centre of the Böhme park and all rooms have just been updated with a modern and comfortable finish. €39-€42.

Mid Range

  • Heidehotel Soltauer Hof, Winsener Str. 109, 05191 9660, [37]. checkin: 1500-2000; checkout: 0700-1100. This hotel is within close proximity of Heide park, or you could just stay within the hotel and enjoy the sunbathing area or the bowling alley. Why not try a meal in the restaurant before going to bed or enjoy a drink the hotels bar where there is an extensive wine menu. €55-€145.
  • Hotel Park Soltau, Winsener Str. 111, 29614 Soltau, 05191 6050, [38]. checkin: 1500-2230; checkout: 0700-1130. This modern hotel is located into the centre of Soltau and offers a wide range of leisure activities swimming pool, sauna, biosauna solarium or even try out the bowling alley located in the recreational area. There is an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy a quick snack or try something from the a la carte menu. €69-€100.
  • Gasthaus & Pension Heidehof, Brock 8a, 29614 Soltau, 05191 17275, [39]. checkin: 1300-2200; checkout: 0700-1000. This 3 star hotel is set in a large park and has direct access to the Euopa-Wanderweg hiking route. The hotel is family run and each of the rooms are brightly decorated. €62-€124.


  • Hotel Port Royal, Dittmern, [40]. checkin: 1600; checkout: 1000. Designed with pirates in mind, it is a family-orientated hotel and was inspired by the Port Royal Caribbean fortress. The hotel is situated right next to Heide Park. Around €158 for a basic room.


  • Röders Park, Ebsmoor 8, 29614 Soltau, 05191 2141, [41]. checkin: 0700-1300 1500-2200. The park is situated on the edge of Ebsmoors, there is an ornamental pond that runs through the entire camp site with trees and hedges. There are 120 pitches to camp on and 2 sanitary blocks, warm water for showers is included in the price. Pitch €12.50 per night, Each adult €6.50 per night, Child €4 per night, Dog is €2 per night.
  • Camping Muehlenbach, Wietzendorfer Straße 2, 29614 Soltau, 05191 14912, [42]. checkin: Summer 0800-1300 1500-2100 Winter 0800-1000 1500-1800. Perfect for a short break or a long holiday, they have 80 pitches available to park your tent. There are laundry houses within the immediate vicinity of the pitches containing showers, toilets, washing machines and dryers. There is an onsite shop for you to get you groceries if you run out of food or washing up liquid or even try the restaurant onsite. Pitch €6.50-€7.50 per night,Each adult €4-€4.25 per night,Child €3 per night,Dog is €2 per night.
  • Ferienpark Soltau, Dittmern 9, 29614 Soltau, 05191 975268, [43]. Pitch €6.50-€7.50 per night, Each adult €3.50-€4.50 per night, Child €2.50-3.50 per night, Dog is €2-€3 per night.
  • Camping Scandinavia, An der Bundesstraße 25 , 29614 Soltau, 05191 2293, [44]. This campsite has 400 pitches available with sanitary blocks available nearby. There is also an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness room for you to enjoy. If you ever need any supplies you can always run down to the onsite shop for convenience. Pitch €6-€12.50 per night, Each adult €3-€4 per night, Child €2.50-€3.50 per night, Dog is €2 per night.


  • Internet café Webspace, Bahnhofstr. 18, 05191 929660.

Get out

  • Walsrode is a medium sized town with a large selection of shops to enjoy. There are many places to visit within Walsrode and on the outskirts, Serengeti Park is worth a visit it is a good day out for all the family.
  • 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 running through.
  • Verden an der Aller is a large town about 40 minutes away from Soltau. There is a large Cathedral in the centre of the town which was built in the Gothic style and is an interesting sight to visit.

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