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Bike tour - Postmaster Route: On the trail of Postmaster Stechinelli

"Learn" the story of the postmaster Stechinelli and discover the varied landscape of the Südheide.

 

Historic bike tour

 

This journey takes you back in time to the 17th century.

It is the time when mail was transported by stagecoach. An important postal route led from Hanover through the breathtakingly beautiful landscape of Lueneburg Heath to the Hanseatic city of Hamburg.

  

Who was Stechinelli?


Francesco Maria Capellini, known as "Stechinelli" (toothpick) because of his thin legs, was a favorite of the Dukes of Welf. On their behalf he developed a postal system in the Principality of Lueneburg that co-existed with the Imperial Post Office, which was operated by Thurn and Taxis.

 

Stagecoaches and sandy heath paths


The roads of the old days demanded a great deal from travellers and material alike. The stagecoaches made slow progress on the sandy heathland and so many axles broke on the way. However, the mail route was not meant to cause passengers discomfort. Rather, they should be able to enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

 

 Thanks to Hereditary Postmaster General Stechinelli, a post road was constructed that made a carefree journey possible. That is what makes Stechinelli so popular until today.

 

The post office set up by Hereditary Postmaster General Stechinelli provides an interesting historical basis for the cycle path. The route follows parts of the former post road.

 

A bike tour with nature and history

 

Special attention was paid to scenic attractions and historical accuracy when the route was planned. Nature and history unite on this route in a wonderful manner and give it a very special charm.

 

Where does the bike tour start?

 

Starting point of the 165 km long cycle path is Bispingen in Lueneburg Heath Nature Park, from where it leads through idyllic heathland to Wieckenberg in the glacial valley of the Aller.

 

The landscape along the route is simple and varied. Large and small deciduous forests, crystal-clear heath rivers, green meadows, wide fields and the occasional heathland off the main route provide a great experience of nature. In the small heathlands that lie along the route, you will no doubt discover one or two cultural treasure worthy of protection.

 

Some places still have old post offices and watermills. The open-air museum in Winsen (Aller) is especially worth seeing. The heath village of Wietze will surprise you with old oil derricks, while the historic Stechinelli Church next to Stechinelli’s former estate of in Wieckenberg is simple on the outside but surprisingly ornate on the inside.

 

Total length: 165 km

 

Tip: The route is divided into several sections from which round trips can be made to other attractive heather. These tours allow you to undertake individual day trips.

 

Rail link:

Munster: connection to the Heidebahn ERIXX (Uelzen - Soltau)

 

Road surface:

The paths can be isolated and more difficult to navigate depending on the weather. We recommend a sturdy touring bike, MTB or trekking bike for the tour.

 

Ring-binder for the Postmaster Route:

A small ring-binder booklet (nominal fee 2.00 €) is available for the entire course of the Postmaster Route. They are available from the Tourist Information Office Hermannburg (Tel: 05052-6574), the Tourist Information Office Mueden (Oertze) (Tel: 05053-989220) and in the Oil and Natural Gas Museum in Wietze.

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