Neighboring Areas of the Lake: An introduction
|Hagenburg on the southern coast of "Steinhuder Meer" is a quaint little spot with a population of about 4,600. In the Middle Ages the lords and counts of Schaumburg-Lippe first constructed the castle of Hagenburg and later a summer castle on the ancient walls. In the 17th century Count Wilhelm ordered the construction of a 1.2 kilometer long canal from the castle to the lake in order to be able to reach his island fortress on Wilhelmstein directly. The castle is now privately owned; however, the castle’s Rhododendron Park is open and free to visitors. The yacht port in the Hagenburger canal has sufficient space for guest boats. It is worth a visit to see the church of St. Nicolai, a gothic brick church constructed from 1869 to 1871, the work of the Hanover architect Conrad Wilhelm Hase. There is also the boulder garden with large stones from the ice age as well as a garden that shows the unique flora from the high and lowland moors. In the mining museum in the Altenhagen district, former mountain men show displays and exhibits of stone and potash mining. Bike and walking paths lead you quickly from Hagenburg to the "Meerbruchwiesen" wetlands and the bird sanctuary.|
|Madorf, on the north coast, faces the south and the sun. Next to Steinhude, Mardorf is the second most prominent vacation center in the region, a place that stands for light hearted, family friendly vacations. The idyllic village with its population of 2,000 is imbedded in a serene forest and dune landscape. In Madorf the possibility for nature excursions and athletic activities combine to create an ideal vacation getaway. Farmers offer family friendly retreats on farmsteads as well as horseback riding trips. The Aloys-Bunge-Platz sits in the middle point of the village. Here you will find restaurants, timber-framed houses, a chapel, the museum of local history and the tourist-information center. The ensemble of buildings creates the impression of the original village architecture. Craft and farmers’ markets take place regularly at the Aloys-Bunge-Platz. Visitors have access to the beach via the almost 5 kilometer long bank promenade. Sun seekers and beach guests are drawn by the magnificent sand beach on the white dunes. The beach at the White Mountain, about 500 meters west, is an El Dorado for surfers and kiters. Mardorf is a popular camping destination. Six camping spots and a camping trailer grounds offer unalloyed idylls of the lake.|
Neustadt am Rübenberge, with a population of around 18,000, is the core city among 33 rural towns. Altogether there is a population of 46,000. Due to the expansion of the cityscapes (27 kilometer in the directions of north and south, and even 32 kilometers from the southwest towards the Northeast) we refer the area as Neustädter Land. Neustadt is one of the largest cities in Germany with an area of 357 square kilometers. The wide, constantly changing natural landscapes are well known. Around 90 percent of the area consists of forest and moors, heaths, marshes, meadows, fields and gentle hills, the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The Neustädter Land offers ideal conditions for outdoor sports and free time activities. Without any significant ascents, the well-paved paths lead hikers and bike riders through the rich landscape. Those interested in culture can wander along one of the three monument routes. The moor route, for example, is about 50 kilometers around the dead moor and leads visitors past historical monuments. Those who would like to trade their bike for a horse will find many different options for horseback riding or riding in coaches.
Neustadt am Rübenberge
The history of Neustadt as a residence and fortress city during the Renaissance is the theme of the guided tour through the city center. Since the original ground plan of the city, ramparts and bastions were constructed to protect the historical center with its many timber-framed houses. The meeting point for guests is the imposing bronze lion that sits next to the Lions Bridge built in 1687. The lion holds his fearsome paws protectively over the coins of the Count of Wölpe who founded the city around 1200 and who obtained the right of mincing coins by the emperor. The historical city tour runs from May till October on Saturdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To make reservations please visit www.stadtfuehrungen-neustadt.de.
The cultural heart of Neustadt is the 16th century castle Landestrost where concerts, book readings and exhibits take place. The peat museum is here as well. In the official garden of the castle, the 250 year old hedge invites you on a romantic stroll along the 70 meter long green arbor path, thus earning its name: "Green Arch."
|Rehburg-Loccum is an area west of "Steinhuder Meer" and is made up of the towns of Rehburg, Loccum, Münchehagen, Winzlar and Bad Rehburg. 11,000 people live here and take pleasure in having their homes in the middle of the rich and ever changing landscape of Rehburg Mountains and the Nature Park of "Steinhuder Meer". The natural surroundings offer many attractions and plenty of appealing trip options. The town of Loccum entices visitors with a Cistercian monastery from the Middle Ages. In Rehburg, the architect and the major, Wilhelm and Ernst Messwarb (1878 to 1938) left behind a style of classicism specific to the area which visitors can notice in the cellar of the town hall, in the standpost, in the museum of local history and in the clock tower. Bad Rehburg shines as the only maintained spa from the romantic period, the health club for the king’s family who called Bad Rehburg the "Madeira of the north". Near the charming park and building ensemble is a unique cultural experience that visitors can enjoy on a day trip to Bad Rehburg: the exhibition "Life in the Romantic" in the new bathhouse. This display invites you on a time trip to the spa and bath life of the early 19th century in Bad Rehburg and the greater Europe. The changing exhibits in the uppers floors in addition to the number of events held in the lower foyer, such as concerts, cabarets and theater productions, guarantee a diverse and exciting cultural program. On a visit to the Ecological protection Center at "Steinhuder Meer" in Winzlar, visitors can experience everything about the development of high moors and marshes in the "Steinhuder Meer" nature park in an exhibition and through guided tours. In the Dino Park in Münchenhagen, many guests get goose bumps while walking along the three-kilometer long path with 220 life size dinosaur models. The Rehburger Mountains offers wonderful walking or hiking paths. In Bad Rehburg historical promenades lead through the Rehburg Mountains, a favorite strolling ground for kinds of the romantic period. Hikers are always coming upon remnants of this historical past, such as the Friederiks Chapel or the Friedriks Pavilion.|
|Steinhude on the southeast coast (population 4,900) gave the large inland lake its name, but that is not the only reason the people of Steinhude are proud of the traditions of the fishermen and weavers. In the timber-framed center, fishing nets, masonry weirs, boats and peat crafts speak of the ways of Steinhude’s nostalgic history. Even Museum of Fisher and Weaver as well as an antique machine for the processing of linen goods, portray the life and work of the people in Steinhude before tourism became the main source of revenue. Even today, some families in Steinhude make their living by smoking eel and catching fish. What originally lured visitors was a visit to an Eel smokery and the enjoyment of Steinhuder smoked eel. One historical special feature is the barn quarter from the middle of the 18th century which was reconstructed for the 2000 world exhibit. Today several dining areas, the toy museum, the nature park information booth and the art club are situated in the barns. Many markets and cultural events take place in the central plaza making Steinhude a very active place. In the summer there is barely a weekend without a culture, music, water sport or festival event. Behind the timber-framed facades of Steinhude guests will find a variety of independent stores, cafes and restaurants. Steinhude menus offer delicious dishes for every palate but, of course, fish specialties are a focus. For an unforgettable moment take a walk along Steinhude’s charming promenade or watch the sunset with a glass of wine or a cool beer.|
|Großenheidorn (population 3,000) lies east of Steinhude. The two towns developed and grew symbiotically. Just north of the towns, nestled in the scenic landscape on the east coast of "Steinhuder Meer", hides the idyllic district of Grossenheidorn-Strand. The "Ostenmeer" is shaped by the large reed areas that make up the passage between the water and land as well as the cane brake islands which create canal-like passages for sailors and canoers to move through. Several sailing clubs and exclusive homes and rental homes with direct access to the water are located on the idyllic east lake.|
|Wunstorf (population 17,800) is definitely worth a side trip for guests staying at "Steinhuder Meer", whether it is for shopping, a historical stroll through the downtown or for a city tour. An unmistakable landmark of this city is the church St. Bartholomaei, whose tower was constructed in the 12th century. During the city tour you can climb the 48-meter high tower for a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding area. The church stands as an entrance to the beautiful pedestrian zone. On the north side of the church you can visit the 15th century abbey that was earlier the abode of the abbess. When leaving the abbey a walk through the historical "Wasserzucht" is an absolute must. Elaborately restored timber-framed houses border the narrow streets left and right. A city walk should also lead you to the "Stifthügel". Here looms the roman church, the second largest landmark in the city. The basilica, with a tower of 36 meters, was built between 1160 and 1180 and is known as the jewel of Middle Ages architecture. The church built a name for itself through its impressive organs and choir concerts. City tours through the Middle Ages city center are available every Wednesday from May till October. The meeting place is in front of the church at 3pm.|