Altes Land - Stade.

Just outside Hamburg, to the south of the river Elbe there is Altes Land – the old land nominated for UNESCO cultural heritage in the year 2012.

A trip to the Altes Land with final destination in Stade is especially wonderful in the end of April - beginning of May, in the time fruit trees flourishing, and it is not bad and in autumn, when the trees are bursting out under the weight of the fruit.

In the 12th century draining the flood plains of the river Elbe began and the occupation of those territories by the Dutch masters in drainage took place. Channels and the white diluted bridges across them, windmills, dams remind about that today.

There are villages and small towns often with peasant houses traditional for these places, half-timbered houses made of brick with white trim, architraves, painted carved doors, with thatched roofs, the absence of fences, but a fancy gate, talking to folks about masters` wealth...

The Altes Land Centre is a town of York, which at the first weekend of May hosts holiday of classic Apple trees flourishing. There is the largest Cathedral in the Altes Land, many beautiful old houses of the rich, the local Museum. It is very pleasant to have a walk there.


The western border of the Altes Land is the Hanseatic City of Stade, which according to some historians is the oldest town in the North of Germany. The first inhabitants settled in this area thousand years BC. In the 9th century AD there was a village with a port, which was, however, erased from the Earth face by raiding Vikings. The city was rebuilt in the 12th century; the port played the important role and being one of the oldest ports in Europe. Today there is a harmony.

Over the time, a port on the shallow river - tributary of the Elbe lost its importance, besides in nearby Hamburg was growing and developing rapidly, but still there was an active trade in the town, and salt production was developing. The beautiful old town has been perfectly preserved.

The narrow medieval streets and alleyways, houses of wealthy merchants, stores, churches, monasteries, all of this can be seen during a walk in a carefully restored cosy Stade that has not lost its medieval charm.


Accompanied full day trip by car:

1-2 people from 300 euro

3 and more people from 450 euro

You can also get there by train