The residential town of Tostedt is just that, residential. However, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then you’ve come to the right place in Lower Saxony.
It’s not just its tree lined streets, or its views of the outlying forest that will do it for you. Tostedt is perfectly located alongside the historical and naturally beautiful Lüneburg Heath and even has it own beachside lake.
It doesn’t hurt that the town has some pretty fun festivals and markets, too.
When visiting the Lüneburg Heath make sure you’ve got on your good walking shoes, because you’ll be here for a while. It’ll take some time to see all the Stone Age grave hills, explore the woodlands and bogs, and taking pictures of the countryside — especially the many huge boulders carried here by melting Ice Age snow. If art history is what you’re looking for, then you’ll find it at any of the six medieval convents scattered throughout the Heath.
There’s also a timber framed farmhouse museum with a look into 19th century farming life. Another one to visit is the Naturkundliches Museum, a fun museum for the kids filled with all sorts of animals. The young ones might also enjoy whacking around a few golf balls at the miniature golf course. They might also like spending a night out under the stars at one of the area’s campgrounds.
In spring (May), Tostedt hosts the Hamstermarkt — a lively market for those looking to purchase plants, flowers, and small animals. If you’re visiting in the fall, make it the first weekend in October for the Töster Markt. It’s the largest Flea Market in all of Northern Germany with vendors coming from all over Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands. November brings the Messe Tostedt, or Tostedter Fair, where the entire town comes out to party (and eat).
People might ask, why Tostedt? Well, why not visit a town that looks as it should belong on postcard? Why not visit a place where the landscape was transformed by the last Ice Age? With a place this beautiful you can answer with, why not Tostedt? :-)