Located in the center of a triangle formed by Brunswick, Celle, and Hanover in Lower Saxony, Uetze is a cyclist’s delight.
Riding on the well-maintained roads and paths you are likely to see storks, kingfishers, and otters as you ride through the forest along the Fuhse River. In the early spring and summer, breeding storks can be spotted in the town.
Uetze is a center for horse breeding with its farms providing breeding stock and animals for local horse racing facilities. While you can’t ride the horses at the farms, there are several local stables where you can rent horses or take classes in both English and Western riding.
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Erse Park is a local amusement park with life-size representations of dinosaurs watching as you hurtle through space on roller coasters, carousels, and a 300 m bobsled run. Tired of riding? The park features educational exhibits portraying prehistoric life up to primitive humans. Bored with the lessons? Your admission fee lets you ride everything again, as often as you like.
In May and June, plan to visit local eateries to feast on Spargel, the local white asparagus that makes this part of Germany famous as the “Asparagus Street.” Come back in mid-September and celebrate Zwiebelfest, the local onion festival, with music, games, food, and entertainment.
The Eltz mill, a traditional water mill, has been preserved and can be seen from the river bank. In nearby Hänigsen, you can visit the last Bock windmill which has been restored to working order. On the first weekend in September, you can see it grind grain and taste the resulting bread. You can also enjoy arts and crafts, local foods, and performances by local artists.
Lake Irenensee offers camping, space for recreational vehicles, and water sports in the summer. Two large outdoor water parks in the Uetze area offer water slides, diving towers, and some camping.
Uetze is famous as the oldest documented oil deposit in northern Germany, with records dating back 450 years. Oil extraction is still a major industry in the area and an open air park allows you to look on as oil is drilled and processed.
Good food, active sports, and history combined make Uetze a popular destination.