Fruit blossoms and harvests in Northern Europe’s largest continuous fruit-growing region

This holiday region is steeped in tradition and boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in Northern Germany. It is the largest continuous fruit-growing region in Northern Europe, with 18 million fruit trees lining a 75 kilometre stretch of the River Elbe. It was the Dutch who originally reclaimed the Elbe Marshes. The Altes Land has been associated with cherries and apples in particular ever since. The Obstroute, or Fruit Trail, allows cyclists to set out from the Hanseatic towns and follow a path through the heart of the fruit-growing region. After a fragrant blossoming paradise during late April and early May, the region produces the sweetest and juiciest apples, cherries, pears and plums come harvest time. They can be bought in any of the local farm shops. The dishes that the cafés and restaurants create with this crisp local produce will satisfy every culinary desire. The jewels of the region are the Altländer half-timbered houses with their colourful timber and masonry façades, ornamental gates and kitchen gardens. Why does the fruit here ripen so well? It’s all down to the mild maritime climate created by the North Sea.This holiday region is steeped in tradition and boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in Northern Germany. It is the largest continuous fruit-growing region in Northern Europe, with 18 million fruit trees lining a 75 kilometre stretch of the River Elbe. It was the Dutch who originally reclaimed the Elbe Marshes. The Altes Land has been associated with cherries and apples in particular ever since. The Obstroute, or Fruit Trail, allows cyclists to set out from the Hanseatic towns and follow a path through the heart of the fruit-growing region. After a fragrant blossoming paradise during late April and early May, the region produces the sweetest and juiciest apples, cherries, pears and plums come harvest time. They can be bought in any of the local farm shops. The dishes that the cafés and restaurants create with this crisp local produce will satisfy every culinary desire. The jewels of the region are the Altländer half-timbered houses with their colourful timber and masonry façades, ornamental gates and kitchen gardens. Why does the fruit here ripen so well? It’s all down to the mild maritime climate created by the North Sea.

Fruity activities focusing on regional produce:
►Fruit farm tours ►Apple Crate Express tour ►Picnic under the apple trees ►Apple Diploma ►Sponsor an apple tree ►Apple picking

Event highlights:

Altländer Blütenfest - held during the first weekend in May, the Blütenfest, meaning ‘Blossom Festival’, features the crowning of the ‘Blossom Queen’ as well as plenty of traditional costumes and fireworks. This is the time of year when cherry and apple trees bring out their white and pink flowers to put on a spectacular display of blossom.

Altländer Apfeltage - During the harvest period from September to early November, various fruit farms in the region offer the opportunity to look over the farmer’s shoulder. By taking part in various apple-related activities on Apfeltage (meaning Apple Days), visitors are able to experience the apple harvest at close quarters. A particular highlight takes place on the second weekend in September when farms open their doors to the public.

Fine cuisine in a region of culinary delights

When it comes to culinary pleasure, in the Apfelland region the focus is particularly on apples and other fruits. Yet savoury delicacies ranging from asparagus to potatoes to fish from the North Sea can be found here too. The holiday region offers culinary delights and delicious regional specialities in its farm shops, cafés and restaurants throughout the year - authentic fruit farmers and Elbe fishermen are outstanding ambassadors for Lower Saxony’s cuisine, while Michelin-starred cooking, forgotten delights and delicious apple juice, applesecco and fruit brandy also await visitors’ delectation. Regional produce such as fruit, vegetables meat and fish and the dishes created with them are an integral part of our culture. Traditional and modern German cuisine that make use of regional produce both bring the people of the region together and invite guests to partake of this culinary experience. You can also enjoy these delights at our events, which include the Altländer Apfeltage (Apple Days), Kirschenwoche (Cherry Week) and beer festivals.

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Altes Land am Elbstrom - Natürlich vor Hamburg
Tourismusverband Landkreis Stade / Elbe e.V.
Kirchenstieg 30, 21720 Grünendeich
Telephone: +49 41 42 / 81 38 38 or Fax: +49 41 42 / 81 38 40
info(at)tourismusverband-stade.de

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