Altes Land has plenty to offer concerning culture
On the outskirts of Hamburg, from the river Elbe to Stade, Altes
Land is located. It is a man-made cultural landscape,
systematically planned and unique in Germany. For more than 800
years, settlers under the guidance of colonial leaders, have
wrestled the land away from the water and with hard work and great
sacrifices, they created a blooming landscape. Nothing comes from
Neat timber-framed houses with colourful bricked gables, carved “gable-swans”, “bridal doors” and ornamental gateways are testaments to the wealth of the residents. These valuables are still carefully maintained and preserved by the owners.
Ten old churches with splendid baroque features invite you to contemplation and reflection. Organ recitals with the historical organs made of Arp Schnitger do not only please visitors in blooming season.
Hiking or cycle rides on the pathways and small village roads along the dykes, where the neat houses are hidden, are refreshment for your body and soul.
The Elbe, the modern marinas or the old harbours at the feeder rivers emboss the maritime character of the region. From ancient times, shipping was and still is an economic pillar for the residents.
Fruit farming has an almost 700-year-old tradition in Altes Land and is today one of the most important industries for the residents of Altes Land. Most modern methods are used here on family farms to produce delicious, valuable fruits.
Great emphasis is placed on maintaining local customs, historical costumes, traditional dances, and old recipes (“wedding soup from Altes Land”, “butter cake”) and other traditions.
Thea Schliecker about her culture:
Culture, history, tradition and progress, tranquillity and busyness, friendly, open-minded people—all this is “my” Altes Land.