G20 summit preparations in Hamburg – I don’t really have to be in the city! That’s why I spontaneously made my way to Buxtehude today to walk the Este hiking trail from there to Cranz on the top of the dike – a good decision!

I got the tour proposal from my outdoor friends at „outdooractive„, it’s the hike „On the Estedeich through the Alte Land„. The distance is indicated with 14.4 km, my track recording with „Geo Tracker“ finally resulted in 15.4 km which I walked in a little over 3 hours very comfortably. The small side trip to the St. Martini church in Estebrügge could be responsible for the somewhat longer distance.

The starting point of the tour is Buxtehude, one of the new Hanseatic towns in the north that has only had its name added since 2014. Buxtehude can be reached by S-Bahn from Hamburg and reveals itself as a cute little town with lots of half-timbered houses, small alleys with cosy cafés and restaurants and the very beautiful church St. Petri which is located in the middle of the historic city centre.

But already after a few metres of the tour, one leaves Buxtehude behind and finds oneself on the top of the dike where one remains until the end of the hike. On the way, half-timbered houses and ancient fruit trees nestle close to the dike, so that one sometimes has the feeling of walking through the living room of the residents.

Obsthof in Moorende
Fruit yard in Moorende

In good weather I recommend you a hat, a cap or any other headgear, because you are very exposed on the top of the dike. Besides, sun cream in the neck can’t hurt as I had to find out myself 😉 As I walked during the week, the few shops and restaurants on the way were all closed, but at the weekend, the problem should not exist, so that one can enjoy here and there a snack or a cold beer on the Estewanderweg.

As a hamburger who rarely comes into nature you will wonder how unbelievably green and rural it can be if you take the S-Bahn for only 30 minutes.

Deichkrone des Estedeiches, ständiger Begleiter auf dem Estewanderweg
Crown of the Estedeich dike, permanent companion on the Este hiking trail

After a little more than a third of the hike, you should cross the Este to the village of Estebrügge. On the one hand one passes one of the rather rare revolving bridges of Northern Germany, on the other hand there is the St. Martini church in Estebrügge, whose tower has rotated by more than 30° due to the settling of the building.

The webcam in Fred Lang’s garden shows an updated picture of the revolving bridge every second. On his website you will also find a lot of interesting information about Este, the town of Estebrügge and the Old Land in general – it’s worth taking a look.

Behind the church there is the very well-kept cemetery which I did not take a closer look at, because there was a lot of visitors and I didn’t want to disturb the people. Small tip for full bubbles or overheated minds: Behind the church there are very clean and free public toilets on the left hand side.

Turm der St. Martini Kirche in Estebrügge
Tower of the St. Martini Church in Estebrügge

A few impressions of the beautiful Este hiking trail might motivate you to put on your hiking boots again, although they are certainly not necessary for this easy to walk trail, a few comfortable sneakers or your favourite sneaker will do too!

You like open landscapes with lots of sun? Then take a look at the Boberger lowlands.

The Este hiking trail in pictures

St. Petri in Buxtehude
St. Petri in Buxtehude
Elbmarsch Impressionen
Elbmarsch Impressions
Elbmarsch Impressionen
Elbmarsch Impressions
Obsthof in Moorende
Fruit yard in Moorende
Elbmarsch Impressionen
Elbmarsch Impressions
Elbmarsch Impressionen
Elbmarsch Impressions
Blick auf Estebrügge
View of Estebrügge
Blick auf Estebrügge
View of Estebrügge
Nördlicher Blick von der Drehbrücke Estebrügge
Northern view from the swing bridge Estebrügge
Südlicher Blick von der Drehbrücke Estebrügge
Southern view from the swing bridge Estebrügge
Friedhofseingang St. Martini
Cemetery entrance St. Martini
Mein Königreich :-)
My kingdom 🙂
Elbmarsch Impressionen
Elbmarsch Impressions
Fachwerkhaus in Königreich
Half-timbered house in Kingdom
Elbmarsch Impressionen
Elbmarsch Impressions
Fachwerkhaus in Moorende
Half-timbered house in Moorende
Wieder in Hamburg
Back in Hamburg
Gasthaus "Zur Post"
Inn „Zur Post“

I still know the inn „Zur Post“ from my time when I lived in Neu Wulmstorf. On Inlines or with the bicycle I drove more often by the Elbmarschen up to the Estesperrwerk which is directly behind the inn. The fish tastes excellent there and the beer is cold and delicious, but also for coffee & cake a visit is worthwhile. Try to get a table on the terrace with a view of the Este!

The guesthouse also offers 6 holiday apartments. In my eyes the ideal place for a Hamburg vacation, because one lives in the green, has a great starting point for hikes and bike tours, visits to fruit farms and ferry tours, but if you want to get into the hustle and bustle of the Hanseatic city, there is a bus every 15 minutes directly in front of the front door to the city.

Unfortunately the owners were on a well-deserved vacation today, so that I had to do without my fish for the time being. After a short bus ride to Finkenwerder I got my fish and a beer in the „Finkenwerder Landungsbrücken„, a fish restaurant which is also very recommendable.

With the HVV ferry 62 from Finkenwerder to Landungsbrücken my tour ended much too fast.


What’s your favorite track in the Old Land? Are there places you have to see and things you have to do?
Tell me in the comment!

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