The Area

Owing to its natural and unspoilt character, the Oste River provides a habitat for the various flora and fauna. Nearly the entire stretch of the river traversing the district of Rotenburg (Wümme) is part of the EU-wide network of protected areas, also known as Natura 2000. The Oste River originates from a heath stream near the town of Tostedt, continues its course through picturesque marshlands and forest areas and finally turns into a stream winding through lush meadows. This rich scenery makes the area popular for water hikers who want to experience nature close up and enjoy peace and relaxation.

Twelve boarding and landing points along the entire navigable stretch of the river traversing the district of Rotenburg (Wümme) ensure easy access to the water. If you do not have a canoe of your own, you can hire one at one of the local canoe rentals that bring the boat to the desired boarding point.

The surrounding region of the Oste River offers a variety of off-water activities, such as the Stone Experience Cycle Route, the Bremervörde Nature and Adventure Park, the historic watermills in Sittensen and Eitze and much, much more.

If you would like to find out more about this unique water hiking region, please contact the Rotenburg (Wümme) Tourist Association TouROW or the local canoe rentals.


Touristikverband Landkreis Rotenburg zwischen Heide und Nordsee e. V.
- abbreviated: TouROW -

Am Pferdemarkt 1
27356 Rotenburg

Phone: +49 (0)4261 81960
Fax: +49 (0)4261 819620