1. Red sandstone bridge and Riesswarte
The red sandstone bridge spans over the stream Krummes Wasser at the street Ivenstraße and composes with its two pinned pointed arches a unique building originated in the 16th century. Already 500 years ago, it connected - as part of the military road Einbeck-Alfeld-Hannover - the southern German cities with the cities of the Hanseatic League of the North.
Riesswarte: Formerly, a Warte (oberservation point) was part of the external defences of a fortification or town. Very often this observation point was a fortified tower that was located at a long distance from the actual fortification so that it was possible to detect enemies early on. Further to the territorial fortified towers, this tower belonged to the three surveillance observation points on Einbeck’s territory. In Middle High German the main word ris means stick, twig, bushes, scrub,… .
2. Old Lime Tree
A few hundred metres along the route you will find the ancient lime tree at the Ohle farm. This former natural monument is more than 600 years old and has a trunk circumference of seven metres. At the left of the paths you may see the “sour meadows”.
3. The stream Krummes Wasser
Alongside the stream Krummes Wasser surrounded by poplars and willows on flat roads the way leads up to Kuventhal. Especially at the end of the way you will find wonderful rich stream vegetation between track and water in spring and in summer.
In a 50 metres deep valley incision the village Kuventhal lies at the stream Krummes Wasser. The name of the village is said to go back on the old field name copa-kowe-Kufe – meaning curved or bent (krumm or gekrümmt), so that it should mean something like “village in the curved valley”. The chronicle of the village tells of frequent dire flooding following snow melting or torrential showers. In such manner a flooding in summer 1886 is reported to have reached a high mark of four metres in the village and caused heavy damages.
5. The bridge Wilhelmsbrücke
There was already a bridge built across the valley of the stream Krummes Wasser from 1827 to 1830. This bridge was named after Duke Wilhelm of Cambridge: Wilhelmsbrücke. The modern two-storey bridge was then built in 1955/56 when the old bridge could no longer withstand traffic on the national road B3. This bridge was a technical masterpiece of its time.
6. The tower Kuventhaler Turm
Country lane K 659 that has very little traffic takes us past the former tower Kuventhaler Turm. A photomontage shows what the tower might have looked like – as the northernmost spot of the territorial forces it guarded Einbeck’s borders to the north.
If you would like to leave the route and take a detour to the small chapel, follow the main road in Wenzen in direction to the exit Brunsen. Right before you reach the village sign, turn left on a road in direction to the village exit Stroit. After approximately 700 metres, you will cross a railway bridge in direction to Hilskapelle (signposted). You will get to the chapel situated at the edge of the forest on the path Hils Bibelweg (Bible path of the Hils mountain range). The beautiful location invites visitors to have a break and enjoy the view on the villages one has just crossed.
The coat of arms of the family von Eimen can be found at a lot of places in Einbeck’s Old Town. The family name stems from the village name and the lords of the House von Eimen that were residing there in mediaeval times. The village Eimen is located in the northwest of Einbeck in municipality of Holzminden in the valley Hilletal. A little bit elevated in the middle of the village you will find the chapel that was built as an extension of the old tower starting from 1564. In the 15th century this village belonged to Heinrich the Younger of Brunswick. Between Eimen and Rengershausen the cycling path takes you past the mill Hellenbergsmühle.
This village was first mentioned around the year 900. In the picture above you can see the old milestone situated in the centre of the village Rengershausen. From here, the cycling paths takes you to Avendshausen that is located at the northern border of the former territorial forces of Einbeck - today this is the border of the city district.
This village was probably already founded between 500 and 800 A.D. It was first mentioned in the 10th century. Around the year 1626, the village was completely destroyed by the emperor’s army under the command of General Tilly, but it was reconstructed shortly afterwards.
Vardelhusen was first mentioned in 1245. In the 14th century it was temporary pledged to the bishop of Hildesheim. The chapel Georgskapelle belonged to Markoldendorf until the 17th century.
For many centuries, the border between the bishopric Hildesheim and the principality Grubenhagen separated the village Holtensen in two parts. This can still be recognised from today’s street names Auf der Stiftsseite (on the side of the bishopric) and Auf der Amtsseite (on the side of the authorities).
At the church St.-Nikolai-Kirche in Hullersen, it was already preached in the Lutheran confession in 1522. Event thought the preacher Ebbrecht was thrown into the dungeon for doing so, the Reformation could not be stopped anymore.
Now follow the cycling path further 3.5 kilometres past the river Ilme up to the starting point – you have made it and may enjoy food and beverages in one of our restaurants, cafés or ice cream parlours in the beautiful setting of our historic Marquet Square.
You would like to carry on?
In that case follow the tip in the description above and connect this loop cycling route with the route Salt & Castles.