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Very charming waterways in the fens of Niedersachsen


Oste River, Oste-Hamme-Canal / Hamme & Lesum Rivers | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 70 km
Max. depth: 0.80
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Not navigable all through
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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River Oste in Niedersachsen
The cleanest and most northerly tributary stream to the River Elbe. The river is navigable for maritime ships up to the wharf of Schwarzenhütten after Oberndorf thereafter pleasure boaters and canoeists are left amongst themselves.
This is the cleanest navigable river of Niedersachsen. It meanders through untouched grass- and marshland and is a paradise for nature lovers and fishermen. But it also offers something to people interested in techniques since one finds on this 74 km navigable river next to the very modern barrage at the Elbe estuary at Osten, the oldest transporters bridge of Germany.
The ferries of the Oste are also part of the 250 km long ferry route connecting Kiel and Bremervörde.


Places along the River Oste
Geversdorf / Oberndorf / Osten / Bremervörde

Hamme-Oste-Kanal
The connection between Hamme and Oste was built in 1770 and connects the Oste at Brmervörde with the Hamme at Viehspecken. At the moment its used for d-watering only but there is a project to make it navigable again. Therewith a bit trip for boaters in the triangle of Elbe-Weser, navigating on 7 rivers, would be possible. And with it, it would finally be possible to get over the Oste to Viehspecken with their famous Torfkahnfahrten (peat boat trips).

The trip goes from Teufelsmoor on the Oste-Hamme-Kanal, which is navigable for a few kilometers, to the confluent with Hamme at the Hammehütte “Neu Helgoland”. Then it first goes past Mechler’s Hütte to Tietjens Hütte. There, the short canal branches off to the port of Osterholz-Scharmbeck, which is always worth a visit. One continues on the Hamme to its confluent with the Wümme at Ritterhude. As from there, the river is called “Lesum”  for a few kilometers until it flows into the Weser.

Parts of the food are self understood the shrimps of the Oste and different recipes of eastern Friesland.

Niedersachsen has for always also been a county that gets flooded, therefore no great values were given to cellars. This might also be a reason for the few wine cellars. One prefers beer and spirits.