We wandered there through a lot of pretty, flat land. We drove through Bergen on the way. It was tiny. (For those who know it, it kind of reminded me of driving through Lake City.) I wonder if they will ever be associated with anything again other than Bergen-Belsen. There were potatoes for sale everywhere...and more trees and crosses at the roadsides.
For lunch, we were in a hurry and ended up at a really horrible Burger King off the Autobahn. There were only two places to eat - there, or a sit-down trucker restaurant, and we thought BK would be faster, but it probably wasn't. Apparently the area has a huge demand for fast food on Saturdays, because the line was enormous - and slow. I had the unfortunate experience of working at BK in the past and they worked differently and more slowly at this one. The bathrooms were pretty nice, though. :)
When we arrived in Undeloh, we stopped at a tourist info office to find out where to rent a bike. The woman operating the place was watering the flowers outside when we arrived, and did not see fit to stop watering them just to help us. It was too funny. She just saw no reason to help until she had finished with all the flowers, returned to the office, and adjusted the blinds - she wasn't trying to be a jerk. We got our bikes at a place called Smes Hof for 5 EUR each and rode off down the path toward Wilsede, some town out in the Heide which is said to have stayed in the past. No cars go out there. We thought we might stop there and ride around a few other places too. If you don't want to bike or walk, you can also ride in a horse-drawn cart out there. Undeloh had tons of places offering rides.
|Undeloh & Wilsede Aug 09|
The rental bikes weren't so hot and the path was either cobblestone or dirt/gravel/dust the whole way, and we had to dodge zillions of pedestrians on the same path, so biking actually turned out to be less pleasant than expected! I never got a cheap bike rental before and the bike paths around HD are usually paved, so I was totally naive about it. The scenery was gorgeous, though - not as purple as what we'd seen near Hermannsburg, but completely idyllic. We made it to Wilsede, which was composed of a few restaurants and barns and a museum. We had a drink and just headed back to Undeloh. On the way there a car came down the road. No cars, eh??
By the time we were done, we decided that we couldn't make it to Lüneburg. It wasn't that far away, but considering how much time driving around to the Altstadt and getting parked had taken in Celle, we thought it wouldn't work out. So we plugged our next destination into the GPS and headed north...