The high route Drawehn is part of the circular route Wendland and about 75km/46.6mi long, starting in Hitzacker and running to Clenze. The trail runs through woods and sometimes through agricultural areas. You'll be also hiking across the ice-age mountain range.
From Hitzacker to Wietzetze ( about 15km/9.3mi)
The first stage leads through the biosphere reserve „Niedersächsische Elbtalaue“ towards Wietzetze. The reserve is part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve „Flusslandschaft Elbe“, which extends over several federal states. Continue further through a beech and oak forest, take the path along the steep slope of Elbhöhen. At some stages the path suddenly turns into a steep ascent just to descend shortly afterwards. The pastureland slowly becomes flatter while you hike via Tiessau and after 9km/5.6mi you reach Drethem. In Drethem itself you may visit the Protestant chapel made of brick and get a refreshment at the „Biergarten“ opposite the chapel. At this point the trail diverges from the river Elbe and continues further towards Wietzetze, where you might want to spend the night.
From Wietzetze to Göhrde (about 12km/7.4mi)
After a short way on the road in Wietzetze continue across meadows and fields, passed an old barrow and across train tracks within a thin pine forest. In june/july this path is covered in orange lilies, which is a beautiful sight and unique in Europe. This is why the path is called Lilienpfad – Lily path. Continue further until you pass a mountain hut and hike up the hill. Up there emerges a beautiful view across the surrounding area of Drahwehn. It is also a good place to take a break.
Next the path runs through a hundreds of years old oak alley to the village Govelin and further to Göhrde. In Göhrde itself you may either visit the forest museum or the imperial hunting chateau. There is also an hotel within an old farmhouse.
From Göhrde to Zernien (about 12km/7.4mi)
The third stage leads passed the hunting chateau into the former imperial forest. Definitely worth a short detour is „Wiekauer Kuhle“, where a hundred year old oak bends over a small pond.
Back on the actual trail you'll soon reach „Breeser Grund“ a wonderful valley with heathers and very old oak trees. Afterwards hike via the village Riebrau, passed the golf course to Zernien. Zernien is home of a small spa.
From Zernien to Clenze (about 25km/15.5mi)
The last stage of the high route Drawehn starts at „Sender Dannenberg“, an impressive radio mast at the edge of Zernien. Along the way you'll pass several small villages while hiking across undulating landscape. Shortly behind Gülden turn left and hike up the hill Hohen Mechtin, known as the highest evelation of Wendland (142m/466ft).
Whilst hiking back down you'll pass a modest little hamlet and eventually reach a resting area. Afterwards you hike further onto Drawehn mountain range, which emerged during the last Ice Age and continue through the natural preserve Elbenhöhen-Wendland. Look out for some rare plant and animal species.
Next you'll cross the national road Ülzen-Lüchow and get to the village Dickfeitzen, where you'll have a beautiful view across the area. After another 4km/2.5mi you'll reach Reddereitz a district of Clenze. Close by are two megalithic tombs from the Stone Age and located south-east of Reddereitz you'll find the boulder park „Clenzer Schweiz“. The park shows massive stones that came into this area during the last Ice Age. They are called foundlings.
At this stage it is only four more kilometres to Clenze.