The village of Bovenden is situated in a scenic location in the Leinebergland region just outside the city of Göttingen on the course of the German Fairy Tale Route.
The surrounding Leine valley and Plessforst forest offer visitors many different leisure activities in woods and fields. Above the hamlet of Bovenden, the striking Plesse Castle rises on a rock of light shell limestone and is a popular and legendary excursion destination in the region.
Bovenden for friends of fairy tails
It is no coincidence that the village of Bovenden with Plesse Castle has been a member of the "German Fairy Tale Route Association” for 40 years. The "German Legends" collection published by the brothers Grimm includes two of the 20 known Plesse legends: "The Silent People of Plesse" and "The Swan Rings of Plesse". The Grimm brothers also visited nearby Plesse Castle at the latest during their time at the University of Göttingen (1829-1837).
In her capacity as a Bovender symbolic figure in connection with the German Fairy Tale Route, "Adelheid von Plesse" represents a noble woman who lived in Plesse Castle around 1200. During, varied guided fairytale tours, "Adelheid von Plesse" will introduce you to the castle and its history.
Bovenden for holiday tourists and day visitors
Visitors can comfortably reach Plesse Castle as hikers or by bicycle on well-maintained paths or by car on the German Fairytale Route.
From the mighty castle the visitor has a magnificent view over the Leine valley and the bordering mountains up to Solling and Harz. In the romantic surroundings of the castle complex, guests can expect a cultivated gastronomy with home-style cooking in the "Knights' Hall" and the "Vaulted Cellar" as well as in the beer garden situated in the castle courtyard.
The village of Bovenden maintains four caravan/camper sites with the necessary supply and disposal facilities. From there you can go on extensive cycling tours in the Leine Valley. The Harz-Heide cycle path runs through the village of Bovenden.
A stay in the heated bathing pool Ratsburgbad Reyershausen with its various games and sports facilities offers recreational fun for the whole family.