Lügde - Town of the Osterräder ( "Easter wheels")
Situated between the Teutoburg Forest and the Weserbergland hills, Lügde is especially distinguished by scenic diversity and a 1,000-year-old cultural history.
Lüdge is primarily known for the Osterräderlauf, an ancient local custom that traditionally takes place on Easter Sunday, and every year entices thousands of visitors to the beautiful historical old town. At the onset of darkness, six burning oakwood wheels stuffed with straw roll free from the summit of the Osterberg hill, down towards the valley. According to an ancient folk belief, a good harvest can be counted on if all wheels roll down the hill as straight ahead as possible. At the end of this "Easter wheel run", the sky is lit up with impressive fireworks.
Lügde for friends of fairy tales
The town of the Osterräder – since 2012, the city may officially adorn itself with this official name supplement. The traditional Easter wheel run is omnipresent in the tranquil town on the banks of the Emmer river. Whether the Brothers Grimm also saw the fascinating Osterräderlauf is not known, but in any event, inspiration was found here and taken up in the legends “The Springwurzel” and “The Köterberg” in their compilation “German Legends”. Whoever visits the Köterberg can be convinced by the magic of the landscape and explore the legends close up.
The full expectations of hiking enthusiasts are met in Lügde. For example on the Lügde mythology road that runs along mythical locations and is culturally historically significant places. To this day, a white maiden still haunts the woods in search of her beloved. The five-kilometre long thematic walk brings you to interesting legendary places and informative stations. Also for bicycle enthusiasts, Lügde has much to offer. A special highlight is the Emmer cycle path. The 50 km long bike route next to the approx. 65 km long river convinces with nature experiences, cultural highlights and buildings full of history and stories. These impressions follow one another along the course of the Emmer River like a string of pearls.
Lügde for holiday tourists and day visitors
Lügde is known for its historical town centre with the beautifully restored half-timbered houses and façades, mediaeval ramparts and the two well-preserved defence towers. Historically significant and absolutely worth seeing is also the Romanesque Kilian church from the 12th century, one of the oldest churches in Germany.
A worthwhile destination is also the Emmer Meadow Park at the edge of the old town. With its beach and adventure playground, the park offers leisure-time pleasure for young and old.
One can explore Lügde and its outlying districts on foot or by bicycle. More than 120 km of cycling and footpaths offer the opportunity to explore Lügde’s attractive natural setting. There is much worth seeing along the routes, such as the stork ward, the 1,000-year-old lime tree, or the monastery grounds in Falkenhagen.
Whoever visits Lügde should also definitely take a trip to Köterberg. At 497 metres, it is the highest elevation in the Lipper highlands. From the peak, one can enjoy a wonderful vista of the Teutoburg Forest and the Weserbergland hills.