Located right in the middle of a designated landmark area between Bremen, Worpswede and Fischerhude, the re-sort of Lilienthal offers a wide range of interesting leisure activities.
Surrounded by meadows as far as the eye can see, Lilienthal has made a name for itself as a popular destination for days out between Bremen and the Devil's Moor.
The Abbey Church of St Mary in the historical town centre dates back to the founding of the Cistercian Convent (1232). The convent was called Vallis Liliorum, which is also where the name of the town comes from. At the end of the 18th century, the astronomer Johann Hieronymus Schroeter had one of the biggest observatories in Europe built in the abbey garden (Amtsgarten). His astronomical instruments, drawings and maps can still be seen today in the Schroeter Archive of the local history museum.
There's so much to see and do in Lilienthal and the surrounding region: you can cool off in the indoor pool or in the swimming lakes, play golf, take a kayak trip (with or without a guide), go on a covered-wagon ride, explore the riding trails (Bed & Box), take a trip on a peat barge or embark on a nature discovery tour.
There are numerous cycle routes and walking trails that cut across scenic landscapes of rivers and meadows on the edge of the Devil's Moor. The village centre reveals St Marien, a former Cistercian convent church, whose foundation coincides with the order's early spread across Europe. The building also comprises an old monastic garden, at one time used by 18th-century astronomer J H Schroeter for his studies. Other key attractions include an open-air theatre stage, several local museums (Horse-Carriage Museum of Lower Saxony) and a number of exhibitions at the Murkens Hof arts centre.
The cycling and walking paths are especially popular with tourists: Lilienthal is a waypoint on various long-distance routes and it also has shorter routes focused on particular themes. The network of cycle paths is so good that you can easily put together your own tours. The well-signposted trails point the way through meadows and along the dykes of the Wümme, Wörpe and Hamme rivers.