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Hankensbüttel is a town in Lower Saxony.


Junkerstraße in Wittingen, with half-timbered houses

This article covers attractions and facilities for visitors in and around the villages of Hankensbüttel, Knesebeck and Wittingen in the district of Gifhorn.

Get in[edit]

Take a flight to Hamburg, Hannover or Berlin. Then take a high-speed train to Wolfsburg. From there, you may take a cab to Knesebeck. Alternatively, take the regional train to Knesebeck (via Braunschweig, Gifhorn), which might be a little bit slower.


  • 1 Hankensbüttel Otter Centre (Otter-Zentrum Hankensbüttel), Sudendorfallee 1 (North of Gifhorn on the B 244 federal road), +49 5832 98080. Open: 1 Feb - last Sun in Mar, 9.30AM - 5PM, last Sun in Mar - last Sun in Oct, 9.30AM - 6PM, last Sun in Oct - 30 Nov, 9.30AM - 5PM. A great place to relax and enjoy wildlife. As well as otters, there are polecats, minks, otter hounds, badgers and other animals. Very educational and child-friendly with a good self-service restaurant on site. Well worth a detour (32 km / 20 mi). Adults €8.50, children 4-17yrs €5, family tickets and student etc. reductions available.
  • 2 Privatbrauerei Wittingen, Ernst-Stackmann-Straße 7, Wittingen, +49 5831 255-55. Tour of the brewery available by appointment.


There are good opportunities in Knesebeck for hiking, jogging, hunting and horse-riding.

  • 1 Freibad Campingplatz (Strandbad Knesebeck), An der Badeanstalt. Public outdoor pool and beach, mini golf



This lovely morning view is of the Hankensbüttel Cemetery





Go next[edit]

Attractions in the region are the Lüneburger Heide and the town of Gifhorn, the Phaeno and Autostadt in Wolfsburg, the historic old towns of Celle and Lüneburg as well as the Museumsdorf Hösseringen near Uelzen.

This city travel guide to Hankensbüttel is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.