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Wingst (Chambered Tomb)

The tomb has a roughly west-easterly oriented burial chamber with a width of 1.3 m; the length can not be determined exactly. In situ are still the western end stone, as seen from the west, the first and second support stone of the northern and the first and third support stone of the southern long wall. The western capstone still rests in its original position. The following capstone lies at one end on the northern support stone, the southern end rests on the chamber floor. The eastern end of the burial chamber is not preserved.

The tomb is located west-northwest of Dobrock and northwest of Weissenmoor in the forest of Wingst. In several other places of this forest there used to be other megalithic tombs of unknown numbers. In Dobrock drive on the Krönckeweg to the west. After about 1.3 km you will reach a forest parking lot, park here. Take the main forest path to the north (right) and walk for about 550 m. At the Neue Königstanne (New King's Fir) there is a path leading to the west, take this path and after another 80 m a small trail branches at a sign to the left, which leads directly to the tomb.

Visited June 2019

Lamstedt (Passage Grave)

Lamstedt is a very well-preserved passage grave with a trapezoidal layout consisting of 8 support stones and one endstone on the broad end side (the other is missing). On the support stones are still three huge capstones, the fourth lies broken in the southeastern chamber area. Clearly recognizable is an inward inclination of the supporting stones of the approximately four-meter-long chamber. A gap in the middle of the southwestern long side marks the entrance.

The passage grave is located in a clearing in the forest of Westerberg north of Lamstedt. You drive on the K21 from Lamstedt in the direction of Wingst. Approximately 500 m after passing the Steingarten Westerberg, a sign shows the way to the right in the forest and you can park your car. Follow the forest path straight on and after about 150 m you will pass a nice burial mound on the right, before turning right onto the forest path after approx. 450 m (from the road). After another 60 meters the tomb is on the right side in a small clearing.

Visited June 2019

Steinkiste von Meckelstedt (Cist)

North of Meckelstedt lie the remains of a series of burial mounds, which according to a count in 1893 consisted of more than 30 burial mounds. In 1896 one of the mounds was opened and under a stone packing a stone cist consisting of slabs and boulders was found. The Bronze Age stone cist consists of seven stone stones and five cover plates.

The content of the stone cist of Meckelstedt is one of the most important Bronze Age grave finds (bronze sword, axe and dagger among other things).

At Meckelstedt 1 turn into the road Steinbergshörner Strasse (a sign indicates "Residents only", which I ignored). After about 750 m take the road Hohe Berge, which turn off to the left, and you'll reach the stone cist, which lies directly left (west of the road) after 650 m.

Visited June 2019

Meckelstedt 1 (Chambered Tomb)

This once probably impressive tomb is now heavily destroyed, a mound is not visible anymore. The burial chamber is oriented west-east and has a width of 1.8 m. According to a report, the tomb had still eight support stones and two capstones in the 19th century. When Ernst Sprockhoff examined the tomb in 1927, only two support stones of the southern long side, one of the northern long side, and a capstone resting on them were present. In this state, the tomb is still today. The capstone has a length of 3 m, a width of 2 m and a thickness of 1.5 m and is littered with numerous cups on its southeastern surface.

The tomb is located only 2.5 km northwest of Großenhain and lies directly north of the through road Meckelstedter Strasse near the eastern end of the village under a few trees.

Visited June 2019

Großenhain (Chambered Tomb)

The tomb is unfortunately heavily destroyed, so its kind of tomb or its original appearance can not be reconstructed. The burial chamber is oriented approximately northwest-southeast. Only two wall stones of the southwest long side and one of the northwest long side are preserved in situ. On these three stones rests a large capstone with a length of 2.6 m, a width of 1.7 m and a thickness of 0.7 m.

Großenhain, also called Dansenstein (Low German for dancing stone) is located about 2 km north of Großenhain at the highest point under a grove of trees in the midst of fields, so that you can see the picturesque tomb already from a distance. Although pretty much destroyed and only of average size, the tomb is one of the kind that which surrounds a special aura.

Drive on the L119 from Großenhain towards Meckelstedt. Around 2 km afte you leave Großenhain, the road Neue Siedlung branches off to the right. Follow this road for approximately 575 m and park your car here where the road bends right. Walk along the road for another 50 m, then take the field track to the left, which leads along bushes on the right straight into a northern direction. Follow this track for about 400 m, you should already see the tomb on the highest point of the fields to the right side.

Visited June 2019

Rade (Cist)

The stone cist in the Feldmark Rade was discovered 1949 and was restored in 2014 by the AG praktische Archäologie (working group practical archeology) of the district Harburg.

The cist has a length of 2.80 meters and a mean width of 1.50 at a height of 0.80 meters. On the two long sides were each 3 support stones as in the large Megalithic tombs with the straight surface inside. The gaps were filled with small stones. Strange is the strong inside inclination of the support stones. As they are all inclined at the same angle inward, it was assumed that this intentionally happened to use shorter capstones.

To get to the stone cist at Rade you drive from the motorway exit Rade on the B3 north. After about 1.3 km turn right into the road Grauener Heide and follow it for about 550 m to the end. At the access road to a private house you leave the car and continue on the following forest road. After about 600 m, follow the main path, which turns rectangular at the right (south). After approx. 160 m, a barely visible path leads off to the left. Follow this path and after about 60 m you reach the stone cist, which is on the right side of the path.

Visited May 2019

Wenzendorf (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Unfortunately, the tomb, also popularly known as Margaretenstein, is a rather heavily damaged site with a burial chamber oriented in an east-west direction. In situ are the western support stone and the first of the southern longitudinal side. Between both is also a rest of the filling with small stones preserved. Other supporting stones and capstones are relocated and partly shattered. It was probably originally a five-yoke chamber.

The megalithic tomb is located north of Wennerstorf, a district of Wenzendorf, south of the A1 autobahn. Take the path north out of Wennerstorf. After a right and a left turn, a path leads to the left with a barrier into the forest. North of the path and from this not visible lies the tomb on a small hill after about 175 meters.

Visited May 2019

Steinbeck (Chambered Tomb)

From this once exceptionally large site today only a modest remainder left. During the record by Ernst Sprockhoff in 1967, only three enclosure stones of the southwestern long side and the western cornerstone of the northwestern narrow side were found in situ. Another in situ stone is walled in the corner of a house. Three other stones are no longer in their original position, one is split. According to a report from 1813, the tomb had a northwest-southeast oriented hunebed 70 meters long and 5.4 meters wide. Of the enclosure were still 34 stones available, which corresponded to less than a quarter of the original inventory. The burial chamber was 11 meters from one end of the hunebed. It had a length of 10.5 m, a width of 2.4 m and a height of 1.75 m and was a so-called Emsland chamber consited of 15 support stones and four capstones.

The tomb lies nowadays in the driveway of two family homes directly in the village Steinbeck, southwest of the crossing of the B75 and Wenzendorfer Straße. The overall state is poor, so a visit is recommended only for real enthusiasts.

Visited May 2019

Nenndorf (Passage Grave)

The tomb is located west of Emsen in the Nenndorfer Interessentenforst, just 500 m north of the autobahn A 1.

Although missing all enclosing stones and most of the capstones, nevertheless Nenndorf is a very nice passage grave and all the effort worth finding it. The burial chamber is still deepened in the burial mound, so that one can hardly recognize the grave from the approaching path. The enclosure, from which unfortunately no stones are preserved, was with 55 m length and 8 m width larger than that of Klecken. The burial chamber lies in the southwestern part of the enclosure. It has a length of 5 m, a width of 1.5 m and a height of 1.5 m, all support stones are still in situ. Overall, the chamber has one endstone on the narrow sides and four pairs of support stones on the long sides. Between the two northeastern stones of the southeastern long side is a gap, which is followed by a wall stone pair of the passage. Of the capstones only a fragment was found, which probably belonged to the northeastern capstone.

In Emsen from the K13 take the Mienenbütteler Weg. After about 500 m you'll reach a crossing, either park you car here or continue in a southwestern direction for another 600 m (if your car is suitable for this terrain), before you'll reach the forest. From here a forest path leads in a western direction, walk this path for about 175 m, then turn left to walk for further 275 m in a southern direction. You'll reach a T-crossing, turn right here. Walk for 325 m on the path, after that look out for the mound, which is only 30 m north of this path.

Highly recommended if your in this area.

Visited May 2019

Langenrehm (Passage Grave)

The site has a flat, round hill bank. In it are the remains of the northwest-southeast oriented burial chamber. In situ are still the northwestern endstone and five support stones of the northeastern long side, of which the middle one, however, is slightly shifted inwards, as an overturned capstone rests on it. The mighty capstone has some drill holes.

The tomb is located about 90m west of the radio tower Langenrehm under a row of trees at the edge of a field. Coming from Emsen, drive north on the Emsener Dorfstrasse in the direction of Langenrehm. After about 1.5 km you reach a crossroads, here you turn right into the street Am Hamboken. Follow this road for about 280 m, before turning left onto the street Diekkoppel into a residential area. Here you park the car and follow the road to the north on foot. After about 110m the road ends, a dirt road leads then between the houses and a paddock around a field directly to the grave.

Visited May 2019

taken from the on-site information board:

Megalithic tomb from the Neolithic Emsen-Langenrehm

Around 5,500 years ago - and thus long before the construction of the pyramids - the custom was spreading among the people of northern Germany to bury the dead in megalithic tombs. These sites were used repeatedly and over a longer period of time as a tomb.

The Hohe Stein (High Stone) at Langenrehm is a so-called passage grave: it had on one side an access, through which you got into the burial chamber originally covered with a mound. The grave was destroyed long ago by stone seekers, who smashed the large boulders and processed into building material. The small, long oval depressions that run in two rows over the many tonne capstone are typical signs that someone had tried to break this boulder with iron wedges.

Excavations in 1931 and 1934 were used to recover some finds from the grave. These are stone utensils and tomb ceramics from around 3200 BC.

For thousands of years, megalithic tombs were the only permanently visible structures in the landscape and therefore always had a great effect on people.

Around 2000 BC the Hohe Stein was used a second time by people who also buried their relatives here. Finally, between 500 BC and Christ's birth the deceased were buried a third time in the mound that covered the burial chamber.

Buxtehude (Chambered Tomb)

This tomb is in rather poor condition. A mound is not visible. The burial chamber is probably oriented northeast-southwest, three support stones and a capstone have been preserved.

The tomb is located in a private garden, so I just could take some pictures from a road nearby.

The site is located on the outskirts of Buxtehude in the Altkloster district at the point where the street Am Klöterbusch leads into the entrance to the grounds of a riding hall.

Visited May 2019


The complex consists of four large long barrows, each containing an extended dolmen transversely to the longitudinal axis. A fifth long barrow was still present in the 19th century.

The four enclosures of medium length are located west of the village, (direction Bliedersdorf) in a light beech grove called the Dohrn. Their borders are still largely complete. The extended dolmen originally had two capstones, but are only preserved at Bliedersdorf 1 and Bliedersdorf 4. One capstone is missing from Bliedersdorf 2 and both are missing from Bliedersdorf 3. The tombs Bliedersdorf 1, Bliedersdorf 2 and Bliedersdorf 3 are located in a northwest-southeast aligned row, while Bliedersdorf 4 is offset by 30 meters parallel southeast next to it. The triple formation has a total length of about 120 meters. The entrances to Bliedersdorf 3 and Bliedersdorf 4 are in the northeast, the other two in the southwest.

Currently the forest in which the tombs are located is unfortunately closed and access is forbidden, as several of the up to two hundred and fifty-year-old beech trees threaten to fall down.

But overall this is a mystical places with a lot of aura and atmosphere. Hopefully, the forest owners will soon find a way to make this place worth seeing again to the public.

Drive on the K26 from Hohebrugge to Grundoldendorf. Immediately at the entrance to the village, a road on the left leads northwest to Bliedersdorf. After about 250m you'll reach a small wood with a parking lot in the bend of the road. The tombs are located in this small wood.

Visited May 2019

Bliedersdorf 1 (Long Barrow)

Bliedersdorf 1 is a very well preserved long barrow of 51 meters lenght and 8 meters width. Almost all stones are present and are in situ. The stones on the narrow sides are larger than those of the long sides. In the middle of the enclosure there is a chamber with two support stones transverse to the longitudinal direction. It can be considered an extended dolmen. Their dimensions are about 3 x 1.2 meters. The access is in the southwest. Immediately northwest with a gap of only 3 meters, the tomb Bliedersdorf 2 connects.

Visited May 2019

Bliedersdorf 2 (Long Barrow)

Bliedersdorf 2 is well preserved. Some stones of the enclosure are missing, some more are slightly shifted. The dimension is 28 x 6 meters. The chamber is located slightly northwest of the center of the enclosure. A capstone is still on the stones. The access is in the southwest. Immediately northwest with a gap of only about 3 meters, the tomb Bliedersdorf 3 connects.

Visited May 2019

Bliedersdorf 4 (Long Barrow)

Bliedersdorf 4 is very well preserved. The length is 39 meters, the width 7 meters. It lacks only a few stones of the enclosure. The chamber is located slightly southeast of the center. It is an extended dolmen of 4 x 2 meters inside. Only a support stone of the chamber is missing. Both capstones are, only slightly shifted, still on. While the tombs 1-3 are located close to each other in a row, Bliedersdorf 4 is offset by 30 meters parallel to the southeast of the other tombs.

Visited May 2019

Bliedersdorf 3 (Long Barrow)

Bliedersdorf 3 is relatively well preserved, it lacks some stones of the enclosure, some more are slightly shifted. The dimension is approximately 30 x 6 meters. The chamber is located slightly northwest of the center of the enclosure. The support stones of the chamber are all still present, but all capstones are missing. The size of the chamber is approximately 3 x 1.5 meters.

Visited May 2019

Horneburg 2 (Long Barrow)

Horneburg 2 is an approximately northeast-southwest oriented long barrow of about 80 meters in length. From the enclosure only a few stones on the southeastern long side are preserved. Approximately in the middle is a no longer complete chamber. It is believed that it originally consisted of 4 yokes. At the western end of the long barrrow is a second, also heavily destroyed chamber.

On the current map of the necropolis Daudieck the site is designated as station 4.

Visited May 2019

Horneburg 3 (Long Barrow)

Horneburg 3 is located about 125 m south of Horneburg 2 in the western corner of a wooded area. The site is oriented almost in east-west direction. It is a very heavily destroyed long barrow. Visible is still a 48 meters long and 6 meters wide hill. In the middle lies the rest of a chamber. Visible are still three supporting stones. From the enclosure only two stones are preserved.

Along with Horneburg 3 this tomb is station 6 on the current map of the necropolis Daudieck walk.

Visited May 2019

Horneburg 4 (Passage Grave)

Immediately to the east of Horneburg 3 lies the passage grave Horneburg 4. The enclosure of the approximately 39 m long barrow is almost not preserved, except for three stones south of the chamber and west of the entrance. However, the chamber is completely preserved except for the capstones. Only the western capstone is still on the support stones, the other two are missing. The still available entrance to the chamber is located on the south side and still has a capstone.

Along with Horneburg 3 this tomb is station 6 on the current map of the necropolis Daudieck walk.

Visited May 2019
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During my first trip to Ireland back in 2006, I was bitten by the 'megalithic' bug and since then I seek for every opportunity to visit as much sites as possible, with a bias for stone circles.

As I live in the southwest of Germany (not an area famous for megaliths), I rely on my holidays to be able to visit these sites.

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