Luhe (Ilmenau)

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This article is about the river Luhe in Lower Saxony. For the river in Bavaria, see Luhe (Naab). For the river Lühe, see Lühe (river).
Oldendorf (Luhe) Wohlenbüttel - Luhe 02 ies.jpg
The River Luhe near Wohlenbüttel
Location Lower Saxony, Germany
Reference no. DE: 5948
Length 58.2 km
Source Bispingen
53°04′01″N 9°58′49″E / 53.066806°N 9.980139°E / 53.066806; 9.980139Coordinates: 53°04′01″N 9°58′49″E / 53.066806°N 9.980139°E / 53.066806; 9.980139
Source height 80 m
Mouth Ilmenau near Stöckte
53°23′04″N 10°12′20″E / 53.384306°N 10.2054861°E / 53.384306; 10.2054861
Mouth height 7 m
Descent 73 m
Basin Elbe
Progression Ilmenau → Elbe → North Sea
Catchment 476 km²
Right tributaries Lopau
Left tributaries Brunau, Schwinde, Garlstorfer Aue
Large towns Winsen (Luhe)
Villages Bispingen, Soderstorf, Oldendorf (Luhe), Salzhausen

The Luhe is a river that runs through the Lüneburg Heath in northern Germany and discharges into the River Ilmenau. It is part of the Elbe river system.

The entire catchment area of the Luhe has been heavily populated since the New Stone Age as evinced by sites like the monuments at Soderstorf and the Oldendorfer Totenstatt grave sites. On the heights of the present-day town of Winsen (Luhe) a bridge over the Luhe was controlled by Winsen Castle from the 13th century.