Learn about the “Iron Curtain” days, lest we forget. Wendland was once border country. For far too long, the inner German border was omnipresent. It separated not only landscapes, cities, and villages, but also many families and friends. Even today you can recognize many remnants of this period such as border fences and towers as well as the former border crossing at Bergen on the Dumme. But unexpectedly, border security also protected nature. In this way, the “death strip” along the former border created a seam uniting valuable landscapes in which threatened animal and plant species found a protected habitat. Today, the “Green Belt” is the longest contiguous biotope in Germany, extending across several states.