In the Wendland region, nature isn’t just something to look it - it’s there to experience! With all your senses: see it, smell it, hear it, taste it, feel it. If you think you’ve already seen everything nature has to offer - then you haven’t experienced nature in Wendland.Elbe. Sometimes wild and wide open, sometimes arranged in order by humans, sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, sometimes colorful, sometimes black and white - but it’s always Nature. Creative. Naturally!
The so-called 'Waldbaden' (Shinrin-yoku) is a Japanese nature-orientated method for relaxation and stress reduction. It is a guided immersion in nature, in which you consciously breathe in the healing air and experience nature. Heike Bartels offers this mindful being in the forest in the Wendland. You can expect a balanced mix of silence and conversation, leisure and impulses to approach the body in a holistic way.
The element water fascinates both young and old. In the water adventure park you are on the track of water and can learn a lot of exciting facts - without missing out on fun and experience. The pirate ship is just one of the many highlights waiting to be explored by you.
A visit to Michaelshof Sammatz has a lot in store for you. In the gardens many botanical specialities are waiting to be explored by you. Varios events such as open-air concerts, adventure days and seminars related to nature attract young and old throughout the year. And that's not all: as an Ark Farm, Michaelshof Sammatz is home to cattle, goats, donkeys and many other old breeds of animals. These are kept here in a species-appropriate way and are looking forward to your visit. Your culinary well-being is of course also taken care of at Michaelshof Sammatz. In the farmer's shop you can buy fresh bread, dairy products, vegetables and meat specialities from the region and the café offers you a large selection of delicious food and drinks.
Get back to nature and learn to enjoy life, learn to relax. Experience the beauty of the forest and start to understand how those who live here can be so content. There are natural monuments and special attractions related to both landscapes and history. In the forest museum you can learn about the Göhrde with videos as well, and then you can experience it all outside, naturally.
A window into the past -- Looking back through history as Höhbeck changes over time! Learn about the interesting and exciting cultural history and the ecological significance of Höhbeck. And the best part is that you’re part of it all!
How about a carriage ride? Carriage rides offer the perfect method for discovering the Wendland.Elbe region in a completely new way. No matter if it’s through the Nemitz Heath or over the Höhbeck. A special nature experience comes with a carriage ride. The good thing is that you can sit back and simply enjoy the ride while listening to the fascinating information provided by our carriage driver.
The boulder park Clenzer Schweiz with a forest nature trail and nature adventure area for children is a highlight for everyone. Embedded in idyllic nature, you can not only admire the big boulders from close up on the 270m long circular path all year round, but also learn a lot about their origin and their current use as well as about over 4.5 billion years of earth and cultural history.
You will find yourself on the tracks of the beavers on the approximately 2.6 km long beaver nature trail around the Gartow Castle. Their tracks are visible everywhere and with a bit of luck you might even get to see some beavers. Apart from that, the trail provides exciting information about the beaver and its habits and many other animals can be observed. Come along, the beaver trail is a beautiful excursion for young and old!
Would you like to meet Bruno, Lady, Cindy, and Jessy? The gelding and the mares love visitors. Get to know the donkeys and fall in love with them. The world’s greatest happiness is not to be found only on horseback: With their stubborn, but affectionate personalities, donkeys are also delightful. Try it out!
Sixteen sculptures by international artists are waiting to be discovered during an excursion into the unique meadow landscape of the Seegeniederungen!
On my nature tours and workshops you will encounter small plants and large trees that heal, are edible, delight you and enchant you with their invisible power. In different biotopes of the wondrous Wendland you can discover the variety and helpfulness of medicinal plants everywhere in their beauty - and of course you learn the ancient art of herbal medicine. (Guided tours are offered in: German)
The sky over Wendland is darker than anywhere else in Germany and a true paradise to watch the stars! On the Stargazing Walks of the Naturum Göhrde, the Naturum employee Michail Schütte guides you regularly through the Göhrde Valley and explains the seasonal constellations and the course of the planets. A very special experience for children and adults as well! (Guided tours are offered in: German & English)
When it gets dark, the world lights up. The night, the extraordinary canopy of stars, and the lightning bugs will enchant you. Listen to fairy tales from days gone by, meet the creatures of the night, discover the exotic atmosphere that comes over the world when the day comes to an end.
Baroque isn’t just about powdered wigs and ornate furniture -- far from it! The Baroque Garden in Künsche demonstrates the finest in garden symmetry. Stroll through the perennial garden, listen to the pleasant splashes from the fountain garden, or let your appetite be your guide in the vegetable garden -- every garden lover will find a favorite place here!
Visit Werner Meinecke, a shepherd, and 300 moorland sheep. Shadow the shepherd and get to know his sheep and his herding dogs in the Nemitz Heath! If You wish to accompany the shepherd during his exciting work, then book in time for a guided tour at the Tourist-Information Gartow! Tourist-Information Gartow Telephone +49 5846 / 333
A garden full of art! In the Damnatz Sculpture Garden, 30 different, impressive sculptures by various artists are waiting to be discovered. (Guided tours are offered in: German)
To find the wonders Nature has to offer, visit the Biosphärium Elbtalaue Information Center. There’s something for everyone here, no matter if you’re old or young, in a group or all alone: tours through fields and meadows, cozy evenings on the banks of the Elbe river, the marvels in the Elbe aquarium, and an interactive exhibit in the information center for the Elbe Riverscape Biosphere Reserve of Lower Saxony. It’s never boring!
The Höhbeck Center for Landscape Conservation and Biodiversity develops, tests, establishes economically sustainable landscape concepts and works closely with NABU Hamburg. And the center offers much more. Get off your riding lawn mower and try out a scythe!
How about a tour on which you learn about the interesting healing powers of nature and self-subsistence? Not sure what that is? Andrea Funcke will show you! (Guided tours are offered in: German, English on request)
Enjoy your vacation, become familiar with the work on the farm, and experience the unique nature of Wendland all at the same time. Our riding stables and holiday farms are family-operated businesses and they welcome guests! You can become part of the Wendland community and actively experience our culture. The owners and caretakers know their animals well and will find the right four-legged partner for older and younger guests alike. Great adventures are waiting for you in Wendland!
Don’t feel like hiking or bicycling through the Wendland region? Then take a multiple day trail riding trip on horseback to discover the most beautiful parts of Wendland. Let the Wendland experts guide you. You can bring your own horse or rent one. It’s all possible in Wendland.
The “Fire, Heath -- New Life” exhibit at the House in the Nemitz Heath clearly illustrates how the landscape, with its characteristic dunes, was formed thousands of years ago during the Ice Age and, remarkably, how the Nemitz Heath was a result of a catastrophic forest fire in 1975.