Nature is not interested in borders. The Green Belt is an impressive demonstration. In addition, the Wendland region is also home to an ark, of sorts, for domestic breeds of animals in need of preservation. Conservation enjoys top priority here, whether in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Elbhöhen-Wendland Nature Park, the Nemitz Heath, or in the many forests, meadows, and marshland. Each landscape is distinctive -- unique in its own way. Just like Wendland!
Conservation is a big deal in the Wendland region! For this reason, we protect the captivating meadows along the Elbe river, the mystic marshlands, and the abundant forests in the “Elbe River Valley” Biosphere Reserve of Lower Saxony. Not only white-tailed eagles, white storks, wild geese, and beaver feel at home here -- you will, too, because our motto is to live in and with Nature! And UNESCO agrees: the Elbe river valley in Lower Saxony is part of the UNESCO “Elbe River Landscape” Biosphere Reserve, which extends through several German states.
The Elbhöhen-Wendland Nature Park is extraordinary in its own right. Scenic natural landscapes are attractive for active sports or relaxation. Stay awhile and have a look around because there’s lots to discover here: cultural landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, the historical architecture of the circular Rundling villages ... simply enchanting.
The Göhrde is a unique natural area. The largest contiguous mixed forest area in northern Germany, the Göhrde includes many designated and protected natural monuments. The nature trail illustrates the specific features of the landscape and history, giving you a very unique perspective.
The Wendland region features many special attractions, including a heath landscape: the Nemitz Heath in the Elbhöhen-Wendland Nature Park. Here you can take very long walks. And very enjoyable covered wagon rides. And with a bit of luck you will even meet a herd of moorland sheep and their shepherd.
Here in the Wendland region, in the middle of the “Elbe River Valley” section of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Lower Saxony, you can even climb a moraine island, also known as a “geest” island. The Höhbeck rises to 76 m above sea level. It’s like Eldorado for nature fans to discover, experience and enjoy.
Nature, culture, and history -- even across borders -- that’s a lot to take in at once. But that’s what makes it wonderful. The Green Belt in the Elbe-Altmark-Wendland region connects four German states. That means that animals and plants have lots of room to live and grow. See it all along the border cycling trail that crosses four states: from the riverside woodlands and wetland meadows to heathland and dry grasslands.