Whether as pioneers in bio-energy and in organic farming, world-champion in long-time demonstrating, as Germany's largest motorway-free triangle, or as the region with the highest density of artists in rural Germany; the Wendland region is unique in many ways.
Noise and big city stress? Far away! Monotonous country life? Wrong!
With its large and protected natural landscapes, especially along the former inner-german border, a unique style of building culture and a low density of population, the Wendland offers ideal living conditions for artists, creative heads and "doers"! They are happy to open their doors to you.
In short: The Wendland has character! Convince yourself and get to know this extraordinary region with its open-minded people.
Is it true that if you know one, you know them all? Forget it! The soul of Wendland is made up of independent spirits and unconventional thinkers. Get to know them.
The Greenpeace ship Beluga has been sailing for a long time in various waters - mostly in use against the nuclear industry. Since May 2013 the Beluga has found its last port in the Gorleben Forest between the Salzstock and the interim storage hall for nuclear waste. Here it serves as a memorial and demonstration object to draw attention to the final storage problem and the irresponsible handling of nuclear waste.
Are the economy, ecology and local sourcing mutually exclusive? We don’t think so! See for yourself how well it works -- on a tour through our EcoLocal regions.
Recovery in the Kneipp health resort Hitzacker (Elbe)! "Nature is the best pharmacy! The naturopath Sebastian Kneipp already knew this at that time and supported his philosophy with the five basic principles water, plants, movement, nutrition and balance. The Hitzacker Kur takes up these five pillars and offers you an effective healing process with supporting offers in Hitzacker!
What do the people who live in Wendland or the Griesen region have to say about their region? The Elbe505 platform invites you to share this knowledge online. It doesn't matter whether it's about old houses, ark animals, regional customs, rustic stories grandma has always told, her personal favourite place or special features of the landscape. Insider tips and stories, you can discover both here!
The resistance culture has shaped the Wendland Elbe region for more than forty years and is still omnipresent today. The town of Gorleben alone is known to many in this respect. But where does that come from? And what exactly does the nuclear waste debate have to do with it? And how do the people in Wendland manage to defend themselves again and again successfully ? If you want to learn more about this unique movement, the Gorleben Archive is the right place for you. The countless resistance actions were recorded in personal protocols, diaries and films, on posters, photos and banners. These exhibited memorabilia of the Wendländer and their supporters will give you an understanding of the resistance history in Wendland.
Due to the special location of the former border region, you can discover many places in the Wendland that remind you of the German division, for example the Stresow memorial. The place Stresow was located directly at the inner-German border and was destroyed as part of the "Aktion Ungeziefer". The original replica of the former GDR border fortifications reminds us today of the sad history of the village.
The Vorwerk breed of chicken is unrelated to the Vorwerk vacuum cleaner company, but it is far less familiar. Get to know the many domestic breeds that are protected from extinction here. The objective of the first Ark Region in Germany is to preserve rare breeds of farm animals. And the certified Ark Farms are looking forward to your visit.
Hitzacker Village -- Reinventing living and working. Constructing a new village and creating a new community. Families, refugees, and people of all ages from all over the world are building community here. The focus is on cross-generational and multi-cultural neighborhoods, democracy, responsibility for the common good, trust, and sustainability. An interesting and exciting project with great potential!
The Wendlandleben agency is the first contact point for all those who (again) want to become Wendländer. They advise you individually, free of charge and accompany you on your arrival in Wendland!
100% climate protection in Lüchow-Dannenberg. The district is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95% and energy consumption by 50% by 2050. These reductions are based on a master plan created from ideas collected from residents. People work together here. This is the only way to move climate protection forward in Lüchow-Dannenberg.
Climate protection is a high priority in the Wendland. Breese in der Marsch is a bioenergy model village, which has a special pioneering role. For several years now, here heat has been obtained from 100% renewable energies. Take a look and discover how climate protection looks like in practice! Also, the bioenergy region Wendland-Elbetal was one of 25 regions in Germany that have positioned themselves through future-oriented projects for the production and use of renewable energies.
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.