UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is the only area of its kind that is home to three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: the Wadden Sea (a WorldHeritage site), the Elbe and Schalsee. The Wadden Sea World Heritage site is globally unique, including three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea and Halligen, Hamburg Wadden Sea and Lower Saxony Wadden Sea). Guided tours allow walkers to explore parts of the sea floor. A fascinating, largely unspoilt environment can be found in the Elbe Riverside and Schaalsee UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Woodland, moors and lakes form the backdrop to healthy and harmonious ecosystems. These are popular destinations for a day out, especially during the bird migration season. Activities in nature bring visitors into close contact with rich flora and fauna. It is almost impossible to imagine that the inner German border ran through the Schaalsee lakeuntil 1989.

>> www.flusslandschaft-elbe.dewww.nationalpark-wattenmeer.dewww.schaalsee.de  (in German)

Das PAHLHUUS in Zarrentin am Schaalsee

The PAHLHUUS in Zarrentin am Schaalsee is the visitor information centre for the Schaalsee UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Here, in a modern permanent exhibition, visitors can expect an astronaut, a tunnel of life, a digital picture book and many more unusual insights into the Schaalsee lake and its surroundings. Young children will also find plenty to see and experience in the PAHLHUUS.