Lüneburg Heath

Much more than a pretty picture – around the Wilseder Berg, the heath landscape extends across hills and valleys far into the horizon. Hikers can explore the beauty of Germany’s oldest nature reserve on excellent walking routes, passing moors, forests, heath streams, farms and villages with small thatched cottages. Heidschnucken, a breed of moorland sheep, cross the largest continuous heathland in central Europe with their shepherd. They have made a name for themselves as protectors of the countryside. Just as famous are the region’s many cultural and natural monuments.

>> www.lueneburger-heide.de (in German)

Magical heathland in bloom

The high season is the late summer – from August to September, a vibrant sea of colour covers the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve. The bold purple of the heather then combines with the lush evergreen shades of the juniper bushes. Travelling by horse and cart is an especially romantic way to enjoy the glowing purple landscape.