Stixer Shifting Sand Dunes
A very special, natural phenomenon is the Stixer shifting sand dunes in the southern part of Amt Neuhaus. When the ice age came to an end about 10,000 years ago, a constant westerly wind was blowing, driving fine sands over long distances. Hills up to 30 metres high developed that continued to migrate as dunes over time. Only in the middle of the 19th century was it possible to stop the migrating dunes by afforestation. The Stixer shifting sand dunes are still in motion today. For example, tall pine trees are buried by the sand up to the tree tops, which in the course of time the wind blows free again. This extensive area is under conservation. On the many hiking trails there are information panels giving details about this natural spectacle. Because the weather conditions are so special, very special animal and plant species have settled here.
Further Information: www.neuhaus-elbe.de/tourismus-freizeit/sehenswertes/die-stixer-wanderdune