Experience Routes in the Elbe Region
The German Stork Road
From Hamburg, across Lower Saxony Elbe Floodplain Biosphere Reserve, and through Elbhöhen-Wendland nature park, follow the German Stork Route. Here lies the stork-rich region of Germany. It was opened in 2008 and extended by another 50 kilometres in 2013. Now it leads from stork's nest to stork's nest over 500 kilometres through the Elbe Valley, the Winsen Elbe Marsh, and to Hamburg. For each stork's nest an information panel has been created which informs you in detail about life with young storks. The last ten panels were installed in easily accessible car parks. In the first section (in the Elbe floodplain) along the German Stork Route, you can witness the wonderful breeding success of the stork.
Whenever you follow the German Stork Route logo you will come to where the storks feel comfortable. In the summer months the storks stalk through wet meadows or wet marsh pastures. With their long red beak they quickly grab frogs, insects, and other creatures that they serve to their offspring. The nestlings need more than a kilo every day. Storks hunt mice, like herons do: standing on one leg, lurking. There are superb views of stork every time.
Storkenkate the Stork Foundation in Preten
In the southern lowlands in Amt Neuhaus district, the dykes were partially removed or relocated to create new wide wet meadows. These were extensively used by local farmers. Thus, not only did a new habitat flourish for the white stork, but also for many meadow birds – for example for the highly endangered snipe, the bird of the year 2013.
THE STORK FOUNDATION – storks for our children – started the project "Sudewiesen" in the Elbtalniederung in 1994. So far, it has bought around 700 hectares of pre-dyke areas, which today are Germany's most important habitat for the white stork.
German Timber-framed Road
Experience the fascination of timber-framing over more than 3,000 kilometres.
The German Timber-framed Road, launched in 1990, extends from the Elbe in the north, through Upper Lusatia in eastern Saxony, to Lake Constance in the south, with seven regional routes through the states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Hesse, Thuringia, Bavaria, and Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Under the motto "timber-frames connect", more than 100 timber-framed towns have come together to present themselves. The German Timber-framed Road connects not only unique landscapes, historical scenes, and lovingly restored monuments, but above all the people who live and work in it.
Numerous events, festivals, and markets provide the visitor with variety and inspiration throughout the year. Whether you travel by car, by bike, by train, or by motorhome – travel in the footsteps of the past and discover old craftsmanship and living traditional customs.
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Lower Saxony Mill Road
Founded in 1998 under the sponsorship of "Mühlenförderverein Lüneburg e.V." (MFV Lbg.), it has so far led to 427 mill locations in 29 districts. The stated goal from the outset was to cover the whole of Lower Saxony. Therefore, in mid-2004 the founder association passed sponsorship for the Mill Road to the nationwide "Mühlenvereinigung Niedersachsen-Bremen e.V." (MVNB). The continuation of the successful tourist route is the responsibility of the independent "Arbeitsgruppe Mühlenstraße" whose tasks are defined in a cooperation agreement with the supporting association MVNB and regulated by the founder association MFV Lbg. Lower Saxony Minister of Agriculture is patron of the project.
The mill owners have made the success of the Lower Saxony Mill Road possible with their open and willing attitude. With them, the entire project stands or falls. Participation in the Mill Road for them means to open part of their personal sphere of life to the general public. All mill visitors should remember this, and their behaviour will be appreciated by the mill owners.
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Lower Saxony Asparagus Road
Across the state of Lower Saxony and into the cultivation areas of this noble vegetable, this road leads through different landscapes such as Oldenburg Münsterland and Lüneburg Heath. There is a lot to discover along the 750 km stretch – overnight stays on asparagus farms, meals in historic inns, lots of nature, and picturesque little towns – whether during the asparagus season or afterwards.
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