Elbhöhen Nature Park
Elbhöhen - Wendland Nature Park
Ancient forests, meadows and pastures, heathland and streams, the Elbe Heights, Göhrde State Forest, and the hilly landscape of the Drawehn – such diversity in Elbhöhen-Wendland Nature Park in the easternmost tip of Lower Saxony. It begins in the district of Lüneburg and then extends further over the sparsely populated district of Lüchow-Dannenberg. Wet and dry habitats are in close proximity here. The Nature Park is therefore home to many animal and plant species, some of them rare. About half of its 1,160 square kilometre area is designated as landscape or nature protection areas.
Vast Country and Round Villages
Varied land management, tranquil villages with hay hotels, farm shops and orchards, timber-framed towns – Elbhöhen-Wendland nature park conveys authentic country life, nature, and sustainability. The peace-seeking guest is not disturbed by industrial development, urban bustle, or highways. The best way to explore the landscape is on interesting hiking and cycling tours. Add to that a colourful mix of history, culture, art and music. A characteristic of the region are the many well-preserved Rundling villages in Wendland. They are of Slavic origin and traditionally have only one access to the village square, around which the gable ends of the typical Lower Saxony houses radiate. The land belonging to the farms surrounds the Rundling and results in a parcelled cultural landscape.