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From the Lüneburg Heath to wild high moors and wide expanses of water - Lower Saxony has many beautiful photo hotspots. You're sure to get lots of likes with these.

Old country

Bogs at Lake Dümmer



Lake Steinhude




Mudflats off Cuxhaven

Wilseder mountain


Apple harvest in the Old Country - fresh fruit directly from the farmer

From August, apples can be harvested in the Alte Land © Thorsten Schier

The apple harvest begins in the Alte Land at the end of August. Then the trees in Europe's largest contiguous fruit-growing area start to bear their bright red fruit. Until mid-November, you have the opportunity to pick varieties such as Elstar or Holsteiner Cox at one of the fruit farms southwest of the Elbe, enjoy freshly squeezed juice or take your apple diploma. By the way, the Alte Land is particularly charming to explore by bike at this time of year. 

You can find more information about the Alte Land here: Apple, apple, cherry, apple

This is how you get to the Alte Land by train: Plan arrival.


The moors at Lake Dümmer - a protected area rich in species

Barren beauty - the moorlands at Lake Dümmer © Wolfgang Stemme

Dead tree stumps rise from dark pools, the silence is broken only by bird calls, and you have to stay on the boardwalks: Around Lower Saxony's second largest inland body of water, the Lake DümmerYou will come across a fascinating landscape of 15 high and low moors. Many endangered breeding bird species have settled in the wet meadows and fens, which you can observe from one of the numerous observation towers. A visit to the moor-specific information centers or a ride on the moor train is also worthwhile.

This is how you get to Lake Dümmer by train and bus: Plan arrival.


The Oder pond - spruce forests and boardwalks

Once the largest dam in Germany - the Oderteich near St. Andreasberg © rocco-ronneburg

Rough, natural and extremely worth seeing - the Oderteich Dam, built between 1715 and 1722 by miners from the Harz Mountains, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2010. The best way to explore the rustic landscape around it is to take a hike along the lake shore. The approximately four-kilometer-long circular trail leads through a forest that has been uncultivated for centuries, over a plank walkway through high-moor-like areas and sparse deciduous forest. Near the dam you can swim, on the way some nice resting places invite you to stay.

This is how you get to the Oderteich Dam by train and bus: Plan arrival.


The Pietzmoor - fascinating high moor landscape

In the right place at the right time - sunset in Pietzmoor © Alexander Kassner

Of course, the dark waters of the Pietz Moor only appear in such a delicate purple in the early morning or late evening hours. Worth seeing is the largest contiguous moor in the Lüneburg Heath but at almost any time of day and year. On warm days, with a little luck, you can catch a glimpse of rare forest lizards or even an adder. In spring, the cotton grass blossoms provide unique images, and in autumn, mysterious clouds of mist envelop the landscape. 

This is how you get to Pietzmoor by train: Plan arrival.


The Steinhuder Meer - the largest lake in northwest Germany

The first impression is deceptive - the Steinhuder Meer is quite flat © SMT - Hans F.Meier

Water up to the horizon line, small sailboats bobbing on the jetty, and a light breeze sweeping over the waves. At first glance, the Steinhuder Meer seems like a real inland sea. However, the largest lake in northwest Germany is just 1.35 meters deep on average, so you can stand in the water almost anywhere. The best conditions for relaxed swimming fun, including air mattress, paddle boat and diving goggles.

This is how you get to Steinhuder Meer by train and bus: Plan arrival.


Thalasso platform at the dune sender - relax in the wicker chair

Pure relaxation in a wicker chair - Thalasso platform at the dune transmitter on Norderney © TMN-Janis Meyer

Sports in the soft sand, walks in the evening sun and swimming in the sea in all seasons -. Norderney sees itself as the Thalasso Island in the North Sea. Among other things, three unique Thalasso platforms have been built on the island. The viewpoints "Nordstrand" at the Waldweg beach crossing, "Zuckerpad" at the Dünenweg and the platform at the "Dünensender" combine breathtaking views over the island landscape with soothing moments of relaxation in individual seating areas. Tip: Don't forget your binoculars!

This is how you get to Norderney by train and ship: Plan arrival.


The Torfhausmoor - one of the last large raised bogs

Ancient Harz moorland - the Torfhaus moor © Marina Mazur

30 hectares in size, around 10,000 years old and with a layer of peat more than five meters thick - the bog located between Torfhaus and the Brocken is one of the largest rain bogs in the Harz National Parks. Highlights of a hike across the vast treeless high moorland include the magnificent view of the Brocken, carnivorous plants and various rare frog and insect species. The best starting point for a hiking tour is the national park visitor center TorfHaus, part of the way leads over boardwalks. 

This is how you get to Torfhaus by train and bus: Plan arrival.


The Weserbergland Nature Park - unique nature

Magical forest in autumn garb - the Weserbergland Nature Park © TMN-Johannes Becker

The beech forests in the Süntel, a low mountain range in the Weserbergland Nature Park, are wild and enchanted. Wooded hills, rugged cliffs, the course of the Weser River, but also idyllic half-timbered villages and numerous castles and palaces in the style of the Weser Renaissance characterize the landscape of the nature park located in southern Lower Saxony. Numerous cycling and hiking trails lead through the varied nature. If you like it even more active, the Ith in the southeast and the Hohenstein are two excellent climbing areas waiting for you.

This is how you get to the Weserbergland Nature Park by train: Plan arrival.


The mudflats in Cuxhaven - hiking on the seabed

From here to Neuwerk - mudflat hike from Cuxhaven © Dieter Schinner

Twice a day is the time. Then the sea pulls away Cuxhaven and reveals a fascinating world all of its own. Countless crabs, mussels and lugworms live in the accessible seabed. The best way to discover them is on a guided hike. The experienced mudflat guides have a good eye for the special features of the environment and also always keep an eye on the clock - because after a few hours, the sea finally comes back.

How to get to Cuxhaven by train: Plan arrival.


The Wilseder Berg - the highest in the heath

View into the sunset - from the Wilseder Berg in the Lüneburger Heide © Lüneburger Heide GmbH

The highest elevation of the Lüneburg Heath is actually not that high. The Wilseder Berg near the village of Wilsede of the same name rises just 169 meters into the air. Nevertheless, the climb is worthwhile, as the view over the surrounding heathland reaches as far as Hamburg on a clear day. Especially at sunset or during the heath blossom in August you can enjoy an unforgettable panorama. The Wilseder Berg is not accessible by car. You can either hike here, use the bike or take the Heidekutsche to Wilsede.

This is how you get to Wilseder Berg by train: Plan arrival.

Cover picture: View into the sunset - from the Wilseder Berg in the Lüneburger Heide © Lüneburger Heide GmbH