Wilseder Berg ("Mount Wilsede") is a little exaggeration as this mountain has an elevation of only 169 meters above sea level. Still, as this is the highest point in the very flat landscape of the Lüneburger Heather, you have excellent panoramic views of the national park from here.more
This park is a ornothological zoo with all kinds of flying and non-flying birds from all over the world - the biggest of its kind in Germany. The park contains species like eagles, raptors, vultures, ostriches, cassuaries, ducks, geese, parrots, peackocks, penguins and pelicans as well as smaller birds.more
The "Heidschnucke" is the domesticated sheep species typical for the region Lüneburger Heide. In historic times, they were popular with the local farmers as they thrive even on the poor diet the heather areas provide. At the same time, they distinctively shaped the local landscape as the grazing flocks of Heidschnucke sheep ensured that the heather...more
The "Totengrund", which could possibly translated as "death`s domain", is a wide crater around which one can hike and enjoy the views of the heather landscape within. It is a stark contrast to the otherwise rather even terrain of the Lüneburger Heide. Often, you can see herds of "Heidschnucken" sheep grazing within the Totengrund.more
The tiny hamlet of Wilsede, which cannot be reached by car as it is located in the national park "Lüneburger Heide" has a few old farm houses and the "Heide-Museum", a restored historic farm that shows how people managed to scratch a living from the poor soil in this area "in the olden days". The restaurant "Gasthof Heidemuseum" is a very...more
The ideal time to visit the Lüneburger Heide is end of August, when the heath blooms. Wast areas are then covered with red and lilac blooing flowers. a great sight! I am very sorry, that I do not have a pic of the. But I have seen it once and it is fantastic! Other very typical plants of the Lüneburg Heath are pine trees and birch trees.more
The Lueneburg Heath with its central towns of Lueneburg and Soltau can easily be reached by train. But it is certainly easier to take the car and explore the many small roads and villages in the forrests.
Schneverdingen is one of the touristic hubs of the Lüneburger Heide area: though only a small town, it has plenty of shops, banks, restaurants, hotels and super markets. To stock up on your provisions or to find some touristic infrastructure, Schneverdingen would be the best bet. As a place to stay, I would prefer the guest houses or pensions outside Schneverdingen, in the smaller villages, because they are more detached from city life and closer to nature.
I always recommend to get up very early and have a walk! This gives you many new and unexpected views. Specially the beautiful nature of the Heath will be even more beautiful in the dust and fresh air of the very early morning on a sunny summerday.
I found a maybe more precise description of the history and geology of the Luneburg Heath:"The Lüneburg Heath is an area in Northern Germany which was formed and marked by the ice age. The rivers Elbe and Aller form the boundaries of this part of the so-called „Geest“. The Lüneburg Heath is a lowland the height of which ranges from less than 50 up...more
The last glaciers of ice age (around 12.000 years ago) left lots of sand and swamps in Northern Germany. In the last few years it was discovered, that already people of the late stone age build small roads through the moors. To trade between the North See, the Baltic See and central Europe, the traders had to cross the Lueneburg Heath. Salt was one...more
The Lüneburg Heath is the result of extensive deforrestation in medieval times, when the forrests were cleared for firewood for salt production in Lüneburg. After clearing the forrests shephards brought their heards here. The sheep ate the gras and new growing trees, so that there developed an open area covered with heath, gras and junipers and...more