Discover the history of the earth along a 2.5 km trail. The outdoor exhibition is highlighted by about 150 life-size models of dinosaurs, including the terrible Allosaurus and the 45 m long Seismosaurus, the largest dinosaur Model on earth. The models illustrate the evolutoin of this fascinating group of extinct animals. The trackside is located halfwayalong the trail.
In the year 1980 dinosaur tracks were found in the "Wesling" firm´s quarry east of Münchehagen near Rehburg. The tracks were discovered during a fire-brigade practice which laid open the bottom of the quarry. On this occasion deep prints were cleaned from mud, which were known but ignored until that day. After the cleaning it was stated that surprisingly nearly 250 prints existed. Also it became clear that the prints formed several tracks which seemed to be from dinosaurs, living here in former times.
The Puppenmuseum is every little girl's and many big girl's dream. Located in an old Fachwerk (half-timbered) house in the picturesque town of Jesteburg one can tour though 170 years of doll history. Also to be seen are antique rocking horses and doll houses.
Open Wednesday-Sunday 2-6pm
This is the area that we used to skiing to, but I also remember long hikes during summer time and fascinating caves to discover. Plus there are wonderful towns and castles there - just wonderful!
Just to visit the Harz mountains would make a wonderful vacation!
Lüneburg is an old Hanseatic Town, which got rich because of its salt deposits. It has beautiful old houses and a lovely atmosphere.
When I visited, I was so surprised at the beauty of this medieval city - don't miss it! From what I heard, the Christmas market there must be VERY nice!
Lüneburg is also the ideal starting point for excursions into the Lüneburg Heath, which is especially beautiful in late summer, when the heather is in bloom.
Moin, Moin ..is the way people greet each other in East Frisia.
East Frisia is a very flat country and is a little bit similar to the neighboring Netherlands. So you can find windmills here, dikes, the North Sea and some wild East Friesian islands - this part of the country really is a wonderful spot for outdoor people!
Salzgitter is situated in the south-eastern part of Lower Saxony halfway between Dortmund and Berlin. It has around 110.000 inhabitants and became popular as one of the first industrial centre in Lower Saxony.
Braunschweig, also called Brunswick, is situated in Lower Saxony. It is a commercial and industrial center and attracts with its narrow streets and gabled, half-timbered houses. The main attraction is the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Blasius. The city became popular due to Henry the Lion, who lived here. Today it is the second largest city in Lower Saxony with a population of about 235,000.
Hannover, situated on the Leine River, was chartered in 1241 and had not played a big role until 1386 when the city joined the Hanseatic League. In 17th century the town became residence of the British royal family. Hannover was badly damaged in World War II and many modern structures were erected next to several old reconstructed buildings.
Today, Hannover has 520,000 inhabitants, is capital of Lower Saxony and an important economic centre - is annual industrial trade fair is world's largest trade fair.
Hildesheim with its 105,000 inhabitants is situated just 30 kilometers south of Hannover at the base of the Harz Mountains. Its history starts with the foundation of a chapel consecrated to the Virgin Mary on the cathedral hill in 815. Hildesheim got the city charter in 13th century and became a free city of the Holy Roman Empire. Hildesheim has been an important centre of commerce since 14th century after joining the Hanseatic league in 1367. In 1945 Hildesheim was badly damaged in World War Two. During the reconstruction of the city during the following years, a great deal of attention was given to restoring what was left of the old part of the city.
Einbeck is the place of my childhood - I grew up here in this beautiful small medieval town, went to school here, graduated and came back regularly to visit my parents. It is for these good memories, but also for the truly wonderful architecture, that I put it as the number one must see activity for Lower Saxony.
For more information, please have a look at my Einbeck page.
The city of Celle with about 75.000 inhabitants is located about 35 km (22 mi) north-east from Hannover, Lower Saxony. Celle was founded in 1292.
Walking through the old town make you feel like in the 18th century. Everywhere around are hal-timbered houses as well as buildings in Weserrenaissance, Renaisance and Baroque style.
Rinteln is situated in the Weserbergland region, half way between Hannover and Bielefeld. The town attracts visitors with beautifully restored half-timbered and Weserrenaissance buildings. Rinteln was founded around 1150 and received the city right in 1239. In the same year the city fortification was built. In 1806 Napoleon razed the walls and two years later the Westphalian King Jerôme transfered the university to Marburg.
The city of Hameln (or even Hamelin) is situated about 40 km south west of Hannover and became famous due to the Pied Piper legend. Hamelin was founded on the river Weser around 750 as a missionary outpost. It received city rights around 1200 and was a member of the Hanseatic League from 1426 to 1572. Today the town has about 60,000 inhabitants.
The fourth city in Lower Saxony is Oldenburg (ca. 150 000 inhabitants), a city which has also had a brilliant history as capital of an extinct Grand Duchy. It is also the most important fluvial port in the State.
The relatively large old town is mostly car-free and surrounded by the former moat and crossed by a network of canals and the river Hunte (picture 1). Among the monuments in Oldenburg, the former Residencial palace, today a museum, stands out with honour (picture two).
The former capital of a Duchy and an independent state is nowadays, with 260.000 inhabitants, the second city in the State of Lower Saxony. The historical area, comprised within the ancient city moat, contains a rich architectural heritage.
This picture shows an aspect of the Castle Square, with the tower of the new Town Hall, one of the most recognisable landmarks of Brunswick.
The second picture shows a coulurful building designed by New Yorker pop artist James Rizzi.
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