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On the jetty at Steinhude Lake, copyright Jochen Keute
Lower Saxony is a region full of contrasting scenery, from the coastal mudflats to the Harz mountains. Its incredible countryside provides the setting for an unforgettable experience for keen walkers, cyclists, water sports enthusiasts and riders, in particular.

The Lower Saxony Wattenmeer is one of the largest areas of wetland in the world. The Lower Saxony National Park, which by itself covers an area of 278,000 hectares, offers protection to the Wattenmeer, the coastal area of mudflats between the Ems and Elbe rivers, as well as to the offshore East Frisian islands. This fascinating landscape also consists of salt marshes and dunes.

Germany's most northerly highland region, the Harz mountains also cover parts of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia as well as Lower Saxony. The Harz mountain scenery is a remarkable mix of deeply indented valleys, hills covered with large expanses of deciduous and coniferous forests, sheer cliffs, gently sloping hills, colourful mountain meadows and crystal-clear lakes. Sections of the Harz mountains are also protected by a national park.

The landscape of the Steinhude Lake Nature Reserve is dominated by wide expanses of moorland, lake shores, forests and greenery. The nature reserve is named after the largest lake in northwest Germany, which measures approximately 30 square kilometres. With its scenic diversity and fantastic range of water sports, Steinhude Lake Nature Reserve has become an extremely popular leisure destination.

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Highlights in brief

  • Hannover
    State capital, trade fairs, Herrenhausen Gardens, tropical rainforest house Lüneburg
    Salt trading town, salt museum
  • Hamlyn
    Weser Renaissance architecture, Pied Piper hall
  • Goslar
    UNESCO world heritage site, imperial palace, Rammelsberg ore mines
  • Osnabrück
    Town where peace was made after the Thirty Years' War, botanical gardens, palace, town scales, museum, Terra.vita nature reserve
  • Papenburg
    Seaport, Meyer shipyard, fen colony, museum
  • Wolfsburg
    VW's Autostadt exhibition complex, palace
  • Walsrode
    Largest bird park in Europe
  • Neustadt
    Steinhude Lake with Wilhelmstein island, Mariensee abbey, castle
  • Soltau
    Heidepark amusement park