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Lower Saxony
By boat, by bike and on horseback

Pilsum lighthouse in East Friesland, copyright Tourismus Marketing Niedersachsen GmbH
The federal state of Lower Saxony, with its regional capital Hannover, lies in the charming region between the Ems and Elbe rivers to the west and east, and the North Sea coast and the Harz mountains to the north and south. The seven East Frisian islands line up like pearls on a string just off the North Sea coast, each one a recognised North Sea health resort with its own particular flair as well as a spa and holiday destination.
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Group of children on a pony excursion
Lower Saxony in the north-west of Germany covers a wide variety of landscapes and habitats, from the North Sea coast and offshore islands to Lüneburg Heath and the Harz mountains.
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Town hall with lake in Hannover
The towns and cities of Lower Saxony are as diverse as its scenery. There are romantic harbour towns such as Greetsiel, old-established university towns such as Göttingen, the international trade fair destination of Hannover, and Wolfsburg, home to VW's ground-breaking Autostadt exhibition complex and visitor centre.
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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.
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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