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If you have never been to Gifhorn or seen its enchanting countryside, the Lüneburg Heath seems like a never-ending carpet of blossom with flocks of heathland sheep. But you'll be surprised at what else there is to see and do. Don't take our word for it though, head to the beautiful South Heath nature reserve, explore over 900 kilometres of track on the Lüneburg Heath Cycle Route, or visit the open-air otter sanctuary, which is also suitable for wheelchair users.
South Heath nature reserve
The South Heath nature reserve, which begins just a few kilometres north of Celle in the Lüneburg Heath, is an ideal place to discover the region's distinctive countryside. The area provides a habitat for many endangered plant and animal species, and is easy to explore on an extensive network of walking tracks, cycle routes and bridle paths. A prominent feature of the landscape is the heathland itself. Dotted among the forests, the heaths are especially attractive in August and September when in full flower. Their lilac-coloured blossoms bask in the sunlight beneath the green of the juniper bushes, filling the air with a bitter-sweet autumnal aroma. Herds of sheep bleat away in the background, while heathland folk offer rides over the sandy paths in their horse-drawn wagons.
Lüneburg Heath Cycle Route
Discover the many facets of the heathland on over 900 kilometres of cycle track. You'll see river scenery, lakes, ponds, moors, romantic mills, blissful villages with huge traditional farms, historical towns and last but not least, the famous heathland sheep. The entire route takes two to three weeks to complete, depending on your fitness. But if that sounds a bit too much, you can always tackle it in stages. Either way, the gently rolling hills of the Lüneburg Heath are a cyclist's paradise.
Otter sanctuary
This fascinating conservation centre opened on the idyllic shores of Lake Isenhagen in 1988. Located in Hankensbüttel on the southern fringes of the Lüneburg Heath, this wildlife sanctuary is more than just a home for otters. You can also see our whiskered friend's closest relatives, including the badger, the stoat and the beech marten. There are over six hectares of enclosures, and feeding displays every fifteen minutes, giving you a close-up look at these shy creatures. And if you have any questions, the friendly staff will be more than happy to help.
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