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The '''Lüneburg Heath''' [http://www.naturpark-lueneburger-heide.com/] is an extensive region of heath and farmland in the state of [[Lower Saxony]] which has become a popular holiday and excursion destination. It lies roughly between the cities of [[Hanover]], [[Hamburg]] and [[Wolfsburg]]. Historically it was where Montgomery received the German surrender at the end of the Second World War.
 
The '''Lüneburg Heath''' [http://www.naturpark-lueneburger-heide.com/] is an extensive region of heath and farmland in the state of [[Lower Saxony]] which has become a popular holiday and excursion destination. It lies roughly between the cities of [[Hanover]], [[Hamburg]] and [[Wolfsburg]]. Historically it was where Montgomery received the German surrender at the end of the Second World War.
  
The area has very rural feel to it. Dense pine forests alternate with green meadows and cultivated fields with purple heath. Its leafy villages are clustered around ancient Low Saxon farmhouses - typical of North Germany - with their vast thatched roofs sweeping down over red brick and timber-framed walls.
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The area has very rural feel to it. Dense pine forests alternate with green meadows and cultivated fields with purple heath. Its leafy villages are clustered around ancient Lower Saxon farmhouses - typical of North Germany - with their vast thatched roofs sweeping down over red brick and timber-framed walls.
  
 
The area has lots of attractions suitable for families such as the Heide Park near Soltau, the Walsrode Bird Park, the Serengeti Park and 3 wildlife parks. More recently a big indoor ski slope has been opened, the SnowDome near Bispingen, as well as the Schumacher go-kart hall.
 
The area has lots of attractions suitable for families such as the Heide Park near Soltau, the Walsrode Bird Park, the Serengeti Park and 3 wildlife parks. More recently a big indoor ski slope has been opened, the SnowDome near Bispingen, as well as the Schumacher go-kart hall.
  
For those interested in exploring the culture and history there is also a wealth of museums - covering every field from agriculture to science, from warfighting to local history.  
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For those interested in exploring the culture and history there is also a wealth of museums - covering every field from agriculture to science, from war to local history.  
  
 
Lying on the great North German Plain, the region is relatively flat and there are excellent cycling routes over a network of cycle paths.
 
Lying on the great North German Plain, the region is relatively flat and there are excellent cycling routes over a network of cycle paths.
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The Heath is a magnet for day-trippers and holidaymakers from the three major cities near the Heath: Hanover, Hamburg and Bremen. There are no cities (defined in Germany as ''Großstädte'' i.e. places with a population over 100,000). The only sizeable towns are [[Celle]] and [[Lüneburg]] with populations of around 70,000.
 
The Heath is a magnet for day-trippers and holidaymakers from the three major cities near the Heath: Hanover, Hamburg and Bremen. There are no cities (defined in Germany as ''Großstädte'' i.e. places with a population over 100,000). The only sizeable towns are [[Celle]] and [[Lüneburg]] with populations of around 70,000.
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[[Image:Karte Lueneburger Heide.png|thumb|250px|Map of the Lüneburg Heath area]]
 
[[Image:Karte Lueneburger Heide.png|thumb|250px|Map of the Lüneburg Heath area]]
=== Towns ===
 
  
 
* [[Bad Bevensen]] — relax in the mineral health spa
 
* [[Bad Bevensen]] — relax in the mineral health spa

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