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* '''Visit Bergen-Belsen''', the memorial site to the victims of the concentration camp freed by British forces in 1945. Large visitor centre with comprehensive exhibition chronicling the history of the camp, which began as a POW camp. 70,000 people are buried here, including Anne Frank who wrote a poignant diary of her life during the Nazi era. Open: Apr-Sep, daily, 10am - 6pm; Oct-Mar, 10am - 5pm. Closed 1 Jan, 24-26 and 31 Dec. Admission free. 05051 475 90. [http://www.bergenbelsen.de/en/ www.bergenbelsen.de].
 
* '''Visit Bergen-Belsen''', the memorial site to the victims of the concentration camp freed by British forces in 1945. Large visitor centre with comprehensive exhibition chronicling the history of the camp, which began as a POW camp. 70,000 people are buried here, including Anne Frank who wrote a poignant diary of her life during the Nazi era. Open: Apr-Sep, daily, 10am - 6pm; Oct-Mar, 10am - 5pm. Closed 1 Jan, 24-26 and 31 Dec. Admission free. 05051 475 90. [http://www.bergenbelsen.de/en/ www.bergenbelsen.de].
  
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concentration camps, marked graves and monuments hold reminders of the suffering and deaths of its prisoners. A documentation centre illustrates the history of the camp and its victims. The memorial site to the victims of the concentration camp freed British forces in 1945. Large visitor centre with comprehensive exhibition chronicling the history of the camp, which began as a POW camp. 70,000 people are buried here, including Anne Frank who wrote a poignant diary of her life during the Nazi era.</see>
 
===Itineraries===
 
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Revision as of 17:52, 10 May 2011

The Lüneburg Heath near Wilsede

The Lüneburg Heath 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 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.

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.

Regions

The region has three major nature parks:

  • The Elbe Heights-Wendland Nature Park (Naturpark Elbhöhen-Wendland) to the east along the River Elbe
  • The Lüneburg Heath Nature Park (Naturpark Lüneburger Heide) in the centre
  • The South Heath Nature Park (Naturpark Südheide) in the south

Cities

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.

Towns

Villages

Other destinations

Understand

Talk

Get in

Three motorways (Autobahnen) run across the Lüneburg Heath, the A 7, A 27 and A 250, as well as various federal roads, including the B 3, B 71 and B 440.

The Lüneburg Heath is also served by the following railway lines:

Get around

See

  • Visit Bergen-Belsen, the memorial site to the victims of the concentration camp freed by British forces in 1945. Large visitor centre with comprehensive exhibition chronicling the history of the camp, which began as a POW camp. 70,000 people are buried here, including Anne Frank who wrote a poignant diary of her life during the Nazi era. Open: Apr-Sep, daily, 10am - 6pm; Oct-Mar, 10am - 5pm. Closed 1 Jan, 24-26 and 31 Dec. Admission free. 05051 475 90. www.bergenbelsen.de.


  • Bergen-Belsen Memorial (Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen), Anne-Frank-Platz, 29303 Lohheide (By carWe would recommend you to come by car as it is difficult to get there by public transport. The way to the memorial is indicated on the motorways from all directions. Approximately 40 km from the motorway exit Mellendorf and 25 km from the exit Soltau Süd.), +49 (0)5051 4759200, [1]. en: Apr-Sep, daily, 10am - 6pm; Oct-Mar, 10am - 5pm. Closed 1 Jan, 24-26 and 31 Dec.. the memorial site to the victims of the concentration camp freed by Located on the grounds of the former P.O.W. (Prisoner of War) and concentration camps, marked graves and monuments hold reminders of the suffering and deaths of its prisoners. A documentation centre illustrates the history of the camp and its victims. The memorial site to the victims of the concentration camp freed British forces in 1945. Large visitor centre with comprehensive exhibition chronicling the history of the camp, which began as a POW camp. 70,000 people are buried here, including Anne Frank who wrote a poignant diary of her life during the Nazi era. Admission free.

Itineraries

Do

  • Explore the Heath. There are plenty of easy walking trails in the area with good car parking facilities. A good starting points for walks are the car parks at Overhaverbeek and Niederhaverbeek northwest of Bispingen. From there you can walk or catch a horse and coach ride to the Heath's highest hill, the Wilseder Berg - all 169 metres of it! From here there is a great panorama of the surrounding area and, on clear days, you can see as far as Hamburg. Beware, it is often teeming with tourists on summer weekends! But there are many other quieter walks all over the area.
  • Heide Park, (By car: exit the A7 at Soltau-Ost and follow the signs. By rail: catch the train to Wolterdingen / Soltau and walk: it's only 2 km! Or take the train to Soltau from Hamburg, Hanover or Bremen, then catch the bus to the Park from Wolterdingen and Soltau railway stations), +49 (0)1805 / 919101, [2]. mid Mar-Oct 9am-6pm (Jul-Aug open to 8pm). The Heide Park is the biggest amusement park in North Germany. Expensive, but a great day out for families. €37 or €33.30 (online), 4-11 yrs €30 or €27 (online); under 4s go free.
  • Enjoy nature at the Otter Centre in Hankensbüttel. As well as otters, which are being reintroduced to local rivers, there are polecats, minks, otter hounds, badgers and much more besides. Very educational and child-friendly with a good self-service restaurant on site. Open: 1 Feb - last Sun in Mar, 9.30am - 5pm, last Sun in Mar - last Sun in Oct, 9.30am - 6pm, last Sun in Oct - 30 Nov, 9.30am - 5pm; Adults €8.50, children 4-17yrs €5, family tickets and student etc. reductions available. cms.otterzentrum.de

Eat

  • Hotel Landhaus Eickhof, Niederhaverbeck, on the Heath itself. Old farmhouse 100 yards from the main car park at Niederhaverbeck, tucked away in the woods. Does a good hearty farmer's breakfast which you can work off by walking to the Wilseder Berg! www.landhaus-eickhof.de.

Drink

Stay safe

Being a largely rural area, the Heath is relatively safe provided normal sensible precautions are taken. Bicycle theft can be a problem in some areas.

Get out

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