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Lower Saxony Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Lower Saxony

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Showcasing an impressive range of armored fighting vehicles, the German Tank Museum is situated at the Munster Training Area. Its collection evolved from the Bundeswehr instructional school for training officers, with its tanks, military vehicles, weapons, uniforms and decorations now open to the public.

Witness tanks once belonging to the East German military and Wehrmacht vehi-cles from World War II, as well as tanks used by the British, United States and Soviet Red armies. More recent tanks on display include those of the Israeli Merkava, with many of the vehicles having been lovingly restored to their original conditions by the museum’s team of experts.

Highlights of the German Tank Museum include a replica of an A7V German First World War tank and an armored police vehicle from the Weimar Republic era, as well as one of only two "Assault Tiger” tanks still in existence... read more arrow

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Sprawling across the northeast of Lower Saxony, the Lüneburg Heath is an extensive region of heath and farmland that forms part of a culturally rich landscape. Its heathland is typical of that which blanketed much of North Germany until the early 19th century, having been formed as a result of overgrazing during the Neolithic period. Today its remaining areas are kept cleared through grazing of Heidschnucke, a North German breed of moorland sheep.

The Lüneburg Heath is named after the town of Lüneburg, which features a beau-tifully preserved 13th-century Town Hall and the German Salt Museum. But the region is dotted with picturesque villages that are clustered with thatched-roof Low Saxon farmhouses.

Explore one of the many scenic walking trails that traverse the heathlands, including to the area’s highest hill, the Wilseder Berg, that rises to a mere 169 me-ters. Soak up the panoramic views all the way to Hamburg or embark on one of the more extensive cycling trails that weave through the region... read more arrow

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Straddling the border between Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, the Harz Mountain National Park protects extensive tracts of spruce and beech woodlands, as well as several bogs that provide a habitat for rare black storks, peregrine falcons, European wildcats and Eurasian lynx. It’s a walkers paradise and crisscrossed with themed trails that form part of the Harzer Wandernadel network, with badges awarded based on the number of checkpoints visited.

Follow in the footsteps of Goethe along the Goethe Way, which leads from Torfhaus through the Brockenfeld Moor to the summit of Mount Brocken and forms part of the 100-kilometer-long Harz Witches’ Trail. Another popular hike is the Kaiser Way that crosses both the Harz and the Kyffhäuser hills while na-turists can hit the Harzer Naturistenstieg where naked hiking is legal.

In addition to the hiking trails that traverse the slopes of Mount Brocken, a nar-row-gauge steam train makes the journey to the 1,141 meter-high summit. It was built at the end of the 19th century to connect the mineral and forestry-rich Harz region to the rest of Germany while helping to promote tourism in the area... read more arrow

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Nestled at the foot of Rammelsberg hill, the Imperial Palace of Goslar is an ex-tensive complex of historical buildings and one of the most impressive tourist attractions in the Harz region. The grounds include the magnificent Kaiserhaus, the Collegiate Church of St. Simon and St. Jude and the Palace Chapel of St. Ul-rich. Together with Goslar’s Old Town and the Rammelsberg, the Imperial Pal-ace of Goslar has been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Imperial Palace was built between 1040 and 1050 during the region of Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich III and is unique in being one of the few secular archi-tectural monuments dating from the period. Its location was selected due to the proximity of the Rammelsberg Silver Mines and was later used primarily as a summer residence for the royal family.

The palace stood strong for more than 200 years but by the late 13th century, it was beginning to fall into disrepair. Fires destroyed some areas while the stone was quarried for other buildings and it wasn’t until 1868 that a concerted effort was made to save the palace and reconstruction efforts began... read more arrow

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Built in the mid-19th century by King George V of Hanover as a birthday present for his wife, the Marienburg Castle is a Gothic revival landmark to the northwest of Hildesheim. It was designed by architect Conrad Wilhelm Hase and served as a summer seat for the House of Hanover and the House of Guelph whose yellow and white flag flies on the main tower.

The Marienburg Castle has remained relatively well preserved after being left un-inhabited for 80 years when the royal family went into exile during Hanover’s annexation by Prussia in 1866. The Duke of Brunswick and his wife moved into the castle in 1945 and their son, Prince Ernest Augustus IV opened the castle museum to the public in 1954.

Join a guided tour to explore the beautifully preserved historic rooms of the Ma-rienburg Castle and learn about King George V and his wife, Queen Marie, in the exhibition “Royal History and Stories”. Soak up the magnificent views of the River Leine and the historic landscapes of Calenberger from the main tower or opt for one of the special costumed tours led by Queen Frederica of Hanover, Princess Sophie Dorothy of Celle or Princess Mary of Hanover... read more arrow

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Set within the glacial landscapes to the northwest of Hanover, the Steinhuder Meer is a picturesque lake and recreational hub that’s named after the nearby village of Steinhude. While it’s the largest lake in northwest Germany, it only drops to around three meters in depth and is surrounded by the rolling landscapes of the Hanoverian Moor Geest.

Follow one of the walking paths that weave through the Steinhuder Meer Nature Park, with a 32-kilometer-long loop following the lake’s perimeter. Alternatively, explore the lake’s natural surrounds on two wheels or hit the waters to test your skills at kitesurfing. Numerous boats offer scheduled trips across the lake, visiting its two manmade islands of Wilhelmstein and Badeinsel Steinhude.

Wilhelmstein was built in the 1760s and transformed into a military fortress by William, Count of Schaumburg-Lippe before being used as a state prison from 1777 to 1867. The island of Badeinsel Steinhude was created more recently in 1975 using sand sourced from the lake and its beach is a popular spot to while away a summer’s afternoon... read more arrow

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