Lüneburg Heath is in Lower Saxony, southeast of Hamburg. It is famous for its scenic heather covered heathland, which is the largest single area of heath in Europe. The region is dotted with pretty farming villages with red brick cottages and friendly village communities. The area flourished in the past due to its salt mines, known as “white gold” in the Middle Ages and is steeped in World War II history.
This natural region is delightful for scenic drives, leisurely bike rides or quiet walks accompanied only by grazing sheep. The Lüneburg Heide is a natural park around the Wilseder Berg hill which is popular for hill walking. The area comes to life in August with many festivals celebrating the colourful heather. The largest is at Amelinghausen and lasts for a week with cultural music, dancing and heather products including local honey made from the fragrant blooms. Those staying in Lüneburg Heath holiday rentals will enjoy sampling the local cuisine which is based upon tasty sausages such as Bregenwurst and smoky Kohlwurst.
The main town Lüneburg is well known for its Old Town (Altstadt) architecture. Visit the Hunengraber, or giants’ graves which are huge megaliths that dot the landscape around your Lüneburg Heath holiday home. Apart from the heather, the most popular attraction in the area is the Vogelpark Walsrode, the largest bird park in Europe. It has free flight displays, a raised treewalk and a penguin enclosure among other exhibits. The Heide Park is one of the largest amusement parks in Germany and has around 40 white-knuckle rides along with a Dolphin Show, Parrot Show and various other entertaining performances. The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was an infamous SS detention camp where thousands of Jews died and the exhibition centre is a sobering place of history to visit nearby. There is also a memorial to teenage diarist Anne Frank.
Holiday rentals around Lüneburg Heath enjoy mild winters and cool summers in the temperate maritime climate. Summer temperatures average 68°F (20°C) falling to 36°F (2°C) in the winter with overnight freezing at times. The area has rain showers at any time of year.
The nearest airport to Lüneburg Heath holiday rentals is Hamburg (HAM) Airport which is 50 km away. Lüneburg is very easy to reach from the airport in a hire car along the main A250 and the journey takes around 30 minutes. The town also has a railway station for those wanting to travel by rail. A car is necessary for staying in the area.