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Aschauteiche im Naturpark Südheide
Luftaufnahme vom Angelbecksteich
Luftaufnahme vom Wacholderwald
Sonnenuntergang an der Oberoher Heide
Wacholderwald Schmarbeck im Naturpark Suedheide
Wietzer Berg im Naturpark Südheide
Angelbecksteich im Naturpark Südheide
Heidschnuckenherde im Naturpark Südheide
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Misselhorner Heide bei Hermannsburg
Oberoher Heide bei Faßberg
Der Naturpark Südheide im Herbst
Ausblick vom Wietzer Berg
Becklinger Moor bei Becklingen
Kraniche im Postmoor
Sonnenaufgang im Postmoor
Heidebach Lutter
die Lutter
Wanderweg durch den Lüßwald
Weg durch den Lüßwald
Der Lüßwald im Naturpark Südheide
Die Örtze im Naturpark Südheide
Die Örtze im Naturpark Südheide

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Südheide Nature Park - Where pearls grow and the eagle has its territory


29320 Hermannsburg

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Tourist-Info Hermannsburg 05052 6574

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Information 05052 6549

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hermannsburg@lueneburger-heide.de

Südheide Nature Park - Where pearls grow and the eagle has its territory

Welcome to the Nature Park Südheide!

The Südheide Nature Park is located entirely in the district of Celle. It covers an area of approx. 500 km² and thus occupies about 1/3 of the district area. It stretches from the river Örtze in the west to the eastern border of the district and almost to the gates of the town of Celle. The Nature Park was established in 1964 with the aim of protecting nature and the landscape on the one hand and making it accessible to those seeking recreation on the other. More than 2,600 ha of the nature park are even nature reserves.


Origin of the glacial valleys during the Ice Age

The soils, geology and relief in the Südheide Nature Park are of glacial origin. During the penultimate ice age (Saale-Ice Age), which ended 130,000 years ago, the area of today's nature park was covered by huge ice masses, the glaciers. During the interglacial warm periods the glaciers melted and retreated. They left behind sand, debris and boulders as ground, edge and terminal moraines. With the retreat of the glaciers, numerous meltwater streams formed, which united to form glacial valleys. For example, the glacial valley of the Aller and the Örtze with its characteristic edge and basin moors developed. During one of these warm periods, the diatomaceous earth deposits near Oberohe were formed from the deposited shells of dead diatoms.

However, it was not only the afforestation that led to the decline in heathland areas, but also the invention of the mineral fertilizer. This has improved the quality of the soil and converted a further part of the once huge heathland into agricultural land. The result of these developments led to the varied landscape of the Nature Park Südheide with moors, heaths, forests and heath streams, which is the special attraction of the Nature Park.

Where pearls grow and the eagle has its territory

The barrenness of the landscape is also the reason why it is still sparsely populated. Only a few roads and rails cross the nature park, so visitors can still find quiet and almost unspoilt landscapes here. This peace and seclusion favours the occurrence of rare animal species such as cranes, otters, white-tailed eagles and black storks, which are particularly sensitive to disturbance. At the same time, the nature park offers recreation seekers an ideal backdrop for hours of relaxed hikes and bicycle tours, far away from mass tourism. On some trails you can walk for hours without meeting a soul.

The pearls of the South Seas have often been heard of, less known are the pearls from the South Heath. In about every thousandth river pearl mussel there is a pearl. In former times, the mussels occurred in masses in the Heidebächen. Today, they are threatened by the extinction.

The near-natural and nutrient-poor Heidebäche Örtze and Lachte streams with their tributaries provide a habitat for many endangered and very sensitive plant and animal species. For this reason, it is only possible to canoe at certain times of the year. Smaller heath streams may not be used any more. Otters, brown trout, river pearl mussels and many others benefit from this. Some of the streams are so important for rare and endangered species that they are protected - for example the Weesener Bach, which flows into the localities near Hermannsburg.

The local Heide rivers with their lowlands are even protected areas of national and European importance. These include


The Lutter is one of the most valuable streams for nature conservation. More than 160 endangered plant and animal species can be found here and in its spring areas. The last intact populations of pearl mussels in Central Europe can be found here.

The RiverWald adventure trail (Fluss-Wald-Erlebnispfad) along the villages is particularly popular with young and old. Over a total length of approx. 20 km it meanders along the villages above Poitzen (municipality of Faßberg) to Baven (municipality of Hermannsburg). On round courses of different lengths, visitors can learn a great deal about the theme of "river" and "forest" at various stations.

Atmospheric heath landscape

The varied heath areas of the Südheide nature park attract numerous nature lovers to the southern Lüneburge Heide every year:


Especially in August, when the heath blooms in full splendour and shines in purple, it is a special visitor attraction. But the sand and dry heaths also offer atmospheric landscape experiences at any other time of the year, such as the "juniper forest" near Schmarbeck with its ancient gnarled junipers, which almost seems spooky in the autumn fog. You will find further heath areas on the Haußelberg. With its extensive heath areas, it offers a magnificent view when the weather is fine.

A very popular excursion destination is the Lönsstein on the Wietzer Berg near Müden/Ö. The stone was erected in the middle of a park-like heath landscape to commemorate the favourite place of the poet Hermann Löns. You will find the largest contiguous heath areas around Oberohe on the unique Kieselgur-Rundwanderweg and in the Misselhorner Heide near Hermannsburg.


The district of Celle has been striving for decades to preserve and develop characteristic examples of this landscape. It has bought or leased many heath areas. Almost all of these areas are now protected as nature reserves or part of the European NATURA 2000 system of protected areas.

Animal Landscapers


In the nature park Südheide there are three herds of Heidschnucken, which care for and preserve the heath areas. In the Misselhorner Heide, in the juniper forest and in the Oberoher Heide you can meet the symbol animal of the heath with a little luck.


Special tip: Visit the shepherd with his herd once during the "Schnuckeneintrieb". You will find the dates in the calendar of events.


Cycling and hiking trails

 Experience the most charming scenery of our region on over 400 kilometres of well signposted cycle paths. Gently rolling heathland, lakes and rivers, wide meadows and deep forests as well as fascinating traces of (Heidjer) history await you in the South Heath Nature Park and the entire Celle region. By the way, we offer you the best cycling tours in Lower Saxony: in 2014, the district of Celle received the prize for the most bicycle-friendly municipality in Lower Saxony from the Lower Saxony Minister of Economic Affairs with its cycle tourism offer.

For those who prefer to travel "on Schuster´s Rappen", there is the hiking paradise Südheide in 23 hiking theme areas with short walks of 2 kilometres in length up to day hikes of a good 20 kilometres in length. Here you can experience our breathtakingly beautiful natural and cultural landscape and get to know its idyllic heath villages better. A special highlight is the Heidschnuckenweg, one of the Top Trails of Germany, which was chosen in 2014 by the readers of Wandermagazin as Germany's most popular hiking trail. The Heidschnuckenweg is integrated into the hiking trail network of the Südheide Nature Park and can be combined with the hiking theme tours to create great circular hiking trails. Therefore, the Celle region is also an ideal location for star walks on the Heidschnuckenweg.

For those who prefer to travel "on Schuster´s Rappen", there is the hiking paradise Südheide in 23 hiking theme areas with short walks of 2 kilometres in length up to day hikes of a good 20 kilometres in length. Here you can experience our breathtakingly beautiful natural and cultural landscape and get to know its idyllic heath villages better. A special highlight is the Heidschnuckenweg, one of the Top Trails of Germany, which was chosen in 2014 by the readers of Wandermagazin as Germany's most popular hiking trail. The Heidschnuckenweg is integrated into the hiking trail network of the Südheide Nature Park and can be combined with the hiking theme tours to create great circular hiking trails. Therefore, the Celle region is also an ideal location for star walks on the Heidschnuckenweg.

Species-rich moors

In the nature park Südheide you will find extensive moorland communities with a great variety of species. Discover rare animal and plant species and observe fascinating natural spectacles such as the woolly grass blossom or the dance of the cranes. From the observation towers at Becklinger Moor near Bergen and Postmoor near Bargfeld you can enjoy a special view over the mystical expanse of the moor landscape.


Jungle-like forest landscapes


In addition to the heath areas, the Südheide Nature Park is characterised above all by its wealth of extensive coniferous and mixed forests. Especially in midsummer it is pleasant to cycle or hike in the shade of dense trees. But also in autumn, when the deciduous forests shine in the most colourful colours, an excursion to one of the forests in the nature park Südheide is recommendable. With the Lüßwald there is even a real "jungle" here!


The Südheide has its own charm at any time of the year. A visit is therefore worthwhile in spring as well as in summer, autumn and winter!


A special tip: In the Südheide you can experience breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. We will show you where you can observe this natural spectacle particularly well.


Accessible offers


Two sections of the Heidschnuckenweg are barrier-free hiking trails. The 1.4 km long barrier-free hiking tour, situated on the idyllic Angelbecksteich pond, offers ideal conditions for people with walking or visual impairments. The varied scenery with the quietly situated lake and the adjoining heath area surrounded by woods provide a very special nature experience. A section of the popular River Forest Experience Trail can also be experienced barrier-free. This is located in the quaint heath village of Müden (Örtze) and runs around the heath lake there. Of course there are also barrier-free gastronomy offers and accommodation in the heathland villages, just contact the local tourist information.

Urige heath places


The heath villages of the Südheide enchant with their traditional half-timbered houses, old farms and historic town centres. Visit places worth seeing such as



  • Hermannsburg
  • Müden/Örtze
  • Faßberg
  • Unterlüß
  • Lachendorf
  • Bergen
  • Winsen an der Aller
  • Buy fresh products such as Heide-potatoes or Heide-honey directly from the region in the small farm shops of the Südheide! Of course you can also enjoy freshly prepared regional specialities such as Heidschnucke or game dishes from the local forests directly in the numerous restaurants of the respective heath places. The hosts of the Südheide are looking forward to your visit!

    Guided tours in the nature park Südheide


    In order to discover the nature park Südheide from different points of view, a variety of guided hikes and bicycle tours are offered. An overview of the tours in the Lüneburger Heide will help you with your individual holiday planning. If you have already booked your holiday, you can also use our calendar of events to select interesting events during your stay and reserve your seats, specifying the place and date.

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