Lüneburg Heath Nature Park

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Location of the Lüneburg Heath Nature Park

In the north of the area known as the Lüneburg Heath in northern Germany, lies the Lüneburg Heath Nature Park (German: Naturpark Lüneburger Heide) with an area of 1,130 square kilometres (440 sq mi). In the centre of the nature park is the Lüneburg Heath Nature Reserve with an area of 23,440 hectares (57,900 acres).


Lüneburg Heath Nature Park
Heathland near Niederhaverbeck

The nature park belongs to the former province (Regierungsbezirk) of Lüneburg and, after its expansion in 2007, includes parts of the districts of Harburg, Lüneburg and Soltau-Fallingbostel. The Lüneburg Heath Nature Park is bordered in the north by Buchholz, in the east by Lüneburg, in the south by Soltau and in the west by Neuenkirchen. It lies roughly 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Hamburg, 70 km east of Bremen and 90 km north of Hanover. It was established as early as 1922, initially with 21,000 hectares (52,000 acres) of nature reserve. In 1993 this area was increased to 23,440 hectares (57,900 acres). By the beginning of 2007 the area of the nature reserve almost coincided with the area of the nature park. On 14 February 2007 the park was expanded to 113,000 hectares (280,000 acres). The areas added included various protected areas (Landschaftsschutzgebiete).

Nature reserves[edit]

There are some 20 nature reserves (Naturschutzgebiete or NSGs) in the park.

NSGs with an area of more than 100 hectares are:

Protected areas[edit]

There are more than 50 protected landscapes (Landschaftsschutzgebiete or LSGs) in the park.

LSGs with an area of more than 500 hectares are:

Natural monuments[edit]

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Coordinates: 53°10′N 9°55′E / 53.17°N 9.92°E / 53.17; 9.92