The Werra river snakes its way for 300 kilometres from its source on the Rennsteig ridge through Thuringia , northern Hessen and southern Lower Saxony – often alongside the former inner-German border. At Hannoversch Münden, the Werra and Fulda merge to become the Weser river.
The World Heritage region of Wartburg Hainich combines two of Thuringia’s most significant tourist destinations: historical Wartburg Castle and the ancient beech forests, which not only reflect the two sides to the UNESCO coin – culture and nature – but also offer a world of opportunities for visitors now and in the future.
Up in the north east of the March of Brandenburg, wind turbines rotate on the horizon and the hustle and bustle of city life feels like a distant memory. And yet here is a place with its finger firmly on the pulse: regional producers, energy suppliers and small family businesses are all driving sustainable development as part of an eco-friendly tourism network.
There has always been something special about the Lippe region. It was here that the legendary Battle of Teutoburg Forest took place in 9 AD, when the Teutons, led by Hermann the Cheruscan, stopped the Romans’ northern advance. The region still proudly refers to itself as ‘Hermann’s Teutoburg Forest’.
The Spree Forest: central Europe’s most beautiful inland delta. Rivers and streams flow slowly between tranquil villages, where Sorbs still practise their age-old customs and boatmen guide their wooden punts along the narrow waterways at a leisurely pace.
The Black Forest: home of the world-famous cuckoo clocks, the red pom-pom hats, the iconic farmhouses and the legendary gateau. It is a place where traditional crafts like clockmaking and customs such as the Alemannic fasnacht carnival are cherished. In 1937 the area around the Feldberg (the highest peak in Germany that doesn’t count as a true mountain) became the first conservation reserve in Baden-Württemberg.