UNESCO-Biosphere reserves – man and nature in harmony

They are areas of great scenic beauty and they also have a mission: Germany's 15 UNESCO-biosphere reserves show how man and nature can coexist in harmony. As you wander through secluded alpine pastures and traditional villages, through romantic vineyards and picturesque orchards, you'll experience this harmony for yourself. You won't just be at one with nature. You'll be at one with yourself.

Germany's only alpine biosphere reserve provides plenty of scope for active pursuits and relaxation with its unspoilt nature and picturesque landscapes.

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In the south-eastern corner of the Saarland directly on the border with France, the Bliesgau region offers a winning combination of orchid meadows, beech forests and wetlands.

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The Elbe Riverside Biosphere Reserve is a unique natural and man-made landscape extending over five German states.

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The Hamburg Wadden Sea Biosphere Reserve in northern Germany surrounds a small group of islands that lie at the mouth of the Elbe river near the town of Cuxhaven. In 1992 the site became part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme.

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Every year, thousands of migrating birds such as geese and cranes break their journey at Lake Schaalsee, where there is now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Like the birds, visitors here will find tranquillity in a natural setting.

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The wide expanses of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea Biosphere Reserve stretch along the North Sea coast and out to sea to a line just the other side of the East Frisian islands.

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The biosphere reserve straddling the German-French border is marked by diverse mixed forests, towering rocks and romantic castle ruins – and the contrast between miles of forest and the open spaces of the winegrowing country.

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