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.

The Thuringian Forest has it all – from peaceful walks, energetic Nordic walking, and hiking and skiing along the mountain ridges, to culture and history, guided tours and health and wellness breaks.

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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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In 1990 UNESCO recognised the Wadden Sea National Park on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein as a biosphere reserve. In 2005 the five inhabited Hallig islands (small undyked islands in the North Frisian Wadden Sea) were incorporated as a development zone.

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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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South-east Rügen Island has a multi-faceted coastal landscape with long sandy beaches, salt marshes and beech forests, coastal cliff-faces and briny lagoons cutting deep inland.

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One hundred kilometres south-east of Berlin there is a stretch of countryside that is unique in central Europe – Spree Forest, an area of wetlands that bears the influence of centuries of human influence yet still remains largely unspoilt.

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Imposing natural beauty, culture and tradition, distinctive geological features and sites of historical interest – all these await the visitor to the Swabian Alb and its foothills.

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The glaciers that disappeared 10,000 to 15,000 years ago left behind a richly segmented terrain that could almost be a text book for the ice age.

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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 beautiful Rhön hills are located in the heart of Germany, at the intersection of Bavaria , Hessen and Thuringia .

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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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The Upper Lusatian Moorland Biosphere Reserve is the only biosphere reserve in Saxony and one of the largest areas of pondland in Germany.

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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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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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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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