Sustainable holidays: the German regions

Discover selected regions of Germany with outstanding sustainability concepts. From the North Sea to the Alps, vibrant landscapes await you in an unspoilt natural setting.

The flat, undyked Hallig islands situated in the Wadden Sea are the perfect place to experience life on the coastal mudflats and the constant ebb and flow of the tides. Up to thirty times a year the islands are completely submerged by water – a perfectly normal occurrence for residents, a source of fascination for visitors.

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The long and narrow island of Juist is possibly the longest sand bank in the world. To many, it is aptly known as Töwerland – magical land. To preserve its enchanting ways for future generations, Juist is focusing on sustainability: the island aims to be carbon-neutral by 2030. Lots of individual projects are aimed at achieving this ambitious target.

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Time is the key to the Ammergau Alps. Those who holiday here gain a new sense of it. Whether that’s taking time out for yourself or for exercise, pleasure or peace and quiet. Time for living. Time to recharge those batteries.

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The Peene valley: the Western-Pomeranian riverscape in the far north east of Germany was shaped by the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago. Vikings and Slavs later lived peacefully here together. The region has remained largely untouched by industry, leaving the path clear for an authentic ‘adventure riverscape’ today.

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Just a short train ride south from Dresden, on the border with the Czech Republic, a landscape of craggy rocks, deep ravines and mysterious lakes awaits walkers. Painters, musicians, poets and philosophers of the Romantic period used to tour Saxon Switzerland and found much inspiration here.

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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.

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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.

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