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.

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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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’.

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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.

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The Mecklenburg Lakes – ospreys and white-tailed eagles circle in the skies above sweeping woodland, meadows and moors. Dotted in between are the glistening waters of small pools, ponds and vast lakes. Discover the wonders of nature, try out water sports, or kick back and relax on the water’s edge.

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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.

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