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UNESCO Upper Lusatian Moorland Biosphere Reserve

Oberlausitzer Heide: View from the castle ruin Hohengundelfingen ©Lookphotos (Günther Bayerl)

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

The nature reserve at the heart of an ancient cultural landscape in the east of Saxony covers more than 350 ponds in total, which are nestled amongst dune forests, river meadows, stark farmland, floodplains and heathland. The biosphere reserve features a remarkably diverse range of habitats for rare flora and fauna, such as otters, white storks and white-tailed eagles. Visitors can happily explore the heathland and ponds by taking to the network of cycle routes, footpaths and long-distance hiking trails. Organic markets encourage visitors to fall in love with the local area, with regional producers on hand to sell their fresh produce. What's more, visitors can gain an insight into the culture of the Sorbian folk living locally.

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