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Discover the Green Belt in the Elbe-Altmark-Wendland with BUND

Maik Richter

Discover the Green Belt in the Elbe-Altmark-Wendland with BUND

Hiking Collection by BUND e.V.

11

Tours

27:40 h

162 mi

2,050 ft

As part of the project ‘Cross-linking the Green Belt’, we at BUND für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (Friends of the Earth Germany) have put together seven walks and three cycle Tours so you can explore the various landscapes of the Elbe-Altmark-Wendland Adventure Region.

With this project, we’re creating cross-connections along the Green Belt, Germany's largest biotope network, to other natural areas nearby. The line is becoming a network, a unique memorial landscape and habitat for many endangered animal and plant species. You can find more information here: bund.net/bund-in-english/?utm_term=textlinktx_bundpoolpublication_display%255Bfilter%255D%255Btopics%255D%255B0%255D%253D21cHash%253Df70a977f615d8158395807b68c6c2565

In this Collection, our cycle Tours show you the region in all its diversity. The Four-Country Border Cycle Route, which runs along the Elbe and the former German border, gives you a very special insight. Memorials and old border towers tell you about German history, while magnificent natural landscapes show you the beauty of the country. If you prefer to walk, you will find hiking Tours through the Elbe River Landscape UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, former clay mining areas and idyllic riparian forests. In autumn, you can watch the bird migration and cranes. Whichever Tour you choose, you'll find an interesting mix of exciting German history and beautiful natural spaces.

Immediately after the fall of the Wall, we, the BUND, made it our task to protect these habitats, which are important for rare animals and plants. In addition, there are all kinds of relics of the former inner-German border to discover along the Green Belt – the perfect combination of culture, history and nature.

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    Floodplain experience Tour in the Altmark – hiking along the Green Belt

    Easy
    01:56
    17.1 mi
    8.9 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular route takes you through the Elbe-Aland lowlands in the UNESCO Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve. We recommend that you do this tour together with the Auentour app. With it you get exciting insights into the different habitats of the floodplain landscape by means of audio recordings

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  • Easy
    00:37
    6.44 mi
    10.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular bike tour starts in Lower Saxony: You move on the old convoy paths across the former inner-German border. You cycle past old boundary stones through the Green Belt to the Jahrsauer Sack. Once there, you will find relics of a disappeared village, whose inhabitants were forcibly relocated

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  • Difficult
    09:56
    101 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This cycle route takes you through four federal states along the Green Belt: Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. You cycle along the Elbe and the former inner-German border. This route combines the most exciting aspects of nature and culture. You can experience

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    6.60 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike takes you to the Cheiner peat bog, which has been well preserved in the shadow of the former inner-German border. This allows you to observe rare species such as the peat meadow butterfly, a very special butterfly. We recommend a visit in spring when the concert of moor, tree and grass frogs

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  • Easy
    01:36
    3.93 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike takes you to near-natural waters and colorful, blooming wet meadows. At the Brietz ponds you can best enjoy the Eldorado for waders and water birds, dragonflies and amphibians from the observation stands. Since the end of the 1990s, the former "brick oak" has been remodeled in a natural way

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  • Intermediate
    01:40
    4.07 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike you will experience the jungle-like wet forests of the Bürgerholz Salzwedel. With a little luck you can see cranes, black storks and sea eagles here. The trees are in the middle of the water. We recommend a visit in spring, when the white water feather is in bloom in the undergrowth. The

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  • Difficult
    05:10
    12.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A unique natural paradise opens up to you on this hike around the Arendsee. The north bank of the lake was not accessible during the GDR. We recommend the hike in winter at dusk, as up to 60,000 geese then move to their sleeping places on the lake. If you still have energy, continue to the Wirler Spitze

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  • Easy
    01:20
    3.25 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the tip of the Wirler, the border between Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony bends sharply west from the north - a real frontier point. As on the entire former inner German border, today's Green Belt, here is a wide strip in the forest, which was cleared by the GDR border troops and kept free. So you

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  • Easy
    01:02
    2.51 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you from Brietz on the residential Brietzer mills past the Brietzer ponds. These are former clay pits, which were extensively transformed by the BUND into an open pond landscape. Many birds find this renaturation very successful and have settled here - whether as a permanent resident

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  • Easy
    01:02
    2.52 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Northwest of Salzwedel, near the border between Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony, lies an old clay mining area. After the turn of the BUND took over the clay pits and renatured it as a wide wetland meadow and pond biotope. Today, the pits bear the name Brietzer Teiche - named after the nearby Brietzer

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    Ausblick auf die Hohe Garbe

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Hohe Garbe is a particularly well-preserved alluvial forest. These can only be found very rarely in Germany. The area of the Hohe Garbe was renatured again in a multi-year project by BUND e.V. The former dike was cut and old flood channels were dredged so that river water can flow into the alluvial forest again. Many trees and bushes have been planted. Now the forest can develop and grow naturally. You can find an overview of the project and the Hohe Garbe here: bund.net/elbauen

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    From the boardwalk you can see the broad-leaved orchid in May / June. It is a species of orchid that is on the Saxony-Anhalt Red List and has been classified as critically endangered. You can also watch some wild animals here.

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    Geschleifte Ortschaft Jahrsau

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The driveway to the deserted area can be reached via the former patrol road, along the green belt, coming from Kriwitz or Prezier. A very challenging route for cyclists. It is easier to hike this route. You will be compensated for the demanding route with the view over wide meadow areas and the voices of nature.

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    Due to its seclusion in the shadow of the former inner-German border, which today forms the Green Belt, the Cheiner peat bog has largely been spared from profound drainage. Fed by numerous sources, a colorful mosaic of species-rich wet meadows, moor and swamp forests has been preserved here. We recommend a visit in spring. Then the concert of moor, tree and grass frogs fills the air. In May and June the moor is colorful with the flowering of over 6,000 orchids, e.g. the rare broad-leaved orchid. A plank walkway is built especially at this time. You can use this to enter the magnificent wet meadow without damaging the sensitive vegetation cover and the bog soils.

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    Lenzener Elbtalaue Infotafel

    Bike Touring Highlight

    In the Lenzener Elbtalaue, the Elbe has regained 420 hectares of floodplains in recent years. Until a few years ago, the former floodplain areas were cut off from the river by the construction of the dyke and were used intensively for agriculture. As part of a large-scale nature conservation project, a 6 km long new dyke was built, which is up to 1.3 km away from the river. As a result, the old dyke, which was very close to the river, was removed in 6 places at approx. 200 to 500 m. In the event of a flood, the water can now enter the newly gained floodplain through these "dyke slits". In the Lenzener Elbtalaue, a near-natural floodplain landscape is developing as a result.
    Further information on the dike relocation can be found here: burg-lenzen.de/burg_lenzen/projekte/naturschutzgrossprojekt/naturschutzgrossprojekt.html

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    This vantage point is beautifully embedded in the thicket of plants, on a small hill. There are several benches here, but none of them are protected from the weather. Definitely a great place to take a break, even for larger groups, with a wonderful view of the Brietzer ponds. A place of rest and relaxation.

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    Central point at the Brietzer Teiche with information boards and signposts. There is also a small parking lot and a rest area nearby. There is also a stamp box here.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Highlights
    13
  • Distance
    162 mi
  • Duration
    27:40 h
  • Elevation
    2,050 ft

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