Located right at the mouth of the Oste River lies the Natureum Niederelbe with the Elbe-Küstenpark coastal park, where animals, nature and the forces of nature can all be marvelled at. The park has a meteorological station, a storm flood model, a bird and coastal TV channel. There’s also a gold panning machine which kids will love. In the ‘coastal zoo’ visitors can see fishes, mudskippers, snakes and tortoises, and can even touch them during guided tours. The large permanent exhibition in the Natureum looks at the landscape, the fauna and people along the Niederelbe River. Where do storks fly, what comes after low tide? Answers to these and many other questions can be found in the Natureum. Free guided tours are available daily.
From the observation tower you look directly over the large, funnel-shaped mouth of the Elbe to the North Sea. This is the largest, partially near-natural river mouth in Europe; this is where the river and the sea meet.
Adventures on land
Horses cantering across green meadows in the evening sun; black-pied cattle lying comfortably in the fields, sheep on the dykes and a flock of barnacle geese flying across the sky. Altes Land is the perfect place to observe a wide range of species and experience them at close quarters. The many sheep in the region play a key role in maintaining nature by keeping the grass on the dykes short. Horse breeding has made the Kehdingen area famous far beyond the state boundaries, and many dressage and show jumping horses that have won prizes at international events have come from this part of the world. Riding along the banks of the Elbe River, coach and wagon trips, or the riding tournament in Bargstedt in the Stader Geest: this is a horse country for horse-lovers. If cows are more your thing, then why not explore the Niedersachen Milk Route?