The museums of the biosphere region Elbtalaue-Wendland are not just something for a rainy day. A wide range of hands-on experiences and activity programmes combined with interesting exhibitions on current and historic topics give you an exciting insight into this multifaceted region. The twelve museums cover everything from Bronze Age history to castle towers, cultured princes, East-West border experiences, firefighting in the days of yore, through to round villages and the region’s almost forgotten industrial heyday. And now the Rolling Stones Fan Museum in Lüchow brings the number of museums up to thirteen.
Archaeological centre Hitzacker
More than 4,000 years ago the first people settled on Lake Hitzacker. Germany’s first open-air Bronze Age museum is situated on the site of the original settlement.
The Borderland Museum Schnackenburg
The museum of the smallest town in Niedersachsen
Until 1989, the Wendland was hemmed in to the north and south by the border between East and West Germany. Schnackenburg, the smallest town in Niedersachsen, was a border town directly on the river Elbe.
Forest museum, nature trail and outdoor activities
At the “Naturum” you can immerse yourself in nature, and learn about the forest and its history. A forest museum, nature trail and a range of outdoor activities: a great way to escape the hectic of everyday life.
Amtsturm Museum Lüchow
Exploring the history of Lüchow
The Amtsturm tower is the last remaining vestige of Lüchow Castle, which was destroyed in a fire in 1811. The museum houses an exhibition on the history of the town of Lüchow, from its origins to the 19th century.
A round village brought to life
An open-air museum that explores the mystery of the round villages. A rustic dwelling with a faithfully reconstructed interior and an exhibition of traditional costumes provide a realistic impression of everyday life in 19th-century rural communities.
Museum in the Waldemarturm
A rich and varied history
The Waldemarturm can look back on a varied history and usage. It served as a prison, a document archive, and today houses the town’s museum.
Historic Fire Brigage Museum Neu Tramm
From leather buckets to Baroque hand pumps
From leather buckets and Baroque hand pumps to old-timer fire engines from the 1960s: the Fire Brigade Museum presents the history of firefighting on around 2,500 m².
The Old Customs House Hitzacker
Town history museum
The Customs House, dating back to 1589, is situated in the middle of the island town and is one of the oldest secular buildings in the Wendland. This is where the customs officer once administered the lucrative Elbe river toll. Today the Customs House is a museum dedicated to the history of Hitzacker.
The “Blue House” Clenze
A small-town museum
The Blue House Clenze is a “Flecken” museum: Flecken is an old German word for something between a village and a town: Clenze had the right to hold markets but had no comprehensive municipal laws.
Rural life in a former shipping village
Whether a ship owner, captain or skipper: up to the Second World War nearly every fourth person in Vietze had a job connected to shipping on the Elbe. In seven exhibition rooms, the museum explores rural life in this former shipping village.