Lower Saxony has some true natural treasures, of which the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Wadden Sea and the forests and mountains of the Harz mountains are the most important. They are under special protection as national parks in Lower Saxony.
The two national parks represent the variety of natural landscapes in Lower Saxony, and their differences will appeal greatly to all fans of the great outdoors.
The North Sea coast of Lower Saxony is home to the Wadden Sea with its salt marshes, dunes, beaches and sandbanks, which serve as a nesting, feeding and resting spot for sometimes very rare species of bird and provide a habitat for many sea creatures, including seals.
The Harz Mountains National Park is the exact opposite of this, and not just in terms of its location. The dense forests, rocky mountainsides and babbling brooks of this low mountain range in the south of Lower Saxony are home to lynx and grouse.
However different they may be, one thing unites Lower Saxony’s two national parks: their belief in “letting nature be nature”.