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Sus­tain­able travel des­tin­a­tions

Do you know what the North Sea island of Juist and the city of Celle have in common? These are more than just two wonderful holiday destinations well worth a visit; all two are also certified Sustainable Destinations. The quality seal is awarded by TourCert, the consulting and certification organisation, and distinguishes great commitment to ecological, economic and social sustainability.

Juist - One of the East Frisian Islands

High up in the North of Niedersachsen, in the middle of the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the Island of Juist. Instead of cars or buses, horses and carriages and bicycles are used as transport here. The “KlimaInsel” (climate island) has a major objective: Juist wants to be carbon neutral by 2030. To achieve this, numerous individual projects have got underway which incorporate both residents and tourists alike. After all, everyone should be able to participate in the sustainable development of the island – will you join us?

Celle - sustainable city in the Lüneburg Heath

Nestled in Lüneburg Heath, you will find the ducal residence of Celle. The city features almost 500 extensively restored half-timbered houses, the largest cohesive ensemble in Europe. Celle is also the first city in Northern Germany to have been distinguished as a Sustainable Destination. Various service providers such as hotels, restaurants and local traders have committed to the sustainable development of the city. Pay them a visit, and get to know the green side of Celle.

More sustainable destinations

In addition to the travel destinations awarded by TourCert, there are other locations in Niedersachsen which are also actively committed to sustainability. Hanover leads by example. The state capital, which received the German Sustainability Award in 2017 as the most sustainable city in Germany, places value on environmentally-friendly mobility and lots of green spaces. The Hanseatic city of Buxtehude received the same award in 2018 as a medium-sized city for its cross-generation and cross-sector commitment to sustainability. In 2019, Osnabrück became the next city in Niedersachsen to be distinguished with the sought-after award.