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Sus­tain­able travel des­tin­a­tions


Do you know what the North Sea island of Juist, the city of Celle and Lake Steinhude Nature Park have in common? These are more than just three wonderful holiday destinations well worth a visit; all three 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.

High up in the North of Lower Saxony, 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?

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.

You can also find plenty of green areas in Lake Steinhude Nature Park, the perfect recreation space for every nature lover. The options for bathing, water sports, walking or bike tours entice many visitors to the 420 square kilometre Nature Park in the Hanover region – and not only in summer! The landscape is characterised by the largest inland lake in Lower Saxony, large areas of woodland and expansive marshlands. The preservation and the responsible enjoyment of these areas is an important objective for numerous local players. Therefore, the Nature Park administration, Steinhuder Meer Tourismus and their partners are committed to balanced development, and have had this confirmed through the Sustainable Destination certification.

In addition to the travel destinations awarded by TourCert, there are other locations in Lower Saxony 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 Lower Saxony to be distinguished with the sought-after award.