Enjoy the Northwest

Parks and gardens

Where dukes once took leisurely walks, everyone can now forget the stress of everyday life, with gardens and parks inviting leisure and relaxation throughout the Northwest. The Castle Gardens in Oldenburg celebrated their bicentennial in 2014. The park still features trees from the original planting and Germany's oldest rhododendrons of their kind. The "little brother" of the Castle Gardens is found in Jever, which was also designed around the concept of an English landscape garden and which invites visitors to walk around its grounds.

The northwestern landscape is distinguished by numerous, impressively original cottage gardens that are a magnet for visitors on vacation. In the green heart of the Ammerland is the "Park der Gärten" (the Garden Park) that exhibits colorful woody perennials in over 90 model and thematic gardens with individual compositions and collections. The park's charm is a welcome change from everyday life.

Primeval summits and unique maritime treasures

The Wadden Sea (Wattenmeer) in Lower Saxony features a uniquely diverse ecosystem. The majority of the national park is also designated as a European protected area under the EU Bird Protection Regulations and the EU Flora and Fauna Habitat Regulations.
Since 2005, the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea has been united with other German national parks, biosphere reserves and nature parks under the umbrella term "National Nature Landscapes."

Who says that the land is flat and barren? The Signalberg in the Münsterland around Oldenburg proudly rises up to a height of 146 meters between Damme and Steinfeld. In good weather, the summit affords endless views over the north German lowlands that extend to the Wadden Sea, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is also an historic aspect to the mountains of Damme. The wooded mountain range in the Vechta district forms part of a terminal moraine from early glaciation events during the Saale ice age. The Damme Mountain Lake, which covers an area of approximately 25 hectares, provides a refuge for rare animals and plants. 68 of the 364 identified vascular plant species that have been identified there are on the red list of the most endangered species in Lower Saxony.

Spas and health resorts

The beaches of the North Sea, the mountainous Harz region within easy reach and lush woodlands and meadows in between, together with heathland, moors and river landscapes: the Northwest makes an excellent case for itself as a varied natural paradise. The welcoming landscape can be enhanced even further through the therapeutic intervention.

Mirroring the multi-faceted nature of Lower Saxony's landscape, the Northwest plays host to thirty spas and health resorts that invite guests to unwind and enjoy themselves. The numerous salt caves, in which brine spas and health farms give the body a new lease of life, are not the region's only health-giving sources. The fresh sea air of the North Sea also has an invigorating effect. Whether you are looking to address a physical ailment or simply to relax, the Northwest makes it easy to identify the optimal route to recovery. With the support of natural, local healing tools, individual help with the healing process is available to all. Nowhere in Germany offers a comparable range of opportunities so close to one another.

Like a string of pearls

Seven small specks are located just off the coast in the Wadden Sea, each unique and unlike the others. The East Frisian Islands are the major destination for all northerners who enjoy holidays with a maritime flavor. The ferry takes just half an hour to deliver holidaymakers to a relaxing break. Stepping off the ferry, you are surrounded by beaches that stretch into the distance and picturesque dunes, and the stress of everyday life rapidly disappears into the vastness of the landscape.

The centuries-old Frisian villages on the islands have survived the chaos of war and storm surges and their steadfastness never fails to have an impressively calming effect on visitors. Those who prefer to skip the ferry and enjoy the natural heritage (in every sense of the term) can also cross from the mainland at low tide, over the mud, to the islands of Nordeney, Baltrum, Langeoog, Spiekeroog and Wangerooge. The conditions on Spiekeroog, Juist, Langeoog and Wangerooge are particularly well suited for relaxation: these islands are car-free zones.

Find out more deails here: https://www.nationalpark-wattenmeer.de/