A walled, medieval cityscape, the largest old-style city hall in northern Germany, baroque facades: Lüneburg is thousands of years old but still young at heart. As a university town, the Hanseatic city with approximately 175,000 inhabitants attracts thousands of students, who contribute to its diverse cityscape.
The Lüneburg Heath is probably one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany. With its heaths, woodlands, and nature parks it’s a real magnet for numerous tourists, who come here into the huge area between Bremen, Hamburg, and Hanover, to relax in the midst of nature.
Uelzen is situated on the edge of the Lüneburg Heath. The city is ideally positioned at the junctions of the north-south axis Hamburg-Hanover, as well as the west to east axis Bremen-Berlin. Another economic factor of great importance is the Elbe canal. The location of the city along the Heidefluss Ilmenau with its green banks, small parks, and meadows the brightly coloured railway station, designd by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser is very appealing.
East of Uelzen lies the “Wendland“, still an insider tip for anyone seeking a sparsely populated region with open unspoilt nature, situated in the border zone of the present-day states of Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt. The “rundling” villages of the Wendland are unique worldwide and have a very special charm. In these villages the houses are arranged in a circle around the village square. As part of the Elbe floodplain nature reserve, the Wendland additionally offers one of the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe.
This paradise for cyclists and walkers was already discovered by artists, filmmakers, writers and journalists from Hamburg and Berlin decades ago. These people brought creative life back to many of the farms abandoned due to their former proximity to the border and joined ranks with local residents in their resistance against the nuclear waste depot in Gorleben. This is also where e.g. the “Wendland Film Cooperative” was founded. Among other films, the cooperative has made six documentary films concerned with Gorleben.
The “Cultural Country Outing”, originally a form of protest, has now become a magnet for visitors every year between Ascension Day and Whitsun. In 80 villages, artists and craftsmen open their premises and offer a wide-ranging cultural display. The “Cultural Country Outing” counts as the largest annual exhibition event of this kind in Germany. For several years, the short film festival “Wendland Shorts” with its scriptwriter camp has been a focal point of attraction for young filmmakers, media producers, cineasts and film fans. This is a place where talented young people are able to meet experts from the film branch and make valuable contacts away from the city environment.
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