Man and Nature in Harmony - Welcome to the Oldest Nature Preserve of Schleswig-Holstein
The duchy of Lauenburg is located at the South-East of Schleswig-Holstein. In the hilly landscape shaped during the ice age, flora and fauna were able to develop nearly undisturbed in the shadow of the inner-German border. Near Hamburg and Lübeck, a cultural landscape developed characterised by forestry, animal husbandry, farming, embedded in deep forests, lakes and wetlands, as well as fallow land and pastures.
Since 1960, Schleswig-Holstein's oldest nature preserve "Lauenburgische Seen" has been developing and maintaining this diversity. The large preserve of 474 square kilometres around the Ratzeburger See (1,600 ha) and Schaalsee (2,400 ha) promotes active landscape protection and understanding of nature by sustainable management and gentle tourism.
Man and nature are to be in harmony. We recognise the value and wealth of biological diversity, use nature for sports, fun and relaxation thanks to the nature preserve's comprehensive infrastructure and logistics. In nature, with nature – in a wonderful community.
Habitat of Endangered Animal and Plant Species
Many rare and endangered animals and plants live in the deep forests, the moist valleys and fens, on the extensively used pastures and in the fallows on the roughly 35 by 17 kilometres large nature preserve Lauenburgische Seen. Some of them find their last habitats in Schleswig-Holstein here. The Schaalseee lake is important for all of Europe as an important resting place for migratory birds, when huge swarms of ducks, geese and other water fowl come to its bays every year.