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Schorfheide

Schorfheide

Where nature can be nature

The Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve forms one of the biggest connected areas of woodland inGermanyand is interspersed with expansive heaths, small and large lakes, moors and marshlands. The area is strictly protected and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011 with its Grumsin beech forest. We can partly thank stately privileges for this unique population of so many animals and plants, some of them rare. Already declared a hunting ground for the German emperors, large parts of the Schorfheide were reserved for the upper echelons of the GDR government and its guests of state for hunting purposes until 1989. Because the general public had no access, the area was able to develop over decades of seclusion into a pure and partly primeval landscape. In 1990, the Schorfheide was granted national park status and now provides the opportunity for everyone to experience and learn about nature, as well as stringent environmental protection in the form of absolute reserves, to which no access is permitted.

If you’re willing to observe calmly and take a break at one of the viewpoints on your hiking or cycling tour, you can discover much – maybe a rare lesser spotted eagle up in the sky or a black stork in the fields. Native livestock, wild animals, packs of wolves, elks, bison and woolly pigs have made their home in the Schorfheide. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to spot some of these species. One place where you can be sure to see them is the Wildpark Schorfheide in Gross Schönebeck – an inspiring and exciting day out, not just for children.

www.schorfheide.de

 
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