Vier- und Marschlande

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The Vier- und Marschlande are made up of 12 districts of Bergedorf and together form one of the most beautiful natural areas in Hamburg. No less than four nature reserves, including the largest in Hamburg, can be explored here.

Surrounded by reeds and floodplain forests, green meadows, old half-timbered houses with thatched roofs, colorful seas of flowers on the banks of the Dove Elbe, centuries-old Baroque-style churches and enchanting bathing lakes, this southeastern outer edge of Hamburg has a truly calming effect on the senses.

Large green areas between the Goseelbe and Elbe rivers are part of the Kirchwerder Wiesen nature reserve. At 860 hectares, it is the largest designated nature reserve in Hamburg. Nearby, three other protected areas nestle on the Lower Elbe: In the Zollenspieker nature reserve, the original Elbe meadow landscape of the foreshore dikes is protected. The Kiebitzbrack is a relict of former flooding in the Elbe marshes and home to endangered amphibians. In the far southeast of Hamburg lies the Borghorst Elbe Landscape nature reserve, which continues into Schleswig-Holstein and reflects the species-rich habitat along the tide-influenced Elbe.

Adjacent to the Vier- und Marschlande in the north are also the Holzhafen and Boberger Niederung nature reserves, where with a bit of luck even sea eagles can be seen circling.

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Breath of fresh air Idyllic nature areas in and around Hamburg

From sand dunes to forests to marshes - Hamburg has a diverse array of biotopes to offer.

Idyllic nature areas in and around Hamburg
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Welcome to Bergedorf, Wandsbek, Hammerbrook and Rothenburgsort! Here, the harbour cranes and industrial culture in Rothenburgsort and Hammerbrook meet nature protection areas, meadows and woods on the border with Schleswig-Holstein.

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The Hirschpark in Hamburg is a green oasis, and "deer park" is exactly what it is: Reindeer and fallow deer live in the game reserve.

Stadtpark Hamburg
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On sunny days, the Stadtpark is buzzing - young and old meet on the large city park fields to play soccer, have picnics, sunbathe and let the kites fly. At the edge of the large meadow there's a playground with a giant swing, slide and lots of equipment. The shallow pool is a special delight for little water lovers.

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Nature reserve "Die Reit"

Where Gose Elbe and Dove Elbe meet, lies the delightful landscape of the small nature reserve Die Reit. Past small lakes and ponds, you walk through primeval, swampy beech forest. From the Reit dike, your gaze sweeps over green meadows and waving reed beds.

Nature reserve "Die Reit"

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