The Lüneburger Heide (or Lüneburg Heath) is one of these locations that are relatively close (about a 2h drive) but don’t often come to mind when looking for a destination for a short trip.
On Monday, we finally went after having missed the time-window of blooming heath last year.
Right after our arrival at the Pietzmoor, we were greeted by a herd of Heidschnucken which is a local type of sheep.
The shepherd had his dogs guide more than 100 of them from one field to the other - across our path.
We then continued on the Pietsmoor loop trail which is a relatively narrow wooden plank path that directly leads through the moor with the swampy parts left and right and sometimes under.
The loop took us a little more than an hour so we set off to a second location afterwards. A longer hike took us up the Wilseder Berg which is just 169m above sea level but nevertheless the highest point in the region.
The trails around the “mountain” were surprisingly diverse with wheat fields, birch forests, fern-covered jungles…
…open heath landscape…
…and a little town with historic buildings.
We had a lot of fun and I was also pleasantly surprised how accessible the area was. They had free or cheap parking lots wherever we wanted to stop and some small restaurants. I’d like to come back but maybe next time by bike. The trails also seemed perfect for some light mountain biking and that way we could see a lot more of the landscape the next time.