A wide heather landscape with mighty oaks, crooked pines and filigree birch trees on sandy paths as well as a diverse range of recreational opportunities characterize the Lüneburg Heath.
Anyone who spends their vacation in Bispingen looks forward to beautiful excursions and experiences in the midst of the beautiful nature of the Lüneburg Heath. Not only when the heather is in bloom in August and September, when the heather turns into a sea of purple flowers, but you can spend a relaxing and eventful holiday in Bispingen all year round. Bispingen is in close proximity to the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve. Use your vacation to go on wonderful hikes or bike rides, to enjoy the wonderful landscape around the Wilseder Berg or to take a carriage ride.
In addition to excursions into our unique natural landscape, you can also simply float leisurely in the warm water in the Soltau Therme or relax in the large wellness area at Center Parcs Bispinger Heide.
The nature reserve can be visited on the designated paths on foot, by bike, on horseback or by carriages that are waiting for visitors in the large parking lots. There is a general ban on motor vehicles in order to protect the landscape and the flora and fauna. The vastness of the landscape invites you to reflect and relax. No wonder that the Lüneburg Heath is better known than the state of Lower Saxony itself - it is a unique landscape.
The Totengrund is a 30 hectare basin on the edge of the Wilseder mountain. Impressive juniper bushes and heather grow in the basin 1 km south of Wilsede, which was probably formed during the Ice Age. Its name probably comes from the barren soil, so that the heather farmers once gave the dry valley the name "Toter Grund". Together with the Wilseder Berg, the Totengrund is one of the most famous places in the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve. The charming landscape already attracted numerous visitors at the beginning of the 20th century.
In the center of the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve is the Wilseder Berg, at 169.2 m it is the highest point in the north-west German plain. From here, on a clear day, you have wonderful views of the vast heathland and the towers of Lüneburg and Hamburg. The Wilseder Berg is one of the most famous parts of the Lüneburg Heath.
If the climatic conditions are balanced, the common heather (Calluna vulgaris) blushes from the beginning of August to mid-September. The less common bog or bell heather (Erika tetralix) blooms as early as July. But the blossoms don't just appear in the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve. The blaze of color also shines on many other areas in the city triangle between Hamburg, Bremen and Hanover in August and September.
The certified coachmen will show you the most beautiful places in the nature reserve. You drive the regularly serviced and TÜV - tested carriages. From Niederhaverbeck, a district of Bispingen, and Schneverdingen you will get to know the charming landscape around the Wilseder Berg. This excursion through the Lüneburg Heath is a great experience that you will surely remember for a long time. Retractable roof and transparent side panels make the tour independent of the weather. You have the opportunity to enjoy the unique experience in complete peace.
The treetop path "Heide Himmel" offers nature lovers and everyone who wants to become one unique views and insights into the nature of the Lüneburg Heath.
Along the barrier-free, 700-meter-long path through the pine and spruce forests on the edge of the wildlife park, visitors are offered many new impressions and the 40-meter-high observation tower not only allows a breathtaking view. The preoccupation with the topic of "nature" and its preservation at many stations will also widen your horizons to a certain extent.
In the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve near Bispingen-Niederhaverbeck there are two circular hiking trails for wheelchair users. The short tour is 1.5 km long, the long tour 3.5 km. They enable visitors with reduced mobility to experience the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve in all its facets. Both paths lead representative through the Haverbeeke valley and through all the special elements of this historical cultural landscape. The visitor can experience numerous sights and get to know the flora and fauna typical of the heath up close.
At the entrance to Behringen from the direction of Bispingen, the 70,000 square meter Brunausee lies in an idyllic, wooded area. The bathing bay and hiking trails around the lake are ideal for swimming, boating, walking and lingering. In addition to play equipment and pedal boats, there is also a quad track on the spacious leisure area. Every year on the 1st weekend in August, the Behringer Seefest, known far beyond the borders of the Heidekreis, takes place on the Brunausee.
To the southeast of Schneverdingen, not far from Heberer Straße, discover a bizarre, mysterious and unreal landscape - the Pietzmoor. Named after Hof Pietz in the east, it is 2.5 square kilometers and is the largest contiguous moor area on the Lüneburg Heath. You can encounter this fascinating 8,000-year-old high moor landscape on paved boardwalks and kilometers of paths.
On the southern edge of the "Höpener Heide und Höpener Berg" nature reserve, just a few minutes from the city center of Schneverdingen, there is a special, magnificent heather garden right in front of an old sheepfold. With the impressive number of around 150,000 plants and around 150 different types of heather, it captivates its visitors all year round in bloom, warms the heart and enchants both the mind and the eye.
This path is aimed primarily at children who should learn to playfully understand the historical cultural landscape of the Lüneburg Heath over a length of 11 km. At the 23 different stations on topics such as "Biotope types in the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve", "Historical and current forms of use of the heath" or "Feeling and touching", the youngest should learn to understand the historical cultural landscape of the heath.
Just take off your shoes and socks and go barefoot for a short hike. This is possible in the Egestorf Barefoot Park - and you will be amazed. The 2.7 km long circular route runs over a wide variety of materials: stones, mulch, bark, grass, earth, sand, water, clay, pebbles, wood ... You are surrounded by a wide, calming landscape, it goes through the shady forest , then again over wide meadows. Going barefoot, even in temperatures beyond midsummer? Yes! Because that is not only healthy, strengthens the immune system, cares for the feet and strengthens the back, but is also a lot of fun in the Egestorf Barefoot Park. When walking barefoot, the feet warm up quickly.
What is special about bees? What is special about heather bee kernels? What are the special features of wax and honey? In the nature information center in Niederhaverbeck in the Lüneburg Heath Nature Reserve, the exhibition "Worlds of Bees" is dedicated to the fascinating heather beekeeping. Which devices do beekeepers work with today, which ones did they use in the past during the heather farming era? The exhibition is free of charge and will be explained by the expert tour guides.
A visit is worthwhile all year round and in all weathers - because here you get the key to the heather: In the icy past, it explains how today's landscape was shaped by ice and wind. Old heather farmers, shepherds and beekeepers talk about their work, which has developed vast heather from the dense forest. The main actor "Besenheide" is the focus. On the upper floor, you will get to know the animal and machine landscape keepers from the Lüneburg Heath Nature Conservation Park Association and Foundation. The exhibition is open all year round. Admission is free.
With the sauna landscape, the brine and indoor pool, the Vitadrom and the numerous therapy, wellness and event offers, the Soltau Therme offers a wide variety of options for active and relaxing leisure activities. Swim in the brine pools like a fish in the salty sea. Or take a break in the whirlpool and relax in the 45 ° C warm brine steam bath. Waterfalls, sunbathing bays, outdoor pools and the salt grotto ensure the feel-good atmosphere. Incidentally, the brine with a high proportion of table salt and a mineral content comparable to that of the Dead Sea comes directly from Soltau and is recovered from a depth of around 200 meters.
The Center Parcs opens its doors exclusively for guests of the Heidehotel Bockelmann (by appointment Tel. 05194-940) also for day visitors: Enjoy an Indian oil massage, swim weightlessly on the salt water and relax in the warmth of the Turkish steam bath. The wellness and sauna offers are a treat for body and mind. Leave your everyday life behind. The applications are carried out by trained wellness specialists. No matter what you choose, one thing is guaranteed: Absolute relaxation!