Deutsche UNESCO Kommission e.V.

The Elbe River Landscape

A largely natural landscape with vast flood plains extends along the Elbe across five federal states between Wittenberg, the town of Luther, and Geesthacht. The biosphere reserve is a unique natural and cultural landscape with several world heritage sites, sand dunes, flooded grasslands and the largest contiguous alluvial forests of Central Europe. After being close to extinction in the 1950s, large numbers of the Elbe beaver can once again be found here, as well as otters, storks, swans and geese.

To protect people from floods, the largest project in Europe for relocating a dike has been implemented at Lenzen. Other projects focus on the restoration of backwater lakes, beaver and willow management and floodplain forest development. The biosphere reserve has successfully contributed to balancing nature conservation and shipping on the Elbe and solving conflicts between migratory birds and farmers.

The meadow of Pevestorf (Photo by the BR) The Elbe River (Photo by the BR) The municipality of Hitzacker (Photo by the BR)


The biosphere reserve has a lot to offer for visitors as well: It comprises the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, a cultural landscape designated as World Heritage, and several Natura 2000 habitats. A popular cycle path stretches along the Elbe, lined by tourist attractions such as the stork village Rühstädt.

Websites (in English) :
www.river-elbe-biosphere.niedersachsen.de/portal/live.php?navigation_id=9876&_psmand=32
www.mugv.brandenburg.de/cms/detail.php/bb1.c.224990.de
www.mittelelbe.com/mittelelbe/front_content.php?idcat=1&changelang=3
only in German: www.elbetal-mv.de