Lower Saxony — Discover The Diversity Of Natural Heritage

Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), the second largest German state (by area), is located in north-western Germany.

It has an area of 47,624 sq-km and a population of about eight million.

Lower Saxony shares border with the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The state's principal cities include Hanover, Braunschweig, Osnabrück, Oldenburg, and Göttingen.

The north-western part of Lower Saxony is known as Ostfriesland (East Frisia) and includes seven islands. There are two mountain ranges in the southern territory — the Weserbergland ("Weser Hilly Region") and the Harz.

The Elbe river demarcates Lower Saxony from Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg.

Lower Saxony consists off 38 districts. The state is named after the Saxons and was founded in 1946 by the British.

Huge Hildesheim Church in Lower Saxony [Photo: Longbow4u]
Hildesheim Church

The state has twelve Nature Parks. Lower Saxony's two National Parks are worth visiting for all travelers.

The Wattenmeer National Park is the home of seals, shrimps and rare birds. The Harz National Park is completely different with mountain ranges, woods and vast lakes.

The farms houses offer natural country life at reasonable prices. There are over 400 farm houses catering if you are seeking rest and relaxation. Tourists can enjoy the seaside or a mountainside, as well as traditional cultural customs in its smaller towns.

Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony, is a major center of northern Germany. Hannover is also known for its international airport and its large zoo. Kröpcke, central place of Hanover, is known for its Kröpcke clock. It is a 1977 replica of an 1885 clock.

The Leine Castle, former palace of Hanoverian kings, is also a popular tourist attraction. It was built in the 12th century. It has a huge column porch with six corinthian columns centrally placed in it.

There is no end of cultural experiences in Lower Saxony. There are abundant picturesque mills, stimulating museums, grand castles and the buildings of the Weser Renaissance. The state also offers a lot of art venues and galleries.

In the "Erlebniswelt Renaissance" theme park, you will find out about life during the Weser Renaissance epoch.

Lower Saxony still has around 800 watermills. The largest inland water-body is Steinhuder Lake. The Elbe, Weser and Ems rivers are the other popular navigable waterways.

Lower Saxony is well equipped with transportation facilities. Hannover central station (Hauptbahnhof), is a place of critical importance in the high speed train network. Hanover-Würzburg high-speed rail line starts from there and brings you to that city in no time.

Now, as with the other states, would you do me a favor, please? Once you've been to this state, would you please go ahead and tell me your own, unique Lower Saxony experiences? That would be great.

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