Top 10 Things to do in Lower Saxony, Germany

April 3, 2018 Major Galusha

Lower Saxony (German: Niedersachsen [ˈniːdɐzaksn̩], Low German: Neddersassen) is a German state (Land) situated in northwestern Germany. It is the second largest state by land area, with 47,624 square kilometres (18,388 sq mi), and fourth largest in population (7.9 million) among the sixteen Länder federated as the Federal Republic of Germany. In rural areas Northern Low Saxon, a dialect of Low German, and Saterland Frisian, a variety of the Frisian language, are still spoken, but the number of speakers is declining.

1. Deutsches Panzermuseum

Hans-Kruger-Strasse 33, 29633 Munster, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 5192 2552
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

Deutsches Panzermuseum

Reviewed By sir_meeshoo - Gdynia, Poland

Majority of hyped German WWII vehicles were there (WWII focus is rather clear, but you have examples of more modern tanks and APCs there). I guess you have to know your staff when you enter, as English descriptions would be insufficient for someone who is an absolute beginner to the subject. You can climb inside a single tank. I guess a more interactive profile would engage you more, as we were surprised we completed the tour in about an hour, not counting in a coffee.

Fritz Behrens Allee, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Eilenriede

Reviewed By Inkomo - Hannover, Germany

Nice city forest for running, cycling or taking your dog for a walk. I prefer the part behind the zoo because it is the most " wild" bit without all the logging going on in the more popular parts.

3. Weltvogelpark Walsrode

Am Vogelpark 2, 29664 Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 5161 60440
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4.5 based on 259 reviews

Weltvogelpark Walsrode

Reviewed By he-H767 - Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany

We went there for a day and it still seems to be too short. Fascinating birds, from allover the world, for Europe some exist only here, some have to be grown the first time here... and, of course, not to forget about the amazing show with parrots, condor etc. At some places, serious hints to the environment are made, but typically in a proper framing so that you can enjoy while thinking. The overall park is very nice. The food could be a bit more special, but this is from our point of view here only a minor issue.

4. Bergen-Belsen Memorial

Stiftung niedersachsische Gedenkstatten | Lohheide, 29303 Bergen, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 5051 47590
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4.5 based on 224 reviews

Bergen-Belsen Memorial

Reviewed By Slightly_Wst_of_Sane - The Catlins, New Zealand

Right wing political parties are rising in popularity, conspiracy theories including Holocaust denial are fashionable online. We need to protect and remember these sights of inhumanity to help prevent a repeat. The memorial museum is superbly presented.
Lots of people claim that at these sights "no birds will sing" and "no animals will enter" this is of course complete rubbish. Animals do not care that 80 odd years ago some inhumane humans tortured, starved, shot, neglected, and/or worked to death approx 100,000 other humans here. We arrived just after a thunder storm, the birds were singing loudly including a cuckoo and we saw a beautiful wild red deer hind walk right through the middle of the camp...

5. St. Michaelis

Michaelisplatz 1, 31134 Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 5121 34410
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4.5 based on 133 reviews

St. Michaelis

Reviewed By ReniK-S - Gdynia, Poland

Wonderful example of an early-romanesque church. A must-see for all architecture and medieval times lovers. From the church you can take a walk to several other medieval churches situated closer to the city centre - it is called the Rose Route, just follow the line on the ground.

6. Oldenburger Schlossgarten

Schlosswall, 26122 Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Oldenburger Schlossgarten

While the sturdy fortifications of the city previously did not permit the creation of state Gardens in Oldenburg, at the beginning of the 19th century Duke Peter Friedrich Ludwig started creating grand palace Gardens close to the historical walls and the ducal residence. Designed in keeping with the natural English style, the palace Gardens, which extend over 16 hectares, have retained their picturesque atmosphere with natural planting and winding watercourses and paths. Garden and nature enthusiasts are especially in their element when the rhododendrons, which are typical for this region, are in bloom, and Oldenburg boasts the oldest rhododendrons of their kind in Germany.

Reviewed By Bernd R - Oldenburg, Germany

the oldenburger Schlossgarten is in the middle of the city - just a few meters away from the big walking zone in the inner city. you can walk through, relax and enjoy the plants and flowers there. they have a nice flower house for all the exotic flowers and a small lake to watch different birds there on the water, this Schlossgarten is not too big - but very beautyfull - enjoy it ... :-)

Strand, 26548 Norderney, Lower Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Strandpromenade Norderney

Reviewed By SGECHAMPION - Washington DC, District of Columbia

One of the great pleasures in Norderney is to walk or ride a bike along the sea wall above the Beaches. It is very wide, so even though there are many people doing the same, it never feels packed. The more you walk or ride to the east, the nicer the Beaches get. We would recomment Nordstrand, which is the furthest from town and backed by nice dunes.
By the way, sunsets are just beautiful there as well. It's particularly packed near a bar (I think it's called "Milchbar"), but any place along the Promenade offers great views.

8. Historisches Lueneburger Rathaus

Am Ochsenmarkt 1, 21335, Luneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 4131 2076620
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Historisches Lueneburger Rathaus

Reviewed By Roberts69 - Northampton, United Kingdom

Whilst in Luneburg on a business trip I was fortunate to get to see the 'Rathaus' (town hall) both by night and by day and even though I didn't get chance to go inside it is a very attractive building indeed and one that is a must to witness. When I visited it on a Wednesday morning at about 9am there was a market in full swing that was selling some superb fresh produce.

Langeoog, Langeoog, Lower Saxony, Germany
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

Langeoog

Reviewed By ChristophStempel - Reinbek, Germany

Langeoog is one of the seven East-Frisian Islands. It offers a car-free, relaxing and informal environment, 9 miles of unspoiled natural sandy beach, a nice little town and just enough activities to be not boring at all. You will have to take the ferry from the tiny Mainland port of Bensersiel. The passage is sheltered and the ferry is very sturdy, so don't be afraid of sea-sickness. The ferry ticket includes the train ride from the harbour to the little town, where you will claim your checked-in baggage (or hire a porter to take care of the baggage), if you are going to stay for a longer holiday. There are horse-drawn coaches waiting at the station to get you to your accomodation or you can just walk.
Everything is in easy walking distance.
The only cars in the island are small electric Delivery vans. Everybody moves around on bicycles, which can be hired locally.
There is an abundance of nature. Take long walks along the beach or in the dunes. Destinations include the "Meierei", a small and very basic inn at the eastern end of the island, the "Strandhalle" restaurant with panoramic views of the North Sea, the lifeboat-lookout the "Dünenfriedhof" (scenic cemetery with the grave of Lale Andersen, singer of "Lili Marleen" - fame) or the harbour with its small marina and café. There is also an indoor swimming-pool, sporting activities on the beach and, if you are not afraid of water temperatures around 20°C you can take a refreshing bath in the North Sea (always during the times, when the tide is rising as there is a strong outward current otherwise. Only use the supervised sections along the beach).
Accomodation is mostly in self-catering appartments or cottages. There are a couple of Hotels as well. Lots of restaurants and pubs, a small cinema but no really exciting night-life. It is mainly a place for families with children or older people.
Not to be missed are the Concerts of the Langeoog Shanty choir "De Flinthörners" which take place frequently during the summer.
The island is a charming place even outside the summer season, but might be a little austere in November, January and February, when the islanders themselves prefer to go warmer places on their holidays.
Despite catering for families with children, this is not a cheap place. be prepared to spend quite some money. There is no real competition between local shops and restaurants and prices are according.

10. Deutsches Marinemuseum

Suedstrand 125, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany +49 4421 400840
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4.5 based on 245 reviews

Deutsches Marinemuseum

Reviewed By RonTSmithers_B_C_ - Smithers, B.C.

There are 2 parts to this museum: an indoor educational presentation and an outdoor collection of exhibits, including warships and a submarine one can walk and clamber through. The museum presentation was interesting because it explained why Germany (since its creation in 1870) and the pre-1870 German states were so slow to acquire a navy. I sad exhibit is a 1944 era midget submarine - these were a last ditch attempt to hold off Allied navies and many simply disappeared - as this one had, until it was rediscovered, raised and put in the museum.

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