Points of Interest on the Green Belt

Border experience Stresow and the Schnackenburg border land museum
Close to the town of Schnackenburg an der Elbe, with its timber-framed buildings, is the commemorative site of Stresow. Where the village of Stresow once lay, there is today a memorial and commemorative site to remind people of the fate of the former border village, which was evacuated by force when Germany was divided, and its houses pulled down. The memorial site shows and explains a typical section of the former border fortifications. Via the Stresow border path and nature trail, which runs from here on the former border patrol path, the visitor can also explore this unique natural experience on the Green Belt by cycle: An observation platform offers an inviting view across polder areas and extensive wet meadows in the Aland lowland, where thousands of migrating birds spend the winter season. The journey continues along the former border patrol path, lined with sandy dry grassland and dunes as an ideal habitat for lizards, thermophilic insects and woodlarks. The border experience path takes you as far as the border area museum Schnackenburg an der Elbe.

Grenzlandmuseum Schnackenburg
Am Markt
29493 Schnackenburg, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)5840 210

Biosphärenreservat Mittelelbe Außenstelle Arneburg
(Biosphere Reserve Mittelelbe, Arneburg office)
Breite Straße 15
39596 Arneburg, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)3 93 21 - 5 18 24
Fax: +49 (0)3 93 21 - 5 18 16


Historical border circular tour in the Amt Neuhaus
In Amt Neuhaus (in the former GDR) which today is part of Lower Saxony, the visitor can experience recent German history at first hand on the historic circular border route. Between the Elbe villages in Amt Neuhaus, the border fence ran directly along the Elbe dam, just a few metres from the farmhouses. This meant that the fence blocked the villagers' view of the Elbe. The historical circular border path connects two still existing watchtowers, and remains of the border fence are exposed in the fields. Part of the circular route is dedicated to two exhibitions on the subject of 'Forced Resettlement' and 'Life in the Restricted Area'. The St. Lukas chapel is situated on part of the circular route, which is thought to be the only new church building in the restricted border zone of the GDR. In the forecourt of the building, there is one of the 11 singing bowls which follow the path of the Elbe. The subject of forced resettlement had a special significance for the villagers behind the dyke, because even in Amt Neuhaus, entire villages 'went missing' in the two resettlement campaigns in the 50s and 60s. When the new Elbe dam was being built, the remains of torn down farmyards were found, and a memorial site was created from them.
Various guided tours in the tracks of the former border are offered here.

Tourist Information Amt Neuhaus
Haus des Gastes
Am Markt 5,
19273 Amt Neuhaus, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)38841 - 20747 Fax: +49 (0)8841 - 61156

Biosphärenreservat Niedersächsische Elbtalaue
(Lower Saxony Elbe Floodplain Biosphere Reserve)
Am Markt 1
29456 Hitzacker, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 58 62- 96 73-0
Fax: +49 (0) 58 62- 96 73-20