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Niedersachsen Family Holidays & Breaks

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Overview

Niedersachsen or Lower Saxony is a classical holiday destination for German families whether for sunbathing and suncastle-building on the the North Sea coast or on its tiny cosy islands, a cycling break, or a farmstay in the Lüneburger Heide south of Hamburg. The idyllic region between Hamburg, Hannover and Bremen in particular has a huge number of family attractions: funparks, resorts, bird parks and zoos as well as the German Fairytale Road.

Things to do with kids in Niedersachsen

The highlight is Heide-Park Soltau, the biggest funpark in Northern Germany, with more than 50 rollercoasters, a camp with cottages and a themed hotel. Serengeti Park Hodenhagen is a huge safari park with wild African animals roaming free in a resort. You can drive through by car or coach and pet a giraffe or feed monkeys. Lodges are on offer, too.

A few miles away, Vogelpark Walsrode is considered the largest birdpark of its kind in the world, with more than 4,500 species and a beautiful park landscape.

Other recommended attractions are the Hannover Adventure Zoo, Magic Park Verde, German Fairy-Tale Road, Autostadt Wolfsburg, phæno science center Wolfsburg, Dinosaur Park Münchehagen and Snow Dome Bispingen. Most are between Hamburg, Bremen and Hannover, in the Lüneburger Heide (Lüneburg heathlands).

There are two National Parks in Niedersachsen and more than 10 nature parks. For hiking the Harz Mountains National Park southeast of Hannover is best. Here you can also follow a hiking trail along the former border between Eastern and Western Germany (“Grenzweg”).

On the North Sea coast the Wadden Sea National Park protects the one of a kind biotope consisting of mudflats, islands and a long coastline. Kids like to walk the (indeed rather muddy) mudflats, look for the legendary lugworm and collect shells and stones. The seven islands along the coastline of Niedersachsen are car-free to a large extent and really good places to relax and for holidays with small kids.

Niedersachsen is the land of rivers with many streams, lakes and of course the coast. Try canoeing on one of the rivers, passing quiet forests, watching rare birds and maybe meeting a beaver at work. Suitable small, slow rivers can be found everywhere in Niedersachsen.

Eat

Asparagus (usually the white version), moorland lamb, blue berries, fish and prawns from the coast, and buckwheat pancakes are among typical local offerings. A vast variety of breads, cakes, sausages and potato dishes are available here as they are throughout the country.

When to go to Niedersachsen

Niedersachsen has a mild sea climate, with April to October particularly pleasant.

For winter sports in the Harz Mountains, think Dec–March. New Year is a huge celebration in Germany – consider spending it in one of the romantic towns (Celle, Hamlin or Goslar) or in the capital Hannover to party with locals and send some firecrackers into the sky.

Cost

Niedersachsen offers good value for money but do try avoid travel during the German school summer holidays, when prices are much higher. 

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