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Federal states of Germany

Germany's 16 states: Lower Saxony

This northern German state numbers among the top holiday destinations in Germany – not least because of its mountain regions and the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany is the second-largest German state in surface area after Bavaria. Its natural areas are as rich in variety as its size Is large: from the mountain paradise of the Harz region to the gentle hills in the Weser Uplands and the Osnabrück Land, to the northern German lowlands, with Lüneburg Heath and the North Sea coast, off which lie the East Frisian islands.

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Travel tips for Lower Saxony

UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea

If you are looking for sweeping expanses, wind and ocean waves, the seven islands in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park are the right place for you. The first German North Sea spa opened as early as 1797 on the second largest, Norderney. Today, the island attracts not only bathers, but also many nature lovers. Check-in travel magazine presenter Lukas Stege has tips on land and water.

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A day on Norderney

State capital Hanover

The trade fair city of Hannover is also the largest city in Lower Saxony. Among the sights in this once fortified city and royal seat is Hanover's Adventure Zoo, which is considered one of Germany's most beautiful zoos. Nicole Frölich, who hosts our TV show Check-in, even got a kiss from an animal there. 

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Travel tips for Hanover

Green pleasure: the Herrenhausen Gardens

The Great Garden dates back to the time when Hanover was the royal capital. It is the 50 hectare heart of the Herrenhausen Gardens and a living testimony to baroque garden splendor with an 80 meter high water fountain.

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A natural jewel - The Herrenhausen Gardens

Cycling in the Weser Uplands

A hilly landscape, tranquil half-timbered towns and the River Weser distinguish the Weserbergland  in the south of the federal state. A number of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm are said to have their origins here - places like the Cinderella Castle in Polle or the Pied Piper town of Hameln are a reminder of this.

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The Weserbergland Region - from Höxter to Hamlin

Hämelschenburg Castle

The strongly structured facades and curved gables make this moated castle a major work of the Weser Renaissance. A style that spread along the Weser between 1520 and 1620 as a North German variant of the Italian Renaissance and still dominates the architecture of the river today.

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#DailyDrone: Hämelschenburg Castle

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