Famous hill with marvellous views
Wilseder Berg is 169.2 m high and so it is the highest elevation of the North German Plain. It belongs to the best-known areas of the Lüneburg Heath and was one of the first estates of today’s Nature Reserve to be purchased for the Verein Naturschutzpark e.V. (VNP) by the renowned Heath Pastor Wilhelm Bode from Egestorf in the year 1910.
Views as far as Hamburg
Wilseder Berg lies in the centre of the Nature Reserve Lüneburg Heath. On a clear day you have spectacular views from here over the vast heathlands and can see the towers of Lüneburg and Hamburg. The conservation of the Heath began here and in the nearby Totengrund. The »Wilseder Berg Massif« is the water divide between the rivers Elbe, Weser and Aller.
Significant place of the Lüneburg Heath
Wilseder Berg belongs to the best-known areas of the Lüneburg Heath. It was one of the first estates of today’s Nature Reserve to be purchased for the Verein Naturschutzpark e.V. (VNP) by the renowned Heath Pastor Wilhelm Bode from Egestorf in the year 1910. At that time up to 10,000 people visited the Wilseder Berg on Sundays. A lot of people had discovered the beauty and the charm of this landscape and the Wilseder Berg was one of the highest and most beautiful places in the surrounding of the Hansa City of Hamburg.
Saved from destruction
Businessmen from Hamburg wanted to build weekend cottages on the Wilseder Berg. This would have ruined this unique area. Pastor Bode recognized the danger in time just as he had done before purchasing the Totengrund. After long negotiations he managed to purchase the Wilseder Berg and thus succeeded in saving it from real estate speculation and construction work. After the purchase of the Totengrund, it was the second time an important area had been saved by a private initiative.
Commitment of the Verein Naturschutzpark e.V. (VNP)
In the 100 years of its existence the VNP has always made an effort to achieve nature conservation on its own land. That is the only way to ensure that no conflict between conservation and economic interests arises. The VNP has provided large sums for purchasing and preserving endangered areas.
Please help with a donation
With the support of members, sponsors and the public sector, the VNP is now the proprietor of almost 8,200 hectares of heathland, marshland, forests, fields and grassland. Aim and task of the VNP is the protection of this unique man-made landscape by cultivation and preservation. Help the VNP as a member or donator so that all necessary steps can be taken to preserve the Nature Reserve Lüneburg Heath in its diversity for coming generations. Thank you!