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UNEXPECTED - curious sights on Lüneburg Heath

You won't cease to be mesmerised

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Did you think you knew everything about Lüneburg Heath? All the heathland,
all the romantic towns? Then pay attention! We have put together for you the
curious sights of Lüneburg Heath.

When the bison goes with the llama
and ginseng

The Bison is a very typical animal in
Lüneburg Heath; at least in Essel, in the south. There is a whole bison herd in a pasture. You can
see these mighty animals up close behind a secure fence. And of course, every visitor
gets a Wild West feeling right away.

Walking with llamas promotes deference
and respect, says pedagogue Werner Schröder, who several times a month takes visitors
on the walk with llamas. Or you can go across the countryside with alpacas from Lüneburg. Do they really spit?

The Ginseng Gardens at Flora Farm
in Walsrode is the only place in Europe where Korean ginseng has been grown
for more than 30 years. This medicinal plant used to be reserved only for kings;
now you can go on ginseng tours and buy ginseng locally.

The bell tree and colourful potatoes. It is going to be hot.

Iserhatsche - that's the mad one.
So says the founder himself, the crazy visionary Uwe Schulz-Ebschbach, who has
created a refuge of madness in Bispingen with his Iserhatsche. An artificial
mountain, an ark, a bell-tree, its own volcano and a collection of hearses.
Yes, Iserhatsche is bizarre,
but really worth seeing.

The heather potato is well-known,
but now you will be amazed. In Lüneburg Heath, there are also colourful potatoes. Purple, rose,
pink, blue. These are the old varieties that organic farmer Karsten Ellenberg has cultivated
again. And let's be honest: a colourful potato salad looks much better.

Another regional product is chilli,
which is also grown in Lüneburg Heath. At the Chilli Factory in Soltau you
can buy chilli products that are hand-processed.

Stoppomats for tanks at the station?

What on earth is a Stoppomat? Road cyclists may
know. The Stoppomat is a timepiece that records the departure time and arrival
time of a cycling race. In Suderburg, there is the first Stoppomat circuit in northern

The most beautiful railway station in
the world
is in Uelzen. Friedensreich Hundertwasser has embellished it and
made it the most special train station in the world. Today, the station is a
magnet for visitors from all over the world.

There is a special playground for
big boys in Munster – the German Tank
. Crammed with tanks and armoured vehicles, it makes every former soldier's
heart jump a bit.

Upside down with a leaning tower and the water miracle with
the donkey

The craziest photos in Lüneburg
Heath are taken at the Crazy House
in Bispingen. That’s because everything here is upside down. The house, the
equipment, the toilets. You can walk through the House and the illusion will
make you feel upside down. The selfies are unique.

It is not only Pisa that has a
leaning tower – Lüneburg has one too. A leaning church tower. And all the
visitors like to hear story of the builder, who jumped out of the window in
shame, was saved, and then broke his neck while celebrating in the pub.

In Undeloh, the heart of Lüneburg
Heath, there is a small lake that has seen a wonder since 1965. Through its
water level, the "Hungerpohl"
prophesied whether dry or rainy times were pending. For rainy times, the pond
dried up; in dry times it overflowed and its water ran through Undeloh. To this day, this
natural phenomenon is inexplicable. Hanseatic merchants from Hamburg, Lüneburg,
and Lübeck calculated their grain prices according to the water level.

Thanks to a donkey, Lüne Abbey in Lüneburg is where
it is today. And the donkey also saved all the Benedictine nuns from
starvation. A great story about the donkey, which is remembered is a painting on
glass on a window in the cloister.