Without us, the Lueneburg Heath Nature Reserve would not have come into being.

For more than 100 years, the Verein Naturschutzpark e.V. and its VNP Stiftung have been committed to the conservation and development of the heath landscape. Learn more about us and our work!

The Lueneburg Heath Nature Reserve

Heather blossoming: heather landscape with bench | Photo: VNP Stiftung Naturschutzpark Lüneburger Heide

The heath areas around the Wilseder Berg are among the largest contiguous heaths in the north-western European Geest and belong to the 234 km2 Lueneburg Heath Nature Reserve. Founded in 1922, it is now one of the oldest nature reserves in Germany and is part of the European NATURA 2000 system of protected areas.


We have compiled photos of typical plants of the heath areas, the nutrient-poor grasslands, the heath and raised bogs, the fields and the pond bottoms.

Close-up of flowering heather (Calluna vulgaris) | Verein Naturschutzpark
Flowering heather
(Calluna vulgaris)

Mating black grouse | Photo: Gurtmann
Mating black grouse


Discover animal species of the heath, the sparse forest edges, the meadows and the streams as well as the ponds and bogs.


Three institutions come together under the abbreviation VNP: the Verein Naturschutzpark e.V., the Stiftung Naturschutzpark Lüneburger Heide and the VNP Naturpark GmbH.

Our work

Heath management

Heathland must be permanently maintained, otherwise it will disappear.


Landscape management according to Bioland guidelines on our Tütsberg Farm

Forest ecology

We work according to the motto “nature conservation through use”.

Environmental education

Offers for school classes and day-care groups spark interest in nature.


Our work also includes the protection and preservation of historic buildings such as sheep sheds and bee enclosures.

Adventures by the red sea
(right on your doorstep)

Learn more about the history of the Lüneburg Heath and the special characteristics of this protected cultural landscape during a visit to our houses. And don’t miss our regional specialities!

Our tips for the whole family – why not visit

Frequently asked questions

Here you will find our answers to frequently asked questions
about the VNP and the Lueneburg Heath Nature Reserve.

When does the heath blossom?

As a rule of thumb, the heath blooms every year from 8th August to 9th September. Depending on the weather, the main flowering period can also shift slightly.

Heather blossoming in the Lueneburg Heath nature reserve | VNP Stiftung
Heather blossoming in the Lueneburg Heath nature reserve

Discover more frequently asked questions

Donate & Help

The Verein Naturschutzpark e.V. was founded on the initiative of a group of dedicated people. Even after more than 100 years of tradition, the fate of the conservation and protection of the heath is based on the members of the association and numerous supporters and sponsors. Please help us!

Become a member

Members of the Verein Naturschutzpark e.V. enjoy many benefits. With their membership fees and donations the help to preserve this unique landscape.


Help to safeguard and develop our cultural landscape and natural areas for future generations!

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VNP Hotels Landhaus Haverbeckhof und Hof Tütsberg | Fotos: Christian Burmester und Markus Tiemann