Wilsede – The heath village
In the heart of the nature reserve lies the old heath village of Wilsede. You could be forgiven for thinking that time has stood still here. With its thatched farmhouses, tall oaks and historic cobbled streets, the village gives an impression of how quiet rural life was 150 years ago. A visit to this little village is a “must” for every heath guest.
Nevertheless, we would like to ask you to be considerate: Wilsede is a living village! Many houses are privately owned and are therefore not open to visitors.
Wilsede can only be reached on foot, by bicycle or by horse-drawn carriage. Please park your car in one of the designated parking spaces on the periphery of the nature reserve.
Horse carriages to Wilsede
Private car traffic is not permitted in the nature reserve. You can find operators of horse-drawn carriage rides to Wilsede here.
Houses of the VNP in Wilsede
- Visit the Wilsede Milchhalle and enjoy regional specialities in the local “Heidjer” style.
- Souvenirs and typical heath specialities such as honey and Heidschnucken products are available in our museum shop.
Overnight stays in Wilsede
The “Gasthaus Zum Heidemuseum” is located in the centre of Wilsede.
Heath museum “Dat ole Huus” in Wilsede
The Wilsede heathland museum “Dat ole Huus” is one of the oldest farmhouses in the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve and gives you a true-to-life insight into life and activities on a heath farm around 1850.
There is no chimney in this house. Cooking was done over an open hearth. People and cattle lived under one roof.
On a guided tour of the house, you will learn more about the origin of a number of well-known German sayings.
The entrance fee also includes a visit to the exhibition sheep shed on the Emhoff.
from 25th March 2023:
weekends and holidays 10 am to 4 pm
15th July – 15th October 2023:
daily from 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: 3.00 €
Children up to 16 years: free
Groups of 12 or more: 2.50 €
During the season:
Heath museum Wilsede
Phone: +49 4175 802933
During the off-season:
Phone: +49 5198 982430
Sheep shed at the Emhoff
Sheep have not lived in this shed for a long time. Instead, the VNP has used the building since 2004 as a space for changing exhibitions about the cultural landscape of Lüneburg Heath and its work.
The combined ticket with the Heath museum “Dat ole Huus” is valid for admission.
From the “Treppenspeicher” granary to the “Naturspeicher” (nature granary)
Bright pictures show you the habitat heath moor in our small “Naturspeicher”.
The fascinating diversity of animals and plants that have specialised and adapted to this special habitat is illustrated. Sundew and common snipe invite you to take a closer look and gain more than just the impression that it is “scary to walk across the moor”.
At the same time, you will have the opportunity to take a look inside a historic Treppenspeicher granary and admire the high level of craftsmanship involved in the construction of such a building.
Admission is free!
The project “Naturspeicher Wilsede” was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in 2008.
Guided tours and more…
Why not let a professional guide accompany you to Wilsede? You will learn many interesting facts about the cultural landscape of Lüneburg Heath and get to know paths away from the hustle and bustle.
- Would you like a guided tour of the heath museum “Dat ole Huus”?
- Or a guided tour of the village of Wilsede with its numerous thatched buildings, most of which are listed?
- Would you like to know more about the history of the Totengrund or the Wilseder Berg?
Our trained guides will be happy to help you and show you everything you ever wanted to know about the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve with its many special features!
Tour guide Wiebke Schwandt
Phone: +49 160 93790725
The “Emhoff”, built in 1609 in Emmingen east of Soltau in pure timber construction, was rebuilt in 1964 at the initiative of Alfred Toepfer in Wilsede.
Since then it has been used for events.
It is owned by the VNP, currently leased to the inn “Zum Heidemuseum”.