A place with heart and soul

UNESCO Biosphere Reservation Lake Schaalsee

The UNESCO Biosphere Reservation Lake Schaalsee is the doorstep to the western part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Even though we prefer not to flog the expression "unique" to death - in this case there is no alternative: The countryside which used to be part of the former border between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic is in fact ecologically unique.

From no man's land to nature's reign

Fauna and Flora were able to develop with far less interruption than elsewhere, due to the repose caused by the former border fortifications. Wide patches of reeds, bogs, forests, wet areas and alder marshes have become biotopes for rare plants and animals. The otter is just as much at home in this region as is the endangered sea eagle. A paradise for individualists, who cherish nature's idyll.

A place for individual travel

Lean back and relax. You won't find any big hotels here, nor will you find places crowded. Friendly landlords and landladies offer comfortable and individual accommodation.


Informationszentrum für das UNESCO-Biosphärenreservat Flusslandschaft Elbe-MV

+49 385 58863100


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What is an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve? - Living and working in harmony with nature

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are specially protected landscapes. There are only 15 biosphere reserves in Germany. They are much more than "just" nature reserves. There are also model regions where humans and nature are supposed to develop in harmony. Besides protecting rare animals and plants and their habitats in the core zones and the peaceful cultural landscape, it is mainly the people living in the biosphere reserves that leave behind a lasting impression. Teaching people about nature, letting them experience nature, creativity and sustainable (rural) economies are of great importance in the two biosphere reserves in Westmecklenburg. Individualists, artists, independent travellers and nature lovers are attracted to these regions.

Contact: Administrative Bureau for the Biosphere Reserves Schaalsee and Elbe (German)
  • TMV Kirchgessner
    Ranger am Schaalsee bei Zarrentin
    TMV Kirchgessner
  • (c) TV Mecklenburg-Schwerin e.V.
    Blick auf den Schaalsee
    (c) TV Mecklenburg-Schwerin e.V.
  • Foto: Thomas Roetting
    Ranger im UNESCO Biosphärenreservat Schaalsee
    Foto: Thomas Roetting
  • Foto: Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin
    Biobauernhof "Eschenhof"
    Foto: Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin