The Lüneburg holiday region in north-eastern Lower Saxony is situated in the midst of the diverse natural landscape of the Lüneburg Heath, the Elbtalaue (Elbe valley) and the metropolitan region of Hamburg. The surrounding countryside is rich in contrasts and is characterised by heathland, geest and marshland with vast, lush meadows and quiet river courses all the way to the banks of the Elbe, Europe’s last unspoilt river. The area around Lüneburg has an abundance of sights, idyllic landscapes and an attractive range of recreational opportunities: endless cycle paths and hiking trails, romantic farms typical of Lower Saxony and exclusive sports such as golf—these can all be found in the area around the salt and Hanseatic town.
Scharnebeck ship lift
Yet another attraction is the Schiffshebewerk Lüneburg (Scharnebeck ship lift), one of the largest double counterweight lifts that can lift modern cargo ships a height of 38 metres. The then largest ship lift in the world was built between 1969 and 1975, and has been a technical spectacle ever since, watched by a large number of visitors every year. It lasts 20 minutes.
Trip to Hamburg
Discover the entire metropolitan region of Hamburg by bus and train (HVV) and save money at the more than 150 tourist attractions! This discovery ticket starts at €21.50: travel comfortably, flexibly and inexpensively with Lüneburg as your base. Just hop on board!
Further information about the Hamburg CARD plus Region is available at the Lüneburg Tourist Information Office, where you can also purchase it and obtain a timetable for all the relevant routes.