Wildlife in the Lüneburg Heath


The Wildpark Lüneburger Heide is one of the two wildlife parks in direct proximity to the Hanseatic city Hamburg and thus one of the excursion destinations of my childhood. It was always the unpopular park, because it lacks a huge playground and free-running pot-bellied pigs. Nowadays, the criteria are a bit different.

The biggest advantage of the park is its reasonably flat terrain, which in contrast to the Wildpark Schwarze Berge  you don’t need to climb down steeper pathways. Depending on the chosen round tour you can spend a two hours and more in the park. You need longer, if you watch all shows and attend the animal feedings. 

The animals shown are limited to a large proportion of native wild animals, as the name of the park suggests. However, there is also a generous tiger and brown bear enclosure, and peacocks run free within the park. In general, the enclosures are very generously designed and well visible through the round tour. The animals are mostly curious and begging for food.

Compared to the other animal parks in the Lüneburg Heath, the Wildpark Lüneburger Heide can only score due to its untouched landscape. However,  a glimpse of the wild life of the Lüneburg Heath does not hurt; neither your wallet, nor the interested animals friend. The offer, outside the numerous animal enclosures, could be higher and more qualitative. Nevertheless, the park is definately worth a visit, if you just have a few hours to spend.