As recently as the 19th Century, wide swaths of northern Germany were covered by heaths (moors). The only remaining one is the “Lüneburger Heide” in the northern part of Lower Saxony, named after the city of Lüneburg. Numerous films, songs, poems, and portraits are devoted to this “dreamy” heath, in whose exquisite beauty time seems to stand still. It originated through the cutting of the forests and overgrazing of the sandy and unproductive soil. Even today the charachteristic “Heidschnucken Sheep” can be observed grazing.
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