The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Elbe River Landscape Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Elbe River Landscape near Boizenburg (S. Teuber)

The river Elbe is the third-largest river of Central Europe. Its flood plains and numerous tributaries are home to many particular plants and animal species. Acknowledged part of a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO in 1979, it was extended to become the Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve in 1997. Today it is the largest inland, transnational Biosphere Reserve in Germany and one of the last natural river landscapes in Central Europe.
The part in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania encloses 460 square kilometers. It ranges over a length of about 65 km: From Boizenburg in the north, down to the town Dömitz in the south.
Visitors can experience extended walking tours to inland dunes, cycling tours through polders and on dikes as well as excursions by ship on the river Elbe. The indicated cycling routes, adding up to 265 km, present the opportunity to spend holidays from spring to autumn in close connection with nature. Even the time from October to March is full of attractions in the Elbe riverside landscape and in the surrounding area: flooded riverside regions, sunsets on the river, ice floes being carried on the river or resting bird flocks captivate you.

Data and facts

Inland dunes at Klein Schmölen

Location: Central part of river Elbe between Boizenburg and Dömitz in Mecklenburg-Western-Pomerania

Area: 460 sqkm

Altitude: 6 m to 87 m

Establishment: 1998 as Nature Park,
2015 as Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Type of landscape: Enlarged river flood-plains with tributaries, wetlands, river embankments, inland dunes

Information centre and outdoorexhibition

Information centre with modern exhibition (ZEUGHAUS)
Auf der Festung 3
19303 Dömitz
Fon: +49 (0) 38851 302-0

Outdoorexhibition EinFlussReich
Elbberg 8-9
19258 Boizenburg
Fon: +49 (0) 38851 302-0

Outdoorexhibition EinFlussReich in Boizenburg


Accommodations with regional label „Partner Biosphärenreservat Flusslandschaft Elbe“

The regional label „Partner Biosphärenreservat Flusslandschaft Elbe“

Simple show of Biosphere Reserves

Link öffnet simpleshow Biosphere Reserves in Germany

Biosphere Reserve Information

Biosphärenreservatsamt Schaalsee-Elbe
Wittenburger Chaussee 13
19246 Zarrentin
Fon: +49 (0) 38851 302-0
Email: poststelle[at]