If you ever travel to Lüneburg (near Hamburg, Germany) you should take into consideration to visit the Lüneburg Heath and with that also the Pietzmoor. The Pietzmoor – “Pietz marshland” – is located on the southern of the Lüneburg Heath Nature Reserve and has an area of around 2.5 km2.
Named after the little village of Pietz, this marshland used to provide the inhabitants of the surrounding with peat (a fossil fuel) for a long time.
So, after being used for many centuries, it nearly died out. But, thanks to successful land restoration this landscape started to grow again. Now, it’s a tourist attraction of the Lüneburg Heath Nature Reserve and frequently visited – especially in summer.
It is said, that the maximum peat depth of this marshland is 7.5m and that the Pietzmoor is nearly 8,000 years old.
There are two board walks (4.8 km and 6.6 km long) which lead you through the marshy terrain. Be aware that there are no shortcuts on the path – it’s a circuit which leads you around the marshland. There are just a few benches on your way and the board walks have an approximately width of 1m. Keep also in mind, the path is just for walking not for biking. 😉
You will find a lot of interesting animals – like this tiny lizard – or moor frogs, all kinds of insects and some specific birds (e.g. short-eared owl).
And for the plant lovers out there: different species of sedge, sphagnum, cottongrass or sundew can be found.
All in all, it was quite interesting to see such a landscape and learn more about the natural forming of peat.
For more information, click here to get to the tourist information website.