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A hike in Germany's Luneburg Heath is calming and effortlessly induces mindfulness

Photo Credit: Anita Rao Kashi

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By Team Lounge
Published Aug 27, 2023

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Spread over 1,075 sqkm, Luneburg Heath in Lower Saxony is the largest contiguous heathland in central Europe

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Patches of lush green grass skirt the path beyond which are tall pine trees that tower into the sky

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Photo Credit: Anita Rao Kashi

Much of Luneburg Heath (Luneburger Heide) is shrouded in blissful silence

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The best time to visit is between August and September, when it is carpeted in purple hues

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To help visitors, a network of around 1,000 km of hiking trails, all of them well-marked, crisscross the heath

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Stop for a a meal in Wilsede, an idyllic village only accessible on foot, and feast on dishes made from locally grown vegetables and buckwheat 

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Photo Credit: Anita Rao Kashi

The heath is has one of the largest juniper forests in Germany, from which gin is made

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