On the south-eastern edge of Lower Saxony, the forested Helmstedt District is stuck between great cities and great mountains. It has Brunswick and Wolfsburg to the north and the busy Harz Mountains to the south. Its eastern border is with Saxony-Anhalt and the city of Magdeburg.
Helmstedt District Map
Towns & Villages in the Helmstedt District
- Groß Twülpstedt
The capital city of Helmstedt has a successful university and historic buildings, including “CheckPoint Alpha.” This was one of the few gateways between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic when the country was still divided.
Mining has shaped the landscape in the Helmstedt District, and many open cast mines have been filled with water creating many peaceful environments for walking and relaxing. Others have yielded historic finds including the worlds oldest preserved wooden artifacts — 7 paleolithic spears — from a mine near Schöningen.
Sitting on the low Elm hill range, it covers an large protected area of triassic limestone, the landscape riddled with clear streams and rivers. The region is also carpeted by the extensive beechwood Naturpark Elm-Lappwald, so is certainly a place for enjoying the fresh mountain air!