You can enjoy a variety of walks in the forest with views over the glacial plains that reach down to the Elbe. In fact there are more than 550 km of hiking trails. You can also enjoy a picnic in the beautiful woodlands as part of your explorations.
The Elb dyke that protects the fertile plains below offers great views of the area from its summit. The landscape is characterized by a distinct difference in height of the wide glacial valley and the Drawehn. In some places this altitude difference is as much as 70 meters which makes for dramatic scenery.
The largest network of trails available is for horse riding. Able to blend in with nature it may be your favorite way of exploring the park. You will need to have some level of riding experience to enjoy the longer trails, though. But even if you are a novice you can do a shorter day trip and will be able to experience the wonders of the forest.
For cyclists there are 966 km of cycling routes within the nature park. You can either join a guided tour or can explore on your own with the help of a map. If setting out on your own, make sure that you are properly equipped. On you explorations you will need to keep an eye out for deer and other local wildlife, but any encounters that you may have are sure to be memorable.
In-line skating is also popular. You can explore the area by following the many bike paths. However, if you prefer the comfort of a vehicle there are also bus tours available. In season there are special lectures given by the park’s officials. Two examples of these relate to the deer rutting season and the varieties of mushroom found in the park.
At the northeastern foothills of the Drawehn is the Archaeological Center in Hitzacker. Opened in 1990, it is an open-air archaeological museum which lies on the shores of Hitzacker Lake. Here an archeological site was discovered with artifacts which dated back to the Neolithic and early Middle Ages.
The museum’s main focus is on the Bronze Age. You can explore a reconstructed pit house and long house and get an insight into how people may have lived and gone about their daily tasks more than 3,000 years ago.
Also nearby is the Elbschloss Bleckede, a magnificent castle that has been turned into an environmental research and exhibition center. Far from the stuffy boring types of museums the Elbschloss has interactive displays for both adults and children that will give you some entertaining insight into the nearby nature reserves and parks.
For a unique cultural experience you can visit the Rundlingsmuseum in the area. An interactive life-size museum, it showcases traditional life going back almost 200 years. There are special interest stations which have demonstrations according to different themes. Festivals and events are held regularly in season and are very entertaining.
You can arrive here by boat, car or bus and it is easily accessible from Hamburg, Hanover or Berlin. As part of the Altmark region, the Drawehn Nature Park is a place where you can spend some time relaxing and simply enjoy nature.