Kuhz an der Knatter I Uckermark

The Uckermark is a heavily forested lake region situated between the Havel River and the lower Oder River Valley. The Uckermark extends along both sides of the Ucker River and includes the lakes fed by it.

The Uckermark was shaped by the last great ice age, which left an extraordinary relief in its wake. The number of different glacial forms in the area is enormous and some of them are exemplary. Glaciers, meltwaters and winds shaped a remarkable landscape in which level sandy drifts, hilly terminal moraines, and lake-dotted ground moraines intermingle. The countryside is particularly attractive, because, for centuries, it has been cultivated, a process that has increased its diversity. Due to the many contrasts in the Uckermark, it is ideal for nature conservation.

The Uckermark has the biggest fen area in northern Germany, the largest continuous inland stretch of rushes and reeds in the entire country, and many parks by landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné. There are also large numbers of rare animals and plants, some of which are endangered. These include the marsh orchid, feather grass, Siberian bellflower, the lesser-spotted eagle, great bittern, crayfish, beaver – visitors can find the latter in the Uckermark Lakes Nature Park. The conservation of this singularly beautiful and diverse habitat is a task demanding persistence and courage, foresight and a readiness for compromises.

Opened in northern Brandenburg on May 3, 1997, Uckermark Lakes Nature Park (895 km2) is one of the most diversified landscapes in Central Europe. Its opening turned the Uckermark into the district with the most protected areas in Germany. Its others include Lower Oder Valley National Park (107 km2) and the UNESCO Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve (1,291 km2).

Emblem: the Osprey 

Bordering on Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Nature Park is a diversified hilly landscape with approximately 230 lakes of more than one hectare. Over one thousand different kinds of plants have been registered there. Otters and beavers thrive within its boundaries. The osprey, which is on the park’s emblem, has its main breeding grounds there.

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