Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve

The Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve north-east of Berlin features an impressive cultural landscape with about 240 lakes, thousands of moors and extensive meadows and fields. Generations of humans have left their mark on the diverse landscapes.

This is one of worldwide 669 UNESCO model regions where, according to the UNESCO ‘Man and biosphere’ (MAB) programme, human presence and activities in harmony with nature are to contribute to protecting and sustainably further developing the historical cultural landscape.

The biosphere reserve was created in 1990 and is one of the largest protected areas in Germany with 129,161 hectare (ca. 319,156 acres). It is a paradise for hikers. Extensive and interconnected circular walks lead through forests, past lakes and moors and many lakes provide perfect bathing conditions with their crystal-clear water.

Historical settlements and buildings are silent witnesses of the history of Schorfheide. The traditional Chorin Summer of Music in the restored monastery ruins attracts hundreds of thousands of music enthusiasts each year.

The quiet, sparsely populated countryside provides a habitat for many animal and plant species that are threatened by extinction. The near-natural forests are breeding grounds for white-tailed eagles, ospreys, lesser spotted eagles, cranes and black storks. Beavers and Eurasian otters can be found throughout the entire reserve.

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