We visited Luneburg today and the weather was really kind to us. It was mainly a day of shopping and drinking coffee so we only have a few pictures of the day.
The town of Luneburg used to be the wealthiest in Germany, due to the surrounding salt mines that created jobs for 2,000 people (as per the Dorling Kindersley guide book, traveldk.com).
Most interesting to us though is that to the south of the town lies the large area of heathland that stretches down to the village where my brother and his wife live. The Luneburger Heide is populated by sheep, cows, bees and the occasional wild boar! It used to be dense forest but the trees were felled to support the salt mine industry.
This was the area we cycled through yesterday and it is now a designated nature park, the Naturschutzpark Luneburger Heide. Now, the eagle eyed amongst you will notice the town name should have an umlaut above it – when we find how to insert one, we’ll do it!