Kyritz-Ruppin heath

Visiting the Kyritz-Ruppin heath during its bloom in August and September feels like a bath in a honey pot. The purple-coloured sea of blossoms with the characteristic hum of the bees surrounds you wholly.

The Kyritz-Ruppin heath is one of the biggest interconnected heath areas in Europe. It was used as a bomb release area by Russian troops until 1993. After they left, Germany took over the space for its own military practices until countless protests lead the German military to abandon the area in 2009.

Sielmann-Hügel mit Aussichtsturm in der Kyritz-Ruppiner HeideFoto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Steffen Lehmann

Today the area is characterized by the heath which is interspersed with pines and birch trees. Grasses, moss and lichens have the best living conditions here. Additionally, the heath is home to countless endangered and protected animal species: over 70 different kinds of birds live there such as the hoopoe and the white-tailed eagle. The wolf is endemic to the heath as well since 2008. Therefore, the heath is not only worth a visit in August and September considering its serenity, vast and natural diversity awe during other seasons, too.

Die Heide im SonnenlichtFoto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Steffen Lehmann

If you don't want to explore the heath by yourself, you can turn to the certified nature guides who offer a variety of options. Guided tours through the heath area as well as star gazing nights take place all through August and September. However, the guides are open for individual requests all year round.

Find more information on the heath on the website of the Heinz Sielmann foundation: