Biosphere reserve Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg
Fog wafts over the land and bathes the awakening landscape in a mystical light. The Elbe, Germany's third most biggest river, passes through the countryside in wide meanders.
The biosphere reserve Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg is part of the global network of over 600 biosphere reserves. They present model regions in terms of sustainable development in the areas of agriculture, forestry, regional development and tourism. With the help of local people, the cultural landscape is protected and developed. The Prignitz has been first populated by settlers between 6000 – 2000 B.C. By the year 1330, the Elbe has been diked and the towns Wittenberge, Perleberg and Putlitz were founded.
The Brandenburgian part of the biosphere reserve spans the area between Dömitz and the border of Saxony-Anhalt, and is about 74 (river) kilometres long. This cultural landscape offers a mosaic of various habitats that are home to several different animals and plants. Especially important are the big river itself as well as its countless tributary rivers, riparian forests, brackish waters, seeps, flood channels, and pastures. In the near-natural flood plains of the Elbe rare birds feel especially comfortable. Guests can observe black storks, white-tailed eagles, cranes, and white storks. The wetlands offer the white stork the best living conditions which lead to Rühstädt attaining the status of European Stork Village.