Moin and welcome to Lower Saxony
I grew up in beautiful Lower Saxony. The area, in which 13 nature parks exist, is characterized by the coast, geest, and marshland. 80 percent of the area of the second largest state in Germany consists of agriculture and forests. The two national parks in Lower Saxony are absolute highlights. On the one hand the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea, where you can hike for kilometers into the open sea at low tide. And secondly the Harz, the northernmost low mountain range in Germany. But the Lüneburg Heath is also a dream for nature lovers. Nevertheless, you will also find a large number of Hanseatic cities here. Their old towns offer visitors a wonderful backdrop. So, what are you waiting for? Discover my home now.
Lower Saxony at a glance
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I was already often in Lower Saxony on the road because I grew up there. Accordingly, I have already visited some sights and regions in Lower Saxony. Especially, the Wadden Sea and the Lüneburg Heath have impressed me deeply. But also, the Harz National Park attracts me again and again. In addition, Lower Saxony has many beautiful half-timbered and Hanseatic cities, such as Stade, Celle, Goslar, or Oldenburg. I can highly recommend a visit to Lower Saxony. I, too, will continue my travels to Lower Saxony to explore even more of Germany’s second largest federal state.
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Travel Preparations for Lower Saxony
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The destination is set. You are going to Lower Saxony in Germany. Anticipation is spreading. Who doesn’t love to plan the upcoming trip?! I will help you and give you all the important information and tips for your travel preparation. Have fun planning your trip!
Best Time to Travel
I can’t give you a general answer about the best time to travel to Lower Saxony. Because it depends on what your trip should look like. What do you want to do? To which regions do you want to travel? In general, you can say that the main season lasts from June to August. In the cities, the thermometer can reach values far above 30 degrees in summer, while it is usually a bit cooler in the mountains and on the North Sea coast.
For active vacations and hiking in the Harz Mountains I recommend you to travel between May and October. Especially in autumn the colorful leaves conjure up a great autumn atmosphere. But winter is also suitable, especially for skiing vacations. Hikes in the Lüneburg Heath, on the other hand, are especially worthwhile in August, when the heath is in bloom.
Beach vacations on the North Sea coast are best booked in summer, when the water temperatures are pleasant. However, in summer you must expect a lot of visitors and full hotels. Even campsites are often fully booked. Book in advance.
The cities in Lower Saxony are worth visiting at any time of the year. At Christmas time you can experience Christmas markets everywhere, but you also have to expect many tourists. In general, I would avoid the school vacations at Easter, in summer and autumn, because at these times you can expect many visitors.
Ultimately, it depends on where you want to go and what you want to experience. Lower Saxony is worth a trip at any time of the year.
Getting to Lower Saxony & Transportation
Thanks to the membership in the European Union, the entry for EU citizens is possible without any problems and with an identity card. Within Germany you do not cross any border.
Entry by plane
There are several airports in Lower Saxony, but only Hanover is relevant for (inter)national flights. In the north of Lower Saxony, there are also the airports in Bremen and Hamburg. For example, you can find direct flights from Paris, Munich, Vienna, Istanbul, Amsterdam, London or Zurich. For flight search I always use Skyscanner* and so far I was always very satisfied with the bookings.
Entering by train
There are several long-distance train connections to Lower Saxony. Direct connections are available, for example, from Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt or Cologne. In addition, there is a connection from Copenhagen to Hamburg. More information and timetables can be found on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Train travel in Lower Saxony
The federal state has a very good rail network, so you can reach all regions by public transport. However, train tickets in Germany are expensive. That is why it is usually cheapest to buy a so-called “Länderticket” (regional day tickets). With this ticket (dt.: Niedersachsen-Ticket) you can use the trains and trams of the local public transport all over Lower Saxony as often as you want for one day. In addition, the ticket is also valid on most buses. The ticket costs 24 €. For each additional person you have to pay 5 € (maximum 5 persons). You can find more information about these tickets on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Entering by bus
The cheaper alternative is to use long-distance buses, which travel to Lower Saxony from many major German and European cities. There are connections, for example, to Hannover, Göttingen, Osnabrück or Oldenburg.
Bus travel in Lower Saxony
The federal state has a very good bus network, so you can reach all regions by public transport. Each region has its own bus company, so prices and validity vary depending on the region. The cheapest way is usually to buy a day ticket. If you bought the above-mentioned “Länderticket” for trains, you could usually use it on the buses as well.
Entering by car
You are most flexible with your own car. The larger cities are well connected to the highway network. But also the Harz mountains, the Lüneburg Heath, the North Sea or other sights in Lower Saxony can be reached quickly and easily by car. There is no speed limit on German highways, so driving requires a bit more concentration.
Hotels & Accommodation
Germany is a popular travel destination and tourism is booming, so you will find many hotels and hostels, especially in the popular holiday regions. If you like it unusual, you can even spend the night in a houseboat, in a beach chair or other bizarre accommodations in Lower Saxony. If you prefer it to be more authentic and simpler, I recommend one of the many private Lower Saxon accommodations. You can find these mostly family-run guesthouses all over the state. Many of them stay away from the well-known online portals, so you have to be active by telephone in advance. In the off-season you can also spontaneously look for accommodation on site. However, the easiest way to book is via Booking.com (see below). Due to the variety of hotels, you are sure to find accommodations in Lower Saxony that meet your needs.
Travel Budget & Costs
First things first: In Germany you pay with Euro. In general, the cost of traveling in Lower Saxony is a little bit lower than in other parts of Germany.
Rental car: 25 € to 35 € per day for a week
Gasoline: 1.60 € per liter (as of December 2021)
Parking: 5 to 10 € per day at popular attractions
Train: use the “Niedersachsen-Ticket”: 24 € day ticket
Bus: single trip in a city for 2.50 € to 4 €
Hotels: 40 € to 80 € for 2 persons (depending on region, travel time and type of accommodation)
Food and Drinks
Supermarket: a bit cheaper than the average price level in Germany
Restaurant: 8 € to 14 €
Beer: 3 € to 4.50 € for a half liter
Mudflat hike: 6 € to 15 €
Marienburg Castle: 12.50 €
Food & Vegetarian
Lower Saxony Travel Guide
Last but not least, I would like to recommend a few travel guides. I personally like the hiking guide series. The books are small and handy, offer useful information about hiking, and detailed descriptions of the hikes. I was able to discover great hikes that I would not have found without these books. Not only in Lower Saxony. The travel guides give you additional tips and inspiration for your trip to Lower Saxony. The books are especially useful for individual travelers.
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