Greetings from Lieberose Heath and Desert! The federal state of Brandenburg is not really known for being exciting. If you are looking for a quiet getaway, this is the place to go.
Why does Germany have a desert? Well, I’m glad you asked.
The Russian army used this area for military practices. After the wall came down, no one really knew what to do with this huge area.
I’ll spare you the details, which are complex … but to cut it short … on one side of the road lies the Lieberoser Wüste, the desert of Lieberose.
In this vast space there is pretty much nothing as far as the eye can see. Since the desert is highly contaminated with munition it is not safe to visit.
On the other side you find the Lieberose Heith. They established walking trails through the area.
Big parts of the former military area are strict nature reserves.
A few signs explain the ecological succession. Basically, the part we visited is completely untouched and nature is simply allowed to take over.
Lieberose Heath hosts 400 different kinds of butterflies, more than 100 kinds of breeding birds and many animals and insects on the brink of extinction.
OK, it doesn’t really look like a haven for wildlife.
Different kind of deer, even mouflon, are native here, as well as badgers, otters or racoon dogs.
Special motion cameras also spotted elks (I’m not making this up) and wolves.
One of the signs showed a picture of baby wolves. It is all looking pretty promising here.
The Russian army erected a hill and a watch tower, so you are able to enjoy the vast nothingness with a view.
Oddly enough, they bothered to plant roses. I bet they are red.
The moral of the story is that nature will take over eventually and you can still have fun with everything closed.
Thanks for flying with be kitschig. Have a happy Hump Day!