Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve

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The Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve (German: Biosphärenreservat Schaalsee) lies in western Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (districts of Nordwestmecklenburg and Ludwigslust-Parchim) on its border with Schleswig-Holstein. From 1952 to 1990 large parts of the Schaalsee landscape lay within the military out of bounds area of the Inner German Border. That state-imposed rest period enable nature to develop so that in the year 2000 this valuable area was designated as a biosphere reserve. On the Schleswig-Holstein side of the border is the Lauenburg Lakes Nature Park founded in 1961.


The biosphere reserve lies in a young moraine landscape formed in the Weichsel glaciation. To the east is the Baltic Uplands, pierced by the Trave, and which runs across the whole of Mecklenburg.
In the lake of Schaalsee, that gives the reserve its name, are several islands including Kampenwerder, Stintenburginsel and Rethwiese.


  • "Rahmenkonzept (Leitbild) des Biosphärenreservates" (PDF). Amt für das Biosphärenreservat Schaalsee. 2003. p. 59. Retrieved 11 November 2009.

External links

  • Ordinance about the designation of nature reserves and a protected landscape of central importance under the overall title of Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve dated 12 September 1990, last amended on 21 July 1998
  • Office for the Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve
  • Society for the Preservation of the Schaalsee Biosphere
  • Stiftung Biosphäre Schaalsee
  • M-V environmental map portal with geodata (reser boundaries, biotope mapping, geotope etc.)


53°38′N 10°58′E / 53.633°N 10.967°E / 53.633; 10.967

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