You want to flee from the turbulent and noisy city life and take a deep breath of fresh air? Walk on hidden paths with smooth moss under your feet? Visit red deer, fallow deer or wild pigs living here free in one of Hamburg’s biggest reservation areas? The Duvenstedter Brook lies in the very north of Hamburg and consists of woods, moor, heathlands and bogs, it shows a very special and diversified landscape. I love this mystery feeling, the silence and the secrecy of this place. At some spots you feel like hiking through south Sweden with all the birches around you.
In September the heat of red deer takes place, in October till November is rutting season for fallow deer. That’s why some of the routes are closed and not open to visitors. In spring you can watch out for cranes with their brood, from May to June you could be lucky enough to discover some of the protected orchids growing here. Be aware you should not leave the official paths and please remember that dogs are not allowed in this area!
The best starting point is the house of the “Naturschutzbund” of Duvenstedter Brook at Triftweg. There you’ll also find a car park. The house and its friendly staff offer a lot of brochures, books and information, also about guided tours in the reservation area.
If you visit the Brook, don’t forget your camera and binoculars!