Just around half an hour away by car from the city center of Hamburg, the integral nature reserve Fischbeker Heide invites all nature lovers who want to escape the busy city life. Closer to Hamburg than the famous Lüneburger Heide, this is the second biggest of its kind in Germany.
Hikers can choose from different routes, starting at around 6 and up to 20 kilometers long, with different levels of rise, so there’s something for beginners and experts as well. Some paths will lead you through forests, but most of them go through typical heathland. There will be some spots where you have a nice panoramic view, and depending on your route you can oversee the national park and the Wildpark Schwarze Berge.
If you like the thrill, you can stop at the glider port where you can get a flight over the heathland for around 30€, but if you don’t want to spend that money, its also fun to see the gliders taking off and landing.
The easiest way to reach this area would be to rent a car, but you can also take public transport. You should take the tram S3 and get off at station Neugraben. From there you could either walk or take the bus 250.