Due to its beautiful landscape and natural resources, the lower Saale valley has been designated as a nature conservation area from Bad Kösen to the mouth of the Saale since 1961.
Especially between Halle and Bernburg, the river’s path provides many meadows and variously shaped side valleys, making it the destination for scientific experiments and tourist excursions. This is precisely where the nature park “Lower Saale Valley” is located.
From the northwest part of the city of Halle to behind Nienburg, the park stretches across both sides of the Saale over an area of around 40,800 ha. Whether it is out in nature or at the historical sites - the nature park offers something for everyone to discover and experience. There are numerous bike and hiking paths to explore the park, and for those who enjoy the water, the Saale offers wonderful opportunities to have fun and relax.
We warmly welcome you to get to know the beautiful sites in our nature park.
- Forest 5%
- Grassland 2%
- Conservation area 50%
- Nature reserve 3%
- FFH and EU bird sanctuary 8%
Types of plants
Besides the trees and bushes, characteristic plants in the meadows include the wood anemone, yellow anemone, corydalis, and marsh marigold. In the dry locations, species such as feather grass, melic grass, pasque flowers, wild orchids, pheasant’s eye, meadow clary, or globe daisies can be found.
Types of animals
Characteristic animals include the gray heron, red and black kites, spotted woodpecker, red-backed shrike, grass snake, toad, banded demoiselle, hermit butterfly, or field cricket. Other species under protection that have been sighted in the area include the beaver, kingfisher, marsh harrier, middle spotted woodpecker, black woodpecker, ortolan, honey buzzard, crested newt, fire-bellied toad, southern damselfly, and hermit beetle.
Active tourism in Saxony-Anhalt: Bernburg and surrounding areas
<STRONG/>The state project “Blaues Band” promotes sustainable water tourism in Saxony-Anhalt. The paths of the Elbe, Saale, and Unstrut are just as much a part of the landscape as the Mittelland Canal and the Elbe-Havel Canal. Activities for water sports enthusiasts, recreational visitors, and active tourists are available at Saxony-Anhalt’s numerous seas - from the Arendsee in the north to the Süßer See together with the sea landscape that will be created in the upcoming years in the former open-pit mines in the south of the state. For those looking for an active holiday, Saxony-Anhalt is an attractive destination. With the motto “Blaues Band - Active Tourism in Saxony-Anhalt,” activities on and around the water are linked to the state’s cultural tourism potential. For shore leave, Bernburg and its surrounding areas offer guests numerous cultural and leisure time activities listed in the tour guide. Activities for water enthusiasts, guest moorings, and accommodations are offered by the clubs listed below:
- Yachthafen Alsleben
- Bernburger Ruderclub e.V. -
- Bernburger Maritimer Club e.V.
- Bernburger Wassersportverein e.V.
- MBSV- Wasserwandern e.V. -
- Campingplatz an der Saale
Modern, quiet, and directly on the Saale in the nature park “Lower Saale Valley”, the new camping site offers:
- 30 camping spots
- Guest moorings
- Modern bathrooms
- Water and electrical supply
- Disposal of chemical toilets
- Barbeque site
- Restaurant and daily
- freshly baked bread
Idea for water and camping tourists!
Camping site and restaurant
Dr.-J.-Rittmeister-Str. 12 - 13, Tel. +49 3471 317339, Cell phone: +49 174 1525584