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Landscapes in Germany

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Detailed sources:

Gharadjedaghi, B.; Heimann, R.; Lenz, K.; Martin, C.; Pieper, V.; Schulz, A.; Vahabzadeh, A.; Finck, P. and Riecken, U. (2004): Verbreitung und Gefährdung schutzwürdiger Landschaften in Deutschland. In: Natur und Landschaft 79, 2. p. 71–81.

Meynen, E.; Schmithüsen, J.; Gellert, J.; Neef, E.; Müller-Miny, H. and Schultze, J. H. (Ed.) (1953–1962): Handbuch der naturräumlichen Gliederung Deutschlands. Remagen.

Germany is rich in landscapes

Landscapes in Germany are highly diverse. From the Wadden Sea landscape of the North Sea to the rocky landscape of the Alps, Germany has 858 individual landscapes and 24 different landscape types. Landscapes are classified into landscape types according to geographic features and land use.


Germany can be divided into 858 separate landscapes (including 59 urban conurbations). These can each be classified into one of 24 landscape types based on relative prominence of certain features, from the Wadden Sea landscape of the North Sea to the rocky landscape of the Alps. Six groups can be distinguished: Coastal landscapes, forest landscapes and landscapes rich in forest, structurally rich cultural landscapes, open cultural landscapes, mining landscape, and conurbations.

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Landscapes of conservation importance (BfN-page)

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