Lower Oder Valley National Park is Germany's only wetland national park as well as the first transborder reserve in cooperation with Poland. The wetlands are the core of this area. Large polders that are flooded regularly can be found here, preserving typical habitats and species of the wetlands.
The national park is one of the most biodiverse habitats in Germany. Apart from the wetlands, it also consists of mixed deciduous forests and blossomy dry meadows. More than 145 bird species breed here, and river Oder is known for its fish fauna, with over 40 different species.
You can explore Lower Oder Valley National Park on numerous bike and hiking trails, either by yourself or on a guided tour. The Nationalparkhaus visitor centre in Criewen features an interactive exhibition. Further exhibitions, a multimedia information desk, a students' lab, and an open air school can be found at Natura 2000-Haus.
The Oder valley area has been protected as a national park since 1995. The main focus is on allowing natural processes to happen without interference.
How to get there
Lower Oder Valley National Park is located north-east of Berlin, at the Polish border.
To get to the National Park House in Criewen, follow motorway A11 to exit 9-Joachimsthal, and turn left onto B198. Continue on B2 at Angermünde. Take the first exit at the roundabout. Continue for 8km/5mi, then turn right and then left towards Criewen.