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Unique change of water and forest

The Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve to the north-east of Berlin is a fascinating landscape which changes from extensive forest to open land, and from deep valleys to prominent peaks. The pronounced geographical relief reflects the events of the last Ice Age, when glaciers engulfed and transformed the face of the landscape with their mighty ice masses. Grumsin is a very special beech forest that has remained completely undisturbed for 20 years. In these terminal moraine formations, the valleys are dotted with peatlands and small bodies of water, which are closely intertwined with the beech forests to create atmospheric landscape.

Grumsin is part of the world’s largest old beech forest of the lowlands on Ice Age sand and loam soils. The predominant forest type is the millet grass beech forest.The terminal moraine formations are witnesses of the Ice Age. In deep valleys the forests are replaced by lakes and bogs.

Reserve: Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve

World Natural Heritage area: 590.1 ha

Zone: planar

Federal state: Brandenburg


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