The Biosphere Reserve

The Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve with its unique wealth of flora and fauna is located just outside Lutherstadt and stretches from Dessau-Roßlau to Magdeburg. Many endangered animals and plants find a new home in the natural floodplain landscape. Thus kingfishers, white-tailed eagles and the rare Siberian iris have settled here. With a little luck you can also meet the symbolic animal of the landscape, the sweet Elbe beaver. The Elbe River Landscape has been a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site since 1997.

Biberfreianlage in der Dübener Heide
Biberfreianlage ©Mirko Pannach

Beaver Enclosure

Directly at the Auenhaus information pavilion in Wörlitz is one of the most beautiful places in the Central Elbe Biosphere Reserve: the beaver enclosure. A visit to the beaver enclosure is a must for all animal lovers who are also particularly interested in the local flora and fauna. You can observe the shy and nocturnal animals on a large, natural enclosure and watch the sociable family life in the beaver lodge through the built-in viewing windows.
Currently, the beaver enclosure is undergoing extensive renovation and reconstruction to better inform visitors, create a nature trail, and repair the existing structures.


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Information centers in the biosphere reserve

Information pavilion Auenhaus
At the Kapenschlößchen 3
06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz

Information center "House of Rivers"
Elbe Street 2
39539 Havelberg

Beaver open-air facility
At the Kapenschlößchen 1-2
06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz

Opening hours

Unfortunately, the beaver enclosure is currently closed. The administration of the biosphere reserve asks for your understanding.