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Altes Land, Jork

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Altes Land is an area of reclaimed marshland straddling parts of Lower Saxony and Hamburg. The region is situated downstream from Hamburg on the southwestern riverside of the Elbe around the towns of Stade, Buxtehude, Jork and the Samtgemeinde of Lühe. In Hamburg it includes the quarters of Neuenfelde, Cranz, Francop and Finkenwerder. Altes Land is one of the Elbe Marshes.The region - the biggest contiguous fruit-producing region in North Europe - extends over 143km². 76.8% of the trees are apples, 12.7% are cherries. The areas closest to the Elbe are those with the highest population. They include the most fertile marshlands; towards the geest the area connects to fens.The fertile land led to the development of a culture dominated by farming. The villages are known as Marschhufendörfer, a special kind of village where the farmyards are set along a street with the land directly behind them. A characteristic feature is the richly-decorated half-timbered farmhouses with their elaborate gateways.
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  • The Alte Land, located as part of the Elbe March south of Hamburg, is known as the largest contiguous eastern growing region in Germany. Cherry and apple trees grow here. Beautiful towns like Jork or Stade and small villages with their beautiful half-timbered buildings can be visited. In spring, the flower beckons, in autumn there are many events during the harvest season. Also in other seasons again and again worth seeing. Many small farm cafés and farm shops! A visit is always worthwhile!
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  • A visit to the old country is definitely worthwhile! People are friendly the kitchen restaurant and it is not too hot as in the rest of Germany
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