The exhibition focuses on giving you an impression of the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park and Darßer Ort in particular.
Alongside the national park, there is one of the world’s largest brackish water areas. It is home to diverse flora and fauna and the spawning ground of 48 fish species like the Baltic herring. But also seals and porpoises can be observed from the shore. The national park provides an ideal living environment for the European otter, too. The park’s landscape is characterised by vast pine and beech forests and coastal wetlands. Native animals are red deer, fallow deer, wild boars, roe deer and foxes. More than 160 bird species are native to the national park.
Once you have entered NATUREUM’s compound, you will inevitably notice the nicely arranged plots and gardens in front of the main building that show the typical flora of the different surrounding biotopes – dunes, arid areas (Reffe) and wetlands (Riegen). The coastal landscape, as reproduced in the dune garden, consists of different dune areas. When watching from the sea, the foredunes, also yellow dunes, are comparatively young and scarcely overgrown with beach grass and lyme grass. Grey dunes are older and covered with a continuous layer of vegetation such as grey hair-grass and sand sedge. Finally, brown dunes are more densely vegetated with hawkweed, sea thrift, pine trees and juniper. They mark the transition from dune landscape to native pine forest.
NATUREUM is only reachable on foot, by bike or by horse-drawn carriage which provides an undisturbed experience of nature. Near the lighthouse lies the untouched western beach where a northbound circular path through varied scenery starts between the Baltic Sea and the cliff coast. Walking through dune landscape and woodlands will lead you to the Darß port of distress where fishing and leisure boats can harbour and seek shelter in case of an emergency. Once back at the museum area, you may want to refresh and relax at the museum Café.