Motorways, state highways and the Hamburg-Berlin high-speed rail link that pass through this rural district – as does the Elbe – are the primary transport arteries between the conurbations of Berlin and Hamburg. Ludwigslust district’s transport links will eventually be rounded off by a connection with the A20 motorway to the Baltic Sea and with the future A14 to Magdeburg.
The district’s main economic activities are in logistics and processing and the fruits of its successful business development and relocation policies are gradually building up the area. Well-known companies such as Tchibo, AVA and Brandt have already located in the region. Ludwigslust district is also setting standards in reducing bureaucracy: the test region West Mecklenburg is one of three regions in Germany taking part.
But rural Ludwigslust is also a place for switching off and unwinding. Hamburg is close, but the clamour of the big city is far away. Intact and picturesque countryside and small towns with character are inviting for all sorts of activities. A good 20 per cent of Ludwigslust district is classified as nature reserve. The two biosphere reserves and eleven areas of nature reserve and protected landscape in the region will conserve space for nature in the future, too. They all have one thing in common: they are unusually beautiful and they are intact. With a biodiversity that is amazing.