Die Lüneburger Heide is an extensive region of heath, nature, woods, and farmland in the state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) in Northern Germany, located roughly between the cities of Hamburg, Hannover, and Wolfsburg. Historically, it was where Montgomery received the German surrender at the end of WW2. The area has very rural feel to it. Dense pine forests alternate with green meadows and cultivated fields with purple heath. Its leafy villages are clustered around ancient farmhouses with vast thatched roofs sweeping down over red brick and timber-framed walls. The area has many attractions suitable for families such as the Heide Park, an amusement park near Soltau, the Walsrode Bird Park, the Serengeti Park, and 3 wildlife parks. More recently a big indoor ski slope has been opened, the SnowDome near Bispingen, as well as the Schumacher go-kart hall. There also is a wealth of museums, covering every field from agriculture to science, from warfighting to local history. Lying on the North German Plain, the region is relatively flat and there are excellent cycling routes over a network of cycle paths.