The Oranienbaumer Heide nature reserve is one of the most species-rich areas in Saxony-Anhalt. Around 478 hectares of the nature reserve are reserved for undisturbed natural development. Large areas are taken up by semi-natural mixed deciduous forests, The central area of the nature reserve is characterized by open and semi-open areas with dry and poor grassland, heaths, dunes with open grass areas and silver grass meadows. The nature reserve offers a range of habitats for numerous birds. Among the birds that can be seen in the area are Black Stork, Common Crane, Red Kite, Black Kite, European Honey-buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Hobby, Hoopoe, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Nightjar, Woodcock, Wood Lark, European Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Tawny Pipit, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike and Great Grey Shrike.
The Oranienbaumer Heide is located southeast of Dessau. Click on the P in the map to get directions to a parking place on the northern side. The circular walk on the map starts from there and is 14 km long, but you can make different and shorter loops. You can also start your walk in Judenberg, on the west side of the area.