Rosengarten is a municipality in the district of Harburg, very close to Hamburg. The Harburg Hills are end moraines that were formed in the Saalian glaciation and Weichselian Ice Age.
Without the influence of human kind, Germany would be covered with summer-green deciduous forest. One third of the landscape are forests today.
The "German Forest" is used as a metaphor and as a place of longing during the beginning of the 19th century. In this time the woods were a setting for fairytales, folk stories, sayings and a special atmosphere used in poetry. The forest is always in the eye of the German people, and is considered essential in their folklore, modern media, and popular culture. It dates back hundreds of years and continues to be of importance and thread through the generations of films, classical literature, and everyday life.