Lüneburg Heath, close to the huge military training area of Bergen-Hohne. It is about 15 kilometres northwest of the county town of Celle. Within the borough of Winsen are the villages of Bannetze, Meißendorf, Stedden, Südwinsen, Thören, Walle and Wolthausen.
Winsen's church is dedicated to John the Baptist which is a clue to when it was founded. All other villages with churches named after John the Baptist appeared around AD 800.
Today Winsen is a popular local recreation and holiday sport and is an official climatic health spa (Luftkurort).