Time to enjoy the good weather! The national parks of Germany (Part 2)

It’s never too late for a trip into nature! Here is Part 2 of the national parks of Germany.

Kellerwald-Edersee (Hesse)
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This park primarily protects the large beech forests. Some trees are up to 160 years old. There are many flower meadows and streams, rare animals like wild cats, bats and a variety of rare plants such as the ‘cheddar pink’.

Hainich (Thuringia)
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Hainich National Park is very similar to Kellerwald-Edersee in its flora and fauna and is home to many rare species. What’s so special here is a 530 meter long treetop walkway that allows visitors to walk up to 40 meters above the forest floor.

Saxon Switzerland (Saxony)
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With an incredible 755 climbing rocks, this place is a traditional hiking and climbing area with breathtaking mesas and rugged gorges. Tip: try the organic hotel “Helvetia” in Schmilka!

Hunsrück-Hochwald (Rhineland-Palatinate & Saarland)EnDe_Time to enjoy the good weather! The national parks of Germany (Part 2)_intext4This national park has only existed since the spring of 2015. A quarter of the forest is over 120 years old. The area offers bog forests, canyons and a high number of species of birds.

Black Forest (Baden-Wuerttemberg)
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This spruce, fir and beech forests have also recently been declared a national park (in January 2014). The Black Forest is the most important habitat for the white fir. It is also home to rare ferns, mosses, lichens, fungi and rare animals such as the viper.

Bavarian Forest (Bavaria)
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This is the oldest national park in Germany. It has existed since 1970 and consists largely of mixed forests. Many species such as lynxes, mountain cocks, peregrine falcons, beavers, and even brown bears and wolves find a home here.

Berchtesgaden (Bavaria)
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The ‘Königssee’ is one of the main attractions in this national park and slightly reminiscent of Milford Sound in New Zealand. And that’s just around the corner in Bavaria! There are also glaciers, rivers, different types of forests and an incredible biodiversity.

For more information about the national parks, click on the website of the BUND.

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