Nature parks in Germany – from the Harz to the Upper Danube Germany information and travel tips DW

We have already presented the sixteen German National Parks. Now it is the turn of the natural parks (Naturpark). In West Germany, nature parks began to be created in the late 1950s, but the oldest such German park appeared much earlier – it was founded at the Lüneburg Heath in the days of the Weimar Republic – in 1921.

The first natural parks in Germany were the Palatinate Forest, the Southern Eiffel and the Vogelsberg volcanic region. Now they all occupy 27 percent of the whole country! There are more than a hundred such parks in Germany, so we will limit ourselves to three dozen.

The municipality of Essing in the Kelheim district at the northern end of the Altmühl valley

Altmühltal

Altmühltal Natural Park (Naturpark Altmühltal). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1969. Area: 2962 square kilometers.

Oberammergau

Municipality of Oberammergau

Ammer Alps

Ammer Alps Natural Park (Naturpark Ammergauer Alpen). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 2017. Area: 227 square kilometers.

Szczecin Bay

Beach at Kamminke in Szczecin Bay

Szczecin Bay

Natural Park in Szczecin Bay (Naturpark Am Stettiner Haff). Federal State of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. Year of creation: 2005. Area: 537 square kilometers.

Enze

Autumn day in the community of Enze

Arnsberg Forest

Arnsberg Forest Natural Park (Naturpark Arnsberger Wald). North Rhine – Westphalia. Year of creation: 1961. Area: 482 square kilometers.

Korinski Monastery

Former Kloster Chorin Monastery, located in the park

Barnim Natural Park

Barnim Natural Park. Federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg. Year of creation: 1999. Area: 749 square kilometers.

Bad Bocklet

A carriage ride near the resort of Bad Bocklet

Bavarian Ron

Bavarian Natural Park Rhön (Naturpark Bayerische Rhön). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1967. Area: 1245 square kilometers.

Bergs coffee table

The traditional Bergische Kaffeetafel coffee table (Bergische Kaffeetafel) is a great way to refresh yourself while whetting your appetite in the fresh air.

Earth Bergishes

Bergisches Land Natural Park (Naturpark Bergisches Land). North Rhine – Westphalia. Year of creation: 1973. Area: 1917 square kilometers.

white-tailed eagle

The inhabitant of this area of ​​the lake is the white-tailed eagle

Feldberger Seenlandscape

Feldberger Seenlandschaft Natural Park (Naturpark Feldberger Seenlandschaft). Federal State of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. Year of creation: 1997. Area: 345 square kilometers.

Fichtelse

Foggy winter on Lake Fichtelsee

Fichtelgebirge

Fichtelgebirge Natural Park (Naturpark Fichtelgebirge). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1971. Area: 1028 square kilometers.

cormorant nest

Cormorant nest near the river Pene

Pene River Valley

Peene Valley Natural Park (Naturpark Flusslandschaft Peenetal). Federal State of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. Year of creation: 2011. Area: 334 square kilometers.

The ruins of Neidek castle

The ruins of Neideck Castle in Franconia Switzerland

Franconia Switzerland – Feldensteiner Forst

Franconian Switzerland – Feldensteiner Forst Natural Park (Naturpark Fränkische Schweiz-Veldensteiner Forst). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1995. Area: 2346 square kilometers.

Ilse

In the valley of the river Ilse

Harz

There are three nature parks and a national park in the Harz region of Germany. One of them is the Harz / Saxony-Anhalt Nature Park (Naturpark Harz / Sachsen-Anhalt). Year of creation: 2003. Area: 1660 square kilometers.

Starry sky

Starry sky over Hessian Rhön, shot with many hours of exposure

Hessian Rhön

Hessian Rhön Natural Park (Naturpark Hessische Rhön). Federal state of Hesse. Year of creation: 1963. Area: 700 square kilometers.

Usedom Island

Young deer in a mowed field

Island Usedom

Natural park on the island of Usedom (Naturpark Insel Usedom). Federal State of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. Year of creation: 1999. Area: 632 square kilometers.

Kyffhäuser Monument

Sunrise near the Kyffhäuser monument – a monument to the German Emperor Wilhelm I

Kyffhäuser

Kyffhäuser Natural Park (Naturpark Kyffhäuser) Federal state of Thuringia. Year of creation: 2008. Area: 305 square kilometers.

Source of the river Lahn

Source of the river Lahn

Lan-Dille

Lahn-Dill Highlands Nature Park (Naturpark Lahn-Dill-Bergland). Federal state of Hesse. Year of creation: 2007. Area: 874 square kilometers. In the photo: the source of the river Lahn.

Salce

Lake Salce

Lauenburg Lakes

Lauenburg Lakes Natural Park (Naturpark Lauenburgische Seen). Schleswig-Holstein. Year of creation: 1961. Area: 474 square kilometers.

Lüneburg sheep

Lüneburg sheep (Lüneburger Heidschnucke) are distinguished by unpretentiousness and endurance

Lüneburg Heath

The Lüneburg Heath Natural Park (Naturpark Lüneburger Heide) is the oldest in Germany. Federal state of Lower Saxony. Year of creation: 1921. Area: 1130 square kilometers.

Pritzkhagener mühle

Μύλος Pritzkhagener Muhle (Pritzhagener Mühle)

Brandenburg Switzerland

Brandenburg Nature Park Switzerland (Naturpark Märkische Schweiz). Federal State of Brandenburg. Year of creation: 1990. Area: 205 square kilometers.

Danube Valley

The Danube valley near Tuttlingen

Upper Danube

Upper Danube Natural Park (Naturpark Obere Donau). Baden-Württemberg. Year of creation: 1980. Area: 857 square kilometers.

Hauenstein

Pines on a red sandstone rock near Hauenstein

Palatinate Forest

Palatinate Forest Natural Park (Naturpark Pfälzerwald). Federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Year of creation: 1958. Area: 1798 square kilometers.

Loop of Saar river

Loop of the Saar River (Saarschleife) near the Mettlach

Saar-Hunsrück

Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park (Naturpark Saar-Hunsrück). Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. Year of creation: 1980. Area: 1938 square kilometers.

Σλεϋ

Autumn fog over Schlei Bay

Schlei Bay

Schlei Natural Park (Naturpark Schlei). Schleswig-Holstein. Year of creation: 2008. Area: 498 square kilometers. Schlei is a narrow and long bay of the Baltic Sea in northern Germany.

Drachenburg Castle

Drachenburg Castle (Drachenburg) – one of the sights of the Siebengebirge

Siebengebirge

Siebengebirge Natural Park, in translation – Semigorye (Naturpark Siebengebirge). North Rhine – Westphalia. Year of creation: 1959. Area: 112 square kilometers.

 Ebrah

Thick moss in the forest near Ebrah

Steigerwald

Steigerwald Natural Park. Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1971. Area: 1280 square kilometers.

Taunus

View from Taunus to the skyscrapers of Frankfurt am Main

Taunus

Taunus Natural Park. Federal state of Hesse. Year of creation: 1962. Area: 1348 square kilometers.

Externsteine ​​in the Teutoburg forest

Externsteine ​​rocks

Teutoburg Forest

Teutoburg Forest / Egge Natural Park (Naturpark Teutoburger Wald / Eggegebirge). North Rhine – Westphalia. Year of creation: 1965. Area: 2711 square kilometers.

Musserberg

In the area around the resort of Masserberg in Thuringia

Thuringia Forest

Thuringian Forest Natural Park (Naturpark Thüringer Wald). Federal state of Thuringia. Year of creation: 1990. Area: 2082 square kilometers.

Lacher See

Lacher See – lake of volcanic origin in the Eifel

Volcanic Eiffel

Volcanic Eifel Natural and Geological Park (Natur- und Geopark Vulkaneifel). Federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Year of creation: 2010. Area: 980 square kilometers.

weather

Bodenwerder city in the valley of the river Weser

Weser Highlands

Weser Highlands Schaumburg-Hamel Nature Park (Naturpark Weserbergland Schaumburg-Hamel). Federal state of Lower Saxony. Year of creation: 1975. Area: 1116 square kilometers.

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