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 Natural Park (Naturpark Altmühltal). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1969. Area: 2962 square kilometers.
Municipality of Oberammergau
Ammer Alps Natural Park (Naturpark Ammergauer Alpen). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 2017. Area: 227 square kilometers.
Beach at Kamminke in 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.
Autumn day in the community of Enze
Arnsberg Forest Natural Park (Naturpark Arnsberger Wald). North Rhine – Westphalia. Year of creation: 1961. Area: 482 square kilometers.
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.
A carriage ride near the resort of Bad Bocklet
Bavarian Natural Park Rhön (Naturpark Bayerische Rhön). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1967. Area: 1245 square kilometers.
The traditional Bergische Kaffeetafel coffee table (Bergische Kaffeetafel) is a great way to refresh yourself while whetting your appetite in the fresh air.
Bergisches Land Natural Park (Naturpark Bergisches Land). North Rhine – Westphalia. Year of creation: 1973. Area: 1917 square kilometers.
The inhabitant of this area of the lake is the white-tailed eagle
Feldberger Seenlandschaft Natural Park (Naturpark Feldberger Seenlandschaft). Federal State of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. Year of creation: 1997. Area: 345 square kilometers.
Foggy winter on Lake Fichtelsee
Fichtelgebirge Natural Park (Naturpark Fichtelgebirge). Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1971. Area: 1028 square kilometers.
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 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.
In the valley of the river Ilse
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 over Hessian Rhön, shot with many hours of exposure
Hessian Rhön Natural Park (Naturpark Hessische Rhön). Federal state of Hesse. Year of creation: 1963. Area: 700 square kilometers.
Young deer in a mowed field
Natural park on the island of Usedom (Naturpark Insel Usedom). Federal State of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania. Year of creation: 1999. Area: 632 square kilometers.
Sunrise near the Kyffhäuser monument – a monument to the German Emperor Wilhelm I
Kyffhäuser Natural Park (Naturpark Kyffhäuser) Federal state of Thuringia. Year of creation: 2008. Area: 305 square kilometers.
Source of the river Lahn
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.
Lauenburg Lakes Natural Park (Naturpark Lauenburgische Seen). Schleswig-Holstein. Year of creation: 1961. Area: 474 square kilometers.
Lüneburg sheep (Lüneburger Heidschnucke) are distinguished by unpretentiousness and endurance
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.
Μύλος Pritzkhagener Muhle (Pritzhagener Mühle)
Brandenburg Nature Park Switzerland (Naturpark Märkische Schweiz). Federal State of Brandenburg. Year of creation: 1990. Area: 205 square kilometers.
The Danube valley near Tuttlingen
Upper Danube Natural Park (Naturpark Obere Donau). Baden-Württemberg. Year of creation: 1980. Area: 857 square kilometers.
Pines on a red sandstone rock near Hauenstein
Palatinate Forest Natural Park (Naturpark Pfälzerwald). Federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Year of creation: 1958. Area: 1798 square kilometers.
Loop of the Saar River (Saarschleife) near the Mettlach
Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park (Naturpark Saar-Hunsrück). Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. Year of creation: 1980. Area: 1938 square kilometers.
Autumn fog over 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) – one of the sights of the Siebengebirge
Siebengebirge Natural Park, in translation – Semigorye (Naturpark Siebengebirge). North Rhine – Westphalia. Year of creation: 1959. Area: 112 square kilometers.
Thick moss in the forest near Ebrah
Steigerwald Natural Park. Federal state of Bavaria. Year of creation: 1971. Area: 1280 square kilometers.
View from Taunus to the skyscrapers of Frankfurt am Main
Taunus Natural Park. Federal state of Hesse. Year of creation: 1962. Area: 1348 square kilometers.
Teutoburg Forest / Egge Natural Park (Naturpark Teutoburger Wald / Eggegebirge). North Rhine – Westphalia. Year of creation: 1965. Area: 2711 square kilometers.
In the area around the resort of Masserberg in Thuringia
Thuringian Forest Natural Park (Naturpark Thüringer Wald). Federal state of Thuringia. Year of creation: 1990. Area: 2082 square kilometers.
Lacher See – lake of volcanic origin in the Eifel
Volcanic Eifel Natural and Geological Park (Natur- und Geopark Vulkaneifel). Federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Year of creation: 2010. Area: 980 square kilometers.
Bodenwerder city in the valley of the river Weser
Weser Highlands Schaumburg-Hamel Nature Park (Naturpark Weserbergland Schaumburg-Hamel). Federal state of Lower Saxony. Year of creation: 1975. Area: 1116 square kilometers.