16 Photos that Prove Germany's Natural Wonders are the Most Beautiful in Spring

Nationalpark Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany
Nationalpark Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany | © canadastock / Shutterstock
Photo of Marion Kutter
4 June 2018

Much of Germany is composed of mesmerizing landscapes, whether it’s the white chalk cliffs on Rügen Island or the massive peaks of the Alps near Berchtesgaden. Spring is the best time to see the country’s natural wonders come to life, which you’ll be convinced of after seeing these photos.

Bavarian Forest National Park

Germany’s oldest and largest national park is a wild and breathtaking ensemble of crystal-clear lakes, dense forests and majestic peaks. Countless hiking trails, cycling routes and even a treetop walk give you access to the abundant wilderness of the Bavarian Forest. The park’s protected status has ensured that wildlife can flourish without the interference of humans in vast sections of the national park and it’s not unusual to encounter foxes, lynxes and other wildlife in the first warm months of the year.

Eurasian Lynx, Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany | © Travel Stock / Shutterstock
Baumwipfelpfad Treetop walk tower in Bavarian Forest, Germany | © Petr Bonek / Shutterstock

Berchtesgaden National Park

With snowfall, the Berchtesgaden area transforms into a winter wonderland, but rest assured that the iconic views of the Watzmann massif are just as spectacular when temperatures rise and spring arrives. If you dare, you can swim in the chilling waters of the park’s mountain lakes.

Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany | © Zeedoherty / Shutterstock
Nationalpark Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany | © canadastock / Shutterstock

Saxon Switzerland National Park

One of Germany’s most dramatic landscapes is tucked away in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, which is first and foremost known for the Bastei Bridge. Springtime here means incredible sunsets, all-day hikes and lush trees—a gorgeous contrast to the bizarre rock formations.

Bastei in Saxon Switzerland, Germany | © Wolfgang Zwanzger / Shutterstock
Bastei bridge in Saxon Switzerland, Germany | © Stanislav Samoylik / Shutterstock

Hainich National Park

One of Central Europe’s last remaining primaeval beech forests occupies the heart of Germany in Thuringia. A raised boardwalk gives you the chance to look beyond the vast forest and down on the ground, and you can follow several hiking trails or cycling routes, join guided tours or follow the Wildcat Path to spot the European wildcat or other endangered species. Spring is not only the perfect time to spot wildlife, but the forested areas and meadows are in full bloom by mid-April.

Hainich National Park, Beech Forest Protection, Germany | © CT Media / Shutterstock
Primeval Beech Forests of Hainich National Park, Germany | © Takashi Images / Shutterstock

Jasmund National Park

Rügen Island in Germany’s north is home to beautiful beaches, forests, lakes and the Jasmund National Park, which encompasses all of this plus the mesmerizing white chalk cliffs of the Königsstuhl. In the spring, the observation deck grants spectacular views of the forest-clad cliff tops and the bright blue and turquoise waters of the Baltic Sea below.

The Baltic Sea on the island Ruegen, Germany | © ricok / Shutterstock
Herthasee in the Jasmund National Park on Ruegen Island, Germany | © Anastazzo / Shutterstock

Wadden Sea National Park

Germany’s coastal regions have one more national park in store: the Wadden Sea is a unique ecosystem of beaches, sandbanks, mudflats and estuaries that provide a habitat for seabird species and marine mammals. A trip here in the springtime might reward you with the spotting of baby seals and nesting birds.

Sheep on dike north sea | © Stefan Dinse / Shutterstock
Meadow, Borkum, Germany | © Fotografie-Kuhlmann / Shutterstock
Wadden Sea National Park Schleswig-Holstein | © Oliver Hoffmann / Shutterstock
Island of Amrum at North Sea, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany | © canadastock / Shutterstock

Black Forest National Park

The Black Forest is probably the best known of the Germany’s national parks. Cuckoo clocks, rolling hills, dense forests and fantastic food come to mind. In the spring, the versatile landscape shows off its most magical side.

Black forest, Muenstertal, Germany | © Funny Solution Studio / Shutterstock
The forest, Germany | © ohenze / Shutterstock

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