The Lower Oder Valley National Park is Germany’s first riverside meadow national park. It covers 60 kilometres of meadowland on both the German and the Polish banks of the river Oder, offering visitors a very picturesque scenery. Due to its significance as a resting and wintering ground for many bird species, the national park attracts hordes of wildlife enthusiasts every year. The sight of more than 13,000 cranes descending to their migration roosts in the Oder Valley is an unforgettable experience. Apart from the stunning nature and wildlife, the national park offers visitors a wide range of other attractions, including the medieval tower of Stolpe Castle, the historical tobacco barns near Friedrichsthal, the castle near Zitzen, the medieval town fortifications and St. Stephen’s Church in Grats and the late-Gothic church in Criewen.
Schwedt, Germany, +49 3332 26770
Situated in the far north-east of Germany, The Western-Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft National Park is the largest nature reserve on the Baltic coast. It provides a wonderful landscape of cliffs and dunes, spits and lagoons, making it a perfect destination for anyone who loves beaches or woodland. A variety of guided and independent walks are available in the park which also include some great view points, such as Pramort and Hohe Düne. Other attractions of the region include the Ahrenshoop artists’ colony, the lighthouse and Natureum on Darsser Ort, the national park center on Hiddensee which is the largest island in the park and the Stralsund Museum.
Im Forst 5, Born, Germany, +49 3823 45020
Formerly a military exclusion zone, the Hainich forest in western Thuringia has become a national park. It is Europe’s largest unbroken area of mixed deciduous forest. During forest walks and guided tours organized for the visitors some rare animals can be witnessed, such as wildcats, black storks and protected bat species. The Wildcat Children’s Forest is an attraction aimed at younger guests: a several hundred meters long treetop trail takes visitors across the ‘roof’ of the forest at a height of 44 meters. Some other attractions of the park include medieval houses and a town wall that you can walk along in Mühlhausen, a rose garden and the Friederike Villa in Bad Langensalza, Anrode convent near Bickenriede and the monastery village of Volkenroda.
Bad Langensalza, Germany, +49 3603 39070