This tree-top walk is the most popular family activity in one of the most spectacular national parks in Germany – the Bavarian Forest National Park (Bayerischer Wald). From the ticket counter at eight meters from the ground, visitors embark on a relaxed hike along the 1300-meter wooden barrier-free pathway, marveling at the stunning views of the dense forest unfolding below their feet. When the walkway ends at an elevation of 25 meters off the ground, the adventure has just about started! From this point, visitors climb the 44-meter-high egg-shaped structure along a spiraling path, enjoying 360-degree views of the wilderness (and on clear days, even of the Alps), the best of which is saved for the pinnacle. On the way, visitors gain interesting information on the flora and fauna of the forest.
Böhmstraße 43, 94556 Neuschönau, Germany, +49 8558 97 40 74
Baumwipfelbad Schwarzwald (tree-top path, Black Forest) offers the chance to bond with nature while having adventure-pumping adventures. The 1,250-meter elevated pathway takes visitors to the observation tower at a height of 40 meters above the ground. On the way, other than enjoying gorgeous views of Germany’s iconic Black Forest, thrill-seekers can add to the excitement by trying out the climbing, balancing, and running challenges. The 55-meter-long spiraling slide from the top to the exit is the final icing on this unforgettable activity in Bad Wildbad.
Peter-Liebig-Weg 16, 75323 Bad Wildbad, Germany, +49 7081 9250940
The 1,250-meter-long inclined walkway of Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife takes visitors to an altitude of 25 meters off the ground. On the way, visitors get the opportunity to learn about the forest, while children have a blast at the slide and rope bridge. Nothing can prepare you for the view waiting at the 42-meter-high observation deck. The deck is built at a vantage point to enable visitors to best appreciate the Saarschleife – a dramatic loop of the river, flanked by dense forests, that is understandably the most photographed sight in Germany’s Saarland region.
Cloef-Atrium, 66693 Mettlach, Germany, +49 6865 1864810
This tree-top walk on Germany’s favorite island, Rügen, promises a galore of natural beauty and fun for the family. The 1,250-meter-long walkway cuts through the dense deciduous forest, culminating in the “Eagle’s Nest” view tower at an altitude of 82 meters. However, the fun is in the journey. En route, look through an “eagle’s view” telescope, and understand how trees draw water from the ground. For the little guests, there are games, special shows, exhibitions, and hands-on activities.
Forsthaus Prora 1, 18609 Binz, Germany, +49 38393 662200
Panarbora Baumwipfelbad is a fascinating journey of 1,635 meters up to the observation tower at a height of 40 meters. From the top, visitors get to feast their eyes on sweeping vistas of Bergisches Land. The circuit is punctuated by six stations, wherein visitors learn fascinating facts about the Bergisches Forest and its evolution, the different kinds of trees, the exotic inhabitants of the forest, and the secrets hidden under the dead tree trunks. The information is presented in a fun manner to hold the fleeting attention of little guests.
Nutscheidstraße 1, 51545 Waldbröl, Germany, +49 2291 908650
Baumkronenpfad Edersee introduces visitors to a perspective of the ecosystem of the Kellerwald and the Ederstausee that is impossible to even imagine from the ground. While strolling under the beautiful tulip-shaped canopy over the 750-meter-long walkway, visitors come across several wooden installations and sculptures and gain valuable information about the area. The treetop path is also a great idea for a moonlight date or a romantic dinner.
Brühlfeld 3, 34549 Edertal, Germany, +49 5623 9737977
Skywalk Allgäu is one of the top attractions of the scintillating uplands of Allgäu. If there is one thing that can beat the views of endless green fields, picture-postcard villages, the sparkling Lake Constance, and the majestic Alps from the ground, it is an aerial view of the same from the 40-meter-high observation deck. The skywalk also offers loads of extras, including information centers, adventure playgrounds, a mini zoo, and lots of great ways to bond with nature.
Oberschwenden 25, 88175 Scheidegg, Germany, +49 8381 8961800
Str. nach Fichtenwalde 13, 14547 Beelitz, Germany, +49 33204 634723
The 530-meter-long Canopy Walk at Hainich National Park touches the tops of dense deciduous trees and winds its way up to the observation tower at a height of 44 meters. The path has been made interesting with sculptures and interesting tidbits of information about the forest and its inhabitants. Once at the top, visitors get to treat their senses to lush greenery as far as the eyes can see, with birds for company.
Thiemsburg 1, 99947 Schönstedt, Germany, +49 3603 825843