National parks – nature in its original state

Here nature is king – protected from development in the extensive landscapes of the 16 national parks, it puts on a stunning show, unfurling in all its glory, and allowing you to experience unspoilt countryside and an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. This is where you discover the power of the natural world.

The Harz National Park is located within Germany's most northerly mountain range. Together with the surrounding Harz Mountains Nature Park and Geopark , it is one of the most popular areas for walking and skiing in northern Germany. With sections in both Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony , the park offers a mix of ancient legends and rugged scenery and is a popular tourist destination all year round.

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Active holidaymakers with a love of the great outdoors will be in their element in Germany's newest national park. Located at the heart of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park , this exceptionally beautiful upland landscape with its beech trees, wildcats and mystical moors offers fantastic walking and cycling trails.

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The chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen won the heart of the Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich some 200 years ago.

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With its lake, its beautiful upland scenery and its ancient beech forests that are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park is an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers.

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Müritz National Park hugs the long eastern shoreline of Lake Müritz, which is by far the largest of the Mecklenburg Lakes in north-east Germany. A 660-kilometre network of trails leads through an enchanting landscape characterised by ancient beech forests, mysterious marshes and huge expanses of water – including more than 130 lakes.

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The Lower Oder Valley National Park is Germany's first riverside meadow national park. It covers 60 km of meadowland on both the German and the Polish banks of the river Oder, offering visitors picturesque scenery and flowering dry grassland.

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The Eifel National Park has majestic beech forests interspersed with gnarled oak woods and tumbling brooks ensconced in mysterious ravines. The chance to get close to nature offered by the numerous plant and animal species here is unrivalled anywhere in western Germany.

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