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.

Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park is located in the north of Germany. It surrounds a small group of islands on the North Sea coast off Cuxhaven, just beyond the Elbe estuary, and protects around 12,000 hectares of coastal mudflats.

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Bavaria, located in the south-eastern corner of Germany, is home to the country's first national park, which was founded in 1970 and extended to its present size of 243 square kilometres in 1997.

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The Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park on Germany's North Sea coast provides protection for the Wadden Sea, the coastal area of mudflats between the Ems and Elbe rivers, as well as to the offshore East Frisian islands.

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The Western-Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft National Park is the largest nature reserve on the Baltic coast. A landscape of cliffs and dunes, spits and lagoons stretching from the Darss-Zingst peninsula up towards the west coast of Rügen, and the perfect destination for anyone who loves beaches or woodland.

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Breathtaking mountain scenery, picturesque lakes and lush green forests are the hallmarks of Berchtesgaden National Park, one of the oldest conservation areas in the Alps.

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What captivates people most about the Black Forest National Park is its untamed beauty. As you explore the deep-green forests, you'll be spellbound by the wild and dramatic scenery and the far-reaching views.

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In Hainich National Park, part of the World Heritage region of Wartburg Hainach, world history comes face to face with nature: what was once a military exclusion zone is now the largest unbroken expanse of mixed deciduous forest in Europe.

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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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