All nature parks from A to Z

Nature parks – adventures in the great outdoors

Germany's 104 nature parks showcase the country's most beautiful landscapes. Picturesque lakes and riverscapes. Islands and moors. Diverse woodland, hills and mountains. All these, plus a range of activities, are available for you to experience. Together, the nature parks make up over one quarter of Germany's land area, representing a diversity that offers something for everyone.

Covering 3,000 square kilometres in the heart of Bavaria, Altmühl Valley Nature Park is one of Germany's largest reserves. Bizarre rock formations and juniper heathland are features of this beautiful riverscape.

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With its idyllic lakes, its untamed rivers and its woods, Barnim Nature Park is a natural gem. The Konik is a defining breed of this part-pasture, part-forest landscape and can often be seen grazing on the open meadows.

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Reaching from the Danube valley all the way to the Grosser Arber mountain, the Bavarian Forest Nature Park takes in 89 towns and villages in the districts of Straubing-Bogen, Deggendorf, Regen and Freyung-Grafenau.

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Situated between Emsland, Bentheim and the Dutch province of Drenthe, what used to be the largest continuous moorland in central Europe enjoys a unique ecosystem.

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Located near the cities of Bremen and Oldenburg, Wildeshauser Geest Nature Park is the largest nature reserve by area in Lower Saxony and, thanks to the diversity of its terrain, is a landscape full of contrasts.

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Located among the Elbe and Mulde riverscapes between Leipzig and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Dessau-Wörlitz and Wittenberg , Düben Heath is an oasis of calm and wellness.

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In northern Bavaria on the verdant border with Thuringia lies the Franconian Forest Nature Park, a highlands area of sweeping views, flower-filled valley meadows and magnificent castles.

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With an area of over 2300 square metres, the Franconian Switzerland - Veldenstein Forest Nature Park in the triangle of Bamberg, Bayreuth and Nuremberg is one of the largest nature parks in the whole of Germany and has been recognised by the Association of German Nature Parks' "Nature Park Quality Campaign".

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