All nature parks from A to Z

Nature parks – adventures in the great outdoors

Germany's 105 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.

At the end of the 19th century, the Brandenburg novelist and hiking enthusiast Theodor Fontane wrote extensively about the landscape in the heart of the Ruppiner Land region, and it has remained largely unchanged since then.

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The Swabian-Franconian Forest Nature Park has something for everyone, from meadows and vineyards reminiscent of the Mediterranean to rugged forest ravines and the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Limes.

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The unspoilt, lagoon-dotted coastline, extensive forest and centuries-old cultivated landscape make this area, situated in north-eastern Germany on the border with Poland, an attractive holiday destination.

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Situated in the heart of Europe just outside the city of Frankfurt, Taunus Hills Nature Park is one of the region's biggest tourist attractions.

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Natural beauty and imposing landmarks, picturesque highlands and cultural and historical highlights – these are what make up the Teutoburg Forest / Egge Hills Nature Park, the largest in North Rhine-Westphalia .

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The Arnsberg Forest Nature Park is one of the most popular recreation areas and holiday regions in North Rhine-Westphalia, and its extensive wooded areas form one of the largest contiguous wooded area in Germany.

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This 1495 square kilometre nature park is located in the south-west of Saxony and spans from Schönberg in Vogtland to Frauenstein in the eastern Ore Mountains. Visitors can go to the spa resort Oberwiesenthal which, at 1215 metres above sea level, is Germany's highest town and located in the centre of the park at the foot of the Fichtelberg mountain.

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The nature park lies between the centres of Bayreuth, Hof and Weiden and the Czech city of Cheb (Eger in German) and today covers an area of more than 1000 square metres.

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