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.

In the Volcanic Eifel, violent explosions and fire from the depths have blasted holes in the earth given birth to towering mountains. It was here that Germany's youngest volcano, the Ulmen Maar or crater lake, was formed 10,900 years ago.

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The Weserbergland Nature Park is nestled in the northern highlands of Lower Saxony, and visitors here are welcomed by a beautiful country idyll.

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Saxony's Zittau Mountains Nature Park is a scenic gem in the border triangle of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Here a cultivated landscape stretching back 1000 years has grown up alongside the meandering River Mandau.

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The nature reserve is situated between the forests of the Rennsteig and the castles on the Saale river – a picture-perfect landscape of mountains and valleys, streams and rivers, meadows and woods.

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The Uckermark Lakes Nature Park, a scenic area of forests and gently rolling hills with 200 freshwater lakes, is a paradise for swimmers, canoeists and nature lovers.

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In the Usedom Island Nature Park, popular seaside resorts on wide sandy beaches and imposing steep banks are juxtaposed with marshland, dunes and lakes surrounded by hill ranges.

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Discover the landscape of Germany's northernmost highlands. Whether you're a cyclist or hiker, a culture lover or a geology enthusiast, or whether you're just looking to relax, the TERRA.vita Nature Park and Geopark has something for everyone.

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The Westhavelland Nature Park west of Berlin is known for its water, particularly that of the Havel river and its distinctive marshland. It is also where you will find one of the darkest night skies in Germany.

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