At the Hainich National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage region, world history comes face to face with the miracle of nature. The former military exclusion zone is now the largest unbroken area of mixed deciduous forest in Europe.
The Hainich National Park in Thuringia, between Bad Langensalza and Eisenach, is home to one of Germany's wild old beech forests. There are so many ways for visitors to explore this ancient woodland. During the winter, a sleigh ride comes highly recommended, whilst the well-signposted hiking trails or the Thiemsburg treetop trail at a height of 44 metres are very inviting during the spring, summer and autumn. Hütscheroda Wildcat Village is another firm favourite, giving visitors a chance to watch the animals eat their breakfast or take in the view of the Rhön Mountains, Wartburg Castle and the Thuringian Forest from a platform at a height of 17 metres.