Best parks in Bavaria

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#1 - Berchtesgaden National Park
Bayern, Germany
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The Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the German Alps and is known for its incredibly beautiful landscapes. Many plant and animal species live here in forests, mountains, valleys and glaciers. Take a trip to the breathtaking lakes Hintersee and Königssee or enjoy the view with a refreshment at the summit of the Grünstein. You can get important information about flora and fauna in the national park center "Haus der Berge", which also surprises with its special architecture. The main information center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission is 4 p.m. There are also many other information points distributed throughout the national park. There are small exhibitions each, which deepen individual topics.Show more
#2 - Bavarian Forest National Park
Bayern, Germany
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The Bavarian Forest National Park extends along the Bavarian-Czech border between Bayerisch Eisenstein in the Regen district and Mauth in the Freyung-Grafenau district. On October 7, 1970, the large reserve was opened as the first national park in Germany. Together with the neighboring Šumava National Park in the Czech Republic, it forms the largest contiguous forest reserve in Central Europe. The motto “let nature be nature” applies to more than 24,000 hectares in the Bavarian Forest. According to this philosophy, the forests with their moors, mountain streams and peaks are allowed to develop into boundless forest wilderness according to their very own laws. This is how yesterday's economic forest becomes tomorrow's primeval forest. The result is a unique biodiversity. Rare animals such as lynx, otters, capercaillie or owl find a home again. There are also 16 species of beetles that are considered to be relics of the jungle and only occur in extremely natural forests. The particularly strong biodiversity is based, among other things, on the high proportion of dead wood, which is both the food base and habitat for hundreds of insects, fungi and birds. Natural processes of growth and decay in the forest ecosystem are permitted in the national park, in that dead trees or trees that have been toppled by wind remain in the natural environment. Thanks to around 350 kilometers of marked hiking trails, over 200 kilometers of marked bike paths and around 80 kilometers of groomed trails, the national park is wonderfully accessible for nature lovers. Circular hiking trails, which are marked by an animal symbol on a yellow background, always lead back to the starting point. Routes, marked by plant symbols on a white background, lead from A to B. There are also some long-distance hiking trails, for example the Goldsteig or the European long-distance hiking trail E6, with special symbols. Behavioral tips In the Bavarian Forest National Park you can experience largely untouched nature, relax and inform yourself. Please note - to protect nature, but also your person - the following information: -Always ensure that you have good equipment: sturdy shoes, drinks, a first aid kit, bad weather clothing and mobile phone, and don't forget your helmet on bike tours. This is for your own safety. -Please be aware of the dangers of falling trees and falling dead wood. The use of the trails is at your own risk. Please leave the forest in strong winds for your own protection. -Please stay on the marked paths. This serves to protect sensitive animal and plant species. - Cycling is only allowed on marked cycle paths in the national park. Mountain bike tours leading through the middle of the terrain or cycling on the hiking trails are strictly prohibited. - Spending the night in nature is prohibited in the national park. Please use the designated shelters and accommodations in the national park region for overnight stays. -Please don't leave any rubbish in the area! Dog waste bags or handkerchiefs have no place in nature either. Help keep our wild forest clean. Also observe the following rules: -Do not take anything with you. -Parking only in the signposted parking lots. -Fire only in designated places. -Do not let dogs run free. -Bathing not allowed. -Do not feed animals. - Don't worry animals. You can find more information on the homepage: https://www.nationalpark-bayerischer-wald.bayern.de/Show more
#3 - Naturschutzgebiet Ammergebirge
Bayern, Germany
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Ammergebirge Nature Reserve is the largest nature reserve in Bavaria and includes the six municipalities of Ettal, Oberammergau, Unterammergau, Saulgrub-Altenau, Bad Kohlgrub and Bad Bayersoien.Show more
#4 - Naturpark Steinwald
Bayern, Germany
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West of the A93, between the Fichtelgebirge and Oberpfälzer Wald, is the Steinwald Nature Park. The landscape is dominated by conifers that hide between bizarre rock formations. A well-known are the robber cliffs, bird cliffs and the Saubadfelsen.Show more
#5 - Franconian Switzerland-Franconian Jura Nature Park
Bayern, Germany
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In the north of Bavaria, between the cities of Nuremberg, Bamberg and Bayreuth, lies the Franconian Switzerland - Franconian Jura Nature Park, which was still called the Franconian Switzerland - Veldensteiner Nature Park until 2018. With a size of 2346 km², it is the second largest nature park in the state after the Altmühltal nature park. You can relax and discover a lot on wonderful hiking trails through romantic valley sections and wide Jura plateaus - the region is not called the land of castles, caves, rocks and valleys for nothing. The show caves can be explored with experienced cave guides. Canoeing, exploring museums or visiting castles and monasteries - you can find out what is possible at the numerous information points in the park. The information center in the "old station" Muggendorf is open daily between April and October from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Show more
#6 - Frankenhöhe Nature Park
Bayern, Germany
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The nature park Frankenhöhe is about 1,100 km ² in size and is located south, east and northeast of the city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria. Due to its excellent geographical position, the nature park is one of the sunniest spots in Germany with a diverse landscape. Mixed forests, streams, dry biotopes and vineyards provide an excellent home for a variety of species. In addition, the nature park houses several protected areas.Show more
#7 - Spessart Nature Park
Bayern, Germany
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The Spessart Nature Park, founded in 1960, is 1710km² in size and includes one of the largest forest areas in Germany. On the border with Hesse, it passes into the Hessian Spessart Nature Park. The nature park comprises a large part of the natural areas Sandstone-Spessart and Vorspessart. The Main River in particular shapes the landscape in the nature park. In the Hochspessart there is a wide-meshed network of deeply cut valleys in which small streams flow. The nature park offers a habitat for many unique animals and plants, such as the water buffalo, lynx, bats, pearl mussel and chess flower.Show more
#8 - Naturpark Nagelfluhkette
Bayern, Germany
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The Nagelfluhkette Nature Park is the first nature park to be located on both Bavarian and Austrian territory; it is named after the mountain range of the Nagelfluhkette. This consists of many round stones of different sizes that have been pressed together to form a conglomerate - or nagelfluh. This mountain world of the Nagelfluhkette is beautifully contrasted by the four large valleys that follow their course in a west-east direction. The animals and plants have also adapted to the diverse landscape. You can find capercaillie and black grouse, golden eagle and white-backed woodpecker, as well as purple gentian, stone carnation and silver fir. In addition to the Allgäu High Alps nature reserve and the Lechtal Alps, this nature park is one of the "hot spots of biodiversity" - it is home to an unusually large number of special species, which, however, are also threatened. The protection of nature is therefore a top priority in the nature park in order to preserve these unique communities. Visitors can discover the landscape on their own, or find out more on guided tours or in the nature park center in the Alpseehaus. Regional cuisine can also be discovered in culinary terms in the numerous LandZunge inns. The AlpSeeHaus Nature Park Center is open daily from April to October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from November to March daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on December 24th, 25th and January 1st)Show more
#9 - Bavarian Forest Nature Park
Bayern, Germany
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The Bavarian Forest Nature Park borders in the north on the Upper Bavarian Forest Nature Park and in the east on both the Czech border and the Bavarian Forest National Park. The park with its Danube floodplains, high-altitude spruce forests and raised bogs has existed since 1967 and is therefore one of the oldest nature parks in Bavaria. The defining landscape element of the park is the forest - it covers 50% of the nature park. It is a refuge for many endangered animal species such as the capercaillie, lynx, otters, corncocks and pearl mussels. A special highlight in the Bavarian Forest Nature Park are the NaturparkWelten - a museum experience in the Bayerisch Eisenstein border station. 7,000 kilometers of hiking trails and 35 nature discovery trails await visitors. You can find out more at 6 nature park information points. The Sonnenhaus information center in Zwiesel is open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Naturparkwelten is always open Wednesday to Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., during the Bavarian holidays and from July to October from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.Show more
#10 - Naturpark Ammergauer Alpen
Bayern, Germany
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The nature park was founded in 2017 and covers 227 square kilometers of the upper Ammertal, the northeast of the Ammer Mountains, the Laber-Aufacker massif and the tertiary coal mountains between Unterstogg and the Echelsbacher Bridge. The ice age moors offer unique flora habitat, so there are many types of orchids in the nature park, as well as the blue swamp star, fever clover and the yellow blooming Charles scepter. The traditional cultivation of the cultural landscape can be experienced with farm visits, animal visits and tastings.Show more
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