15.05.2012 24 °C
I was looking forward to Germany for the fresh air, great scenery and the everlasting hikes. Germany has a wealth of unspoilt natural landscapes. Its flora and fauna are wonderfully diverse and often unique perfect for experiencing nature at its best. Germany's nature reserves, biosphere reserves and national parks do a great job of conserving the landscape while retaining a strong appeal to visitors. Whether completely unspoilt or shaped by the hand of man, many of these destinations are unique around the world. Admiring the scenery on foot, horseback, by bike or on board a boat, brings you closer to nature, gives a deep sense of relaxation, and makes you feel at one with your surroundings. Nature at its best! Germany has no fewer than thirteen national parks whose landscapes, biodiversity and often rare plants and animals are deemed worthy of conservation. One interesting fact is that Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park is the largest national park in central Europe. Located in Schleswig Holstein, only one third of its area is not permanently under water. The Wattenmeer as a whole is the largest unbroken area of mudflats in the world and extends from the North Sea coast of the Netherlands all the way to Denmark. You can experience an unspoilt natural landscape of dunes, beaches and salt marshes. Of special interest are the Halligen, small islands unprotected by dykes that disappear beneath the waves during storms and spring tides. The mudflats provide a habitat for around 3,200 animal species. Starfish, crabs, snails, mussels and mudflat worms can be found along the water's edge. The national park provides nesting grounds and resting areas for a large number of migratory birds, making it a very popular tourist destination thanks to all the nature and wildlife. If you’re looking for nature walks and lots of green scenery Germany is the place for you.