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A visit to the "Baumkronenpfad" (treetop path) at the National Park Hainich, Thuringia, Germany


Contact Information:
Nationalpark Hainich
Bei der Marktkirche 9
99947 Bad Langensalza
Germany
Phone 011 49 3603/390728
Fax 011 49 3603/390720
Hours of Operation:
April to October daily between 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
November to March from daily between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Note:
We recommend to use e-mail or fax if you do not speak German
Actual location of the treetop path see map below.


During my visit of Thuringia in 2005 the "Baumkronenpfad". (treetop path) was still under construction. However, I received so interesting information that scheduled a visit in 2006 to add this unique attraction to our Internet travel guide for Thuringia.
I am glad that we did so because it was another day filled with new impressions of the internationally not too well know state which was part of the former GDR (German Democratic Republic).
As far as I know there have not too many tree-top paths created world wide and when you are in Thuringia you should spend the required time for a visit. Preferable when the weather conditions are good.
I hope the map on the right side will be of some help to find the "Baumkronenpfad" how it is called in German.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

We hat not problems to find the right direction because my son was driving and his car is equipped with a state-of-the art navigation system. Each required turn was announced in time and I am wondering why cars in Canada are not equipped with this feature without being forced to pay an arm and a leg for it. It would have saved me quiet a bit of gas.
Luckily this has changed in the meantime!
When we arrived we still found lots of free parking on a clean parking lot. The sun was blasting down and we hurried to an information hut to familiarize ourselves.
This was very helpful because we did not have a glue what to expect. Unfortunately, not a single word in English. The responsible people should visit the "Pummpälzweg" (see our web site) and see how nicely they designed their signs. You should never stop learning!
I will include the most essential information in this site.
It was shortly after 10:00 am when we arrived and we were one of the first visitors. The vendors were just opening their stands where you can buy later food and beverages.
Construction work around the tree-top path was still not completed. As I was told better washrooms are one of the priorities. I hope this will be completed soon because the present facilities are not exactly pleasant.
But please use them before you climb up to the path - you will not find any there.
Just follow the sign "Baumkronenpfad". Other signs direct you to different hiking paths which we did not do.
It is not allowed to leave those spathes in order to protect the primeval forest. Also smoking is banned to reduce the hazard of a forest fire.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
Signs for hikers

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
One of the oldest (far over 500 years!) and thickest oak trees of the park

Intentionally no human activities such as spraying against insects, taking out dead wood etc. are allowed.
The reason for that is to create a really natural environment with living conditions for many endangered species. For example a certain bats sleeps during the day time preferable in caves which they find in dead trees. Spiders and other insects find their living place in composting wood.
On our walk to the tree-top path we listened to the birds and enjoyed the clean air.
Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
The entrance area to the treetop path

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
The first small beer

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Elizabeth took several pictures from the place shown on the left. She was a great help by doing that.

I was told that musicians play occasionally from this tree top when special events take place.
This year we participated in various local festivities in Thuringia and we always had a good time.
Please join even when you do not speak German.
After we had purchased our ticket at the entrance in the small building we climbed up many stairs to reach the path. The building was built around a tree obviously to save it and as an additional attraction. I was not looking for the elevator and I can not remember having seen any signs.
I think it is a great feature for older or handicapped visitors. Next time I will use the elevator too. Thuringia has too many stairs - just watch!
The path has a length of approximately 300 m (980 feet) and is easy to walk. It is about 25 m (82 feet above ground.
The path is not carried by the trees. It is a solid construction using steel masts. Special attention has been spend to prevent any damage if the trees are moving during strong wind or a storm.
Please don't rush or you will miss things. Check for birds, butterflies and other creatures.
Especially woodpeckers prefer the tree tops of old trees because they find all kind of delicatessen here. Elizabeth was especially fascinated by the different views on the forest.
Local artists used wild animals of the "National Park Hainich" to beautify the path. Elizabeth took pictures of all of them. At the end of the path you could vote for your favorite one.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Being slow at the beginning more and more visitors appeared.
We studied the provided information, sat down on one of the seat benches made of solid wood and took many pictures. It was very relaxing and we agreed that it was one of the many highlights to visit in Thuringia.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
Wheel chair accessible!

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

We all enjoyed the different sights - not only Elizabeth.
Surprisingly, all the visitors, even the kids, kept quiet as requested by the park authorities in order not to disturb the wildlife. Nobody was smoking either.
It looks like the task to raise more interest in our environment and to protect it has been already achieved.
I learned that even researches are coming to watch certain insects.
Some Thuringians told me that too much money was wasted for the project to create this treetop path. I disagree. I believe it will pay off over the years. In addition it serves a good purpose.
It also will bring visitors from around the world to this beautiful region.
A proof is that the path has been extended since our visit.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
Don't miss to visit the National Park Hainich

It took us quiet a time to approach the end of the path. Several times we had to walk back because Elizabeth discovered something which my son and I missed.
I believe my wife could spend a whole day here on a comfortable lawn chair, a book and a digital camera with lots of memory.
More and more people came. Many of them were children.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

All of us were also interested to climb the sightseeing tower which we were approaching before it became too crowded. We expected an even more spectacular view on the Thuringian forest.
We were not disappointed as you can see looking at our pictures.
Our efforts were rewarded after climbing stairs and stairs again to reach the top of the tower which reaches a height of about 44 m (144 feet) above ground.
There was already almost a small traffic jam on the narrow stairs.
In the tower we could find more useful information about the Hainich area. The presentation even attracted the young people to read them.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

It was shown how the people in the stone age started to clear parts of the forest to use the land for agriculture until today today's efforts to turn a part of the remaining forest back to its original primeval status.
I wish the responsible people for tourism would add some English information to their self guided tour.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide

After climbing all the stairs everybody, except Elizabeth, felt hungry. All the food stands were open now and the visitors started to order typical Thuringian food. Mostly schnitzel, "Rostbrätel" (barbecued slice of pork), Bratwurst, baked goods or other sweets.
The gentleman in the picture below is eating a "Rostbrätel". I tried one too and it was tender and tasty. It is pork.

Baumkronenpfad, tree top path, Hainich, Thuringia, tourism, travel guide
Naturally you must not get fenced in to enjoy a beer with your food!

The national park Hainich offers many programs including some for children. We show a little bit of this in our web site about the Hainich Region.
Also guided tours are offered. To include all these information in our brief web site would exceed our limits for this still free web design activities. Just use the contact information shown on page 1 to address your questions and request for further information.
If we have raised your interest to visit Thuringia and the Hainich Region with the treetop path we achieved our goal.

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