Tree house at the beginning of the "Baumkronenpfad". A trail built up high in the trees
So today is my first day in Thuringen visiting my dad. He had picked me up in Bavaria
and then we drove the ca. 5 hours to Erfurt. This was of course yesterday, cause this woman needs her beauty sleep. Today my dad has planned a trip to the Hainich National park in Thuringen. The park was opened in 1997 mainly to conserve the very old beech tree forest here. The park itself is 18780 acres big. There's a Baumkronenpfad located near Bad Langensalza. It's basically a trail that is built high up in the trees. When my dad had first told me about it I was thinking probably some shaky old bridge from one tree to another but it really isn't. It's actually a very new structure built in 2005 out of steal and wood.
Beginning of the "Baumkronenpfad"
The path is 44m up in the air and is 308 m long. Doesn't seem too long but there is lots to see on the way. For only 6 Euro we made our way up from the entrance and then explored the trees. There are a bunch of wooden sculptures on the way. On one of the signs it says they were made by local artist. The beginning and end of the trail is a huge watch tower. From the top the view must be pretty awesome when the weather is right. We had no such luck, but we climbed it anyways. On the top floor there's an open air platform from where you can look around 360 degrees. Like I said, with the rainy weather we had we didn't see much. Just how big that park really is. There was a sign with arrows pointing in all directions showing how far it was to other National parks. It had Yellowstone on it, which I thought was interesting. ;-) Cant exactly remember what the distance was though.
On the way back to the parking lot there are a couple of food stands with Thuringen's famous Thuringer Bratwurst, probably the best sausage in all of Germany. (Sssshhh, don't tell my fellow Bavarians. hahaha) So we had a snack before we went on to our next adventure! :-)