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Nature of Germany - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Germany has an incredibly picturesque landscape; there are 14 national and 95 natural parks. In the north of the country, you can find ice. Dense forests prevail in the central part; the Alps are located in the south. Several large rivers - the Rhine, the Danube, the Elbe - are found here. There are numerous lakes too, the largest of which is the Bodensee. The largest national park, Schleswig-Holstein Watts, is located in the north of the country, on the coast of the Wattee Sea and occupies more than 400 thousand hectares. The park is in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Almost 2/3 of lands is regularly flooded during high tides or are permanently under water. There are about 10 million different birds, 2 000 species of insects; common porpoises, gray seals and horsehead seals live in the waters off the coast of the Wattee Sea.
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Another northern national park is the Pomeranian lagoon located off the coast of the Baltic Sea. This is a very picturesque place with a rich animal and green worlds and a complex terrain. Wild boars, deer, otters, roe deer, mouflon, and various small mammals live in the park. Fans of animals can get unique impressions in the Eifel Park, in the west of the country. There are about 900 representatives of animals included in the red book. Among them, a black stork, a forest cat, a wall lizard have to be mentioned. The park serves as a shelter not only for them, but also for the centuries-old beech forest. This is one of the most important ecological objects in the country.
Travelers really like the Kellerwald-Edersee park in the central part of the country. Numerous hiking trails lead through incredibly beautiful places on its territory. One of these trails - Ederiz - stretches for 68 kilometers and goes through an ancient beech forest. During walks, you can find nesting black storks, eagle owls, tawny owls, and small owls. Another picturesque place is the Bavarian Forest, located in the south. The basis of the forest is formed by coniferous trees, but you can also find maples, alders, yew trees, and even 50-meter plane trees. There is the glacial lake Rachel with herds of deer living next to it. Tourists will enjoy safe routes and even a special camp. Copyright
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A route for cyclists laid in Valley of the Oder reserve starts in the city of Schwed. One of the sections of the road passes along the dam offering a spectacular panorama of the forest. The total length of bicycle trails in the park is more than 200 kilometers. The Luneburger Wilderness Reserve with perennial pine forests is very popular among cycling tourists. The unusual terrain of the park of Saxon Switzerland is so attractive to travelers that some areas were even closed to visitors in order to protect them from human interference. There is also the man-made Lichtenhain waterfall, which is popular among travelers.
In the heart of Munich, there is the largest city park called English. It occupies about 4 square kilometers and is the favorite vacation spot for locals and visitors of the city. Every day, about 50 thousand people come to the park. There are several small attractions on its territory: the Chinese tower, the Japanese tea house, the beer garden, the nudist fields, and the Sant Emmeram bridge. A historic medieval tower was reconstructed in the Babelsberg park in Brandenburg. A fortress and a large palace were preserved, which were used by William I and the Princess Augustus. This is a very picturesque place for walking, excursions, and outdoor recreation.
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♥   National Park 'Bayerischer Wald' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Berchtesgaden' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Eifel' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Hainich' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Hamburgisches Wattenmeer' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Harz' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Hunsrück-Hochwald' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Jasmund' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Kellerwald-Edersee' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Müritz-Nationalpark' . On the map   Photos

Famous places and sights of Germany

Kolner Rathaus

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Kolner Rathaus is another outstanding architectural monument of the Renaissance style. It is one of the oldest building in the city, the first mentions go up to the 1330 year. Since the building, the historical construction was absolutely ruined and rebuilt, however, some original elements were saved. During the Second World War the building was seriously destroyed, only in the 1950s, it was reconstructed from the old sketches.

The main element of the architectural complex is the 61 meters tower, that was built in the 15th century. Five stored tower is decorated with outstanding sculptures. There you can see about 120 figures of outstanding historical leaders, holy people and honorary citizens. Nowadays in the building has placed an interesting museum of Roman civilization.

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Heidelberger Castle

From the series “Famous Buildings of Renaissance Architecture”
An old Heidelberger Castle is the main landmark of Heidelberger city. It is located on the hillside and grandly rises about the city. The first mentions of this castle go up to the 1225 year. In the second half of the 17th century, the castle was destroyed after the next aggression of Louis XIV. After this, the historical construction was partly rebuilt. The last owner of the castle was Count Charles de Graimberg. He ordered to reconstruct the castle. A large reclamation works has lasted for a half of a century.

After the reconstruction in the 19th century the castle became an attractive place for foreign travellers. Every year about a million people visit it. Outside the castle has spacious terraces with a marvellous panorama of the city. The last owner of the castle has made up an … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Germany

Fans of long unhurried walks should visit the park named Great Tiergarten (Großer Tiergarten). There are also some places of interest on its territory. These are Church of St. Matthew, one of prominent religious sights of this place, and a famous historical monument - Victory Column. Walk to the middle of the park, and you will reach a beautiful area called Big Star. There is one more park near the city center. This is Treptower Park mostly famous for its memorial cemetery, where are buried … Read more
Munich is the location of the world's largest museum of natural history - German museum. Its halls store more than 17 000 priceless artifacts. The opening of the museum took place in 1903. During the excursion visitors will be able to hear about all important scientific discoveries of the last century. They are welcome to become witnesses of interesting experiments and listen to entertaining lectures. Each year German museum is visited by a million and a half of people. Cathedral of Our Lady … Read more
Petrikirche is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The first chapel on the site of the modern cathedral was built yet in the 11th century. Two centuries later it was decided to rebuild the chapel and turn it into a massive church. The beautiful gothic building has survived till these days in almost original state. Its interior is still decorated with artful murals created yet in the beginning of the 15th century. Hauptkirche Sankt-Michaelis Church is the most famous religious landmark of … Read more
Imhoff Stollwerck Chocolate Museum was opened not so long ago, in 1993. It is named in honor of the major company that produces favorite sweets of many people. The museum has a collection of interesting exhibits that have direct or indirect connection with the production of chocolate. Since this museum is a unique facility of its kind, there are always many visitors here. Excursions for visitors are organized every day. The first building on the site of the modern Town Hall was built in the … Read more
Frankfurt am Main
Alte Oper is considered the most important monument of the late 19th century; it has been one of the most important opera halls of the country for more than a hundred years. The Opera house was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War; the outstanding cultural center was restored only in the 70th years of the last century. There is also Frankfurt Opera House in the city, where the most important and large-scale cultural events are held. In one of the busiest streets of the city … Read more
The story of this educational facility is very unusual. Napoleon Bonaparte issued a decree concerning the opening of the Institute back in 1811. Military failures affected the plans of the Emperor, and the opening of the university was postponed for an indefinite period of time. The university was opened only in 1966. Market Square is a great place for walking. You will find many interesting excursion sites next to it. This is the location of Court Garden - a beautiful park, which was founded … Read more
Bruhl terrace is the best place to spend a wonderful romantic evening. The terrace is located not far away from Palace Square. A picturesque promenade, an abundance of cozy cafes and restaurants - not only visitors, but also locals enjoy making their unhurried walks here. Fans of classical music will be genuinely interested in visiting Dresden opera, which is considered one of the best venues in Europe. The building, which houses the Opera, is also quite interesting. Initially the first house … Read more
Schloss Solitude deserves special attention and it can be safely called the most prominent monument of the 18th century. This is an incredibly beautiful building in the Baroque style; a long time the castle housed a military school. Among religious buildings, Leonhardskirche and Domkirche St. Eberhard are considered the most spectacular; they have managed to preserve the original look. The Landesmuseum Württemberg invites tourists to get acquainted with the history and culture of the city. … Read more

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