Nationalpark Black Forest
It is unique how well a forest floor can smell when the sun is slowly warming the dew or when a thunderous summer storm subsides and the raindrops sparkle on sedges. People have been living from the forest here for centuries. From the wood, from the blueberries and mushrooms. That accounts for the cultural landscape that the old traces of the mail coach wheels can still be detected in the granite with a practised eye or the huts in which the tree trunks were earlier sent down the valley. Welcome to the Nationalpark Black Forest!
A tremendous hurricane devastated large areas of these dark forests on December 26, 1999. Suddenly nothing was like previously. When the first shock was over, the people wanted to use the opportunities that this storm also gave. Large areas should from now on be left to themselves because people wanted to learn from nature how they coped with the damage. The Lothar path initially came into being as memorial and in the meantime as living proof that nature had won the biodiversity. A short time later, there was then also the Lynx path because the animal was resident again and since 2014 a complete North Black Forest National Park because it was recognised how valuable these untouched areas are.
A lot of information can be found in the Ruhestein nature conservation centre for whoever would like to intensively occupy himself with flora and fauna.
What is fascinating is this old, traditional landscape next to a natural landscape that is now free to develop itself again. There are many excursion destinations in the Black Forest. Hiking, walking, jogging, mountain bike trails, flying in gliders, climbing or winter sports; simply everyone can get his money’s worth here. And fortunately, there are always cosy and comfortable rest points 😉