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Wonderful biodiversity in Germany – Outlook Traveler

From the azure Baltic coast to the rugged rocky Alps, Germany runs the gamut when it comes to experiencing nature’s wonderful delights. Testimony to our history and foundation of our future, the country’s biodiversity is also the gateway to its many cultural offerings.

Lakes, moors, waterfalls, ravines – the German state of Baden-Württemberg is as famous for its natural landscape as it is for the many university towns that dot the region. The focal point there is the Schwarzwald or the Black Forest. A paradise for adventurers and nature lovers, the forest has incredible cultural significance. Home to the world famous cuckoo clocks, the centuries-old craftsmanship still resonates with takers today. Another tradition that has stood the test of time, in the heart of the forest, is glass work. As the region abounds with all the natural resources necessary for glass blowing, the art flourished. Visitors can also indulge in a learning session on mouth-blown glass.

The country is also taking regular steps towards sustainable tourism. Schmilka, a small village in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, takes visitors back to simpler times. Hospitality with green standards, focus on hyperlocal cuisine, absence of wifi to limit electromagnetic pollution, small initiatives guarantee holidays that highlight the green side of Germany.

The European country has also been at the forefront of forest conservation, with almost a third of its land being densely forested. Germany’s forests therefore offer visitors the opportunity to disconnect from their busy schedules and reconnect with nature. Put on the map by Peter Wohlleben’s best-selling book The Hidden Life of Trees, the Palatinate Forest calls on nature lovers to seek out a glimpse of the life that resides in the forest. A pristine landscape of ash, maple and lime trees, Hainich National Park aims to protect the native beech forest, which can be marveled by circular paths and a canopy walkway.

Germany’s varied geography also results in abundant wildlife here. The mountains are home to Alpine ibexes, wolves, while in the forests reside smaller animals like European wildcats, badgers, deer and red foxes. The chamois, a species of goat antelope native to European mountains, is also often seen in the Alps. If you have your hiking boots, don’t forget a pair of binoculars to observe them. If you’re lucky, you might also spot a spotted salamander, a pesky amphibian with black skin and yellow stripes. May we suggest you keep your distance as these salamanders secrete neurotoxins.

If mountains are crowns, then Germany’s many lakes are its pearls. Lake Alpsee, located in Bavaria, is a popular tourist destination for its proximity to Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, two castles that offer the best views of the pristine blue lake. At the southern end of the Black Forest is Lake Titisee, whose shores are dotted with spa hotels that make

to its eponymous city. For hikers and hiking enthusiasts (not to mention photographers), Lake Hintersee, close to the border of Berchtesgaden National Park, is the perfect evening spot.

And if you want to see mudflats, just head to the Wadden Sea, the largest contiguous expanse of mudflats in the world, in which multiple symbiotic marine communities thrive. Due to the tidal water, the sea floor is exposed twice a day, allowing visitors to walk on the sea floor and explore the unique marine life that has adapted to the demanding environmental conditions. In the conservation area is Hallig Gröde, a swamp island, which is Germany’s smallest municipality with less than a dozen inhabitants. A short hike in the area allows you to discover many plant and animal species, including crabs and cockles up to harbor seals and porpoises. Due to its importance in terms of intangible natural value, the International Wadden Sea has been included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List, alongside the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Grand Canyon in the United States. .

And the stars of Germany’s diverse natural landscape are the Bavarian Alps. Dotted with small villages, health centers and ski resorts, the Alps offer opportunities for skiing, hiking, paragliding and other adventure activities. The Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain flanked by three glaciers, and Neuschwanstein, a 19th-century palace nestled in the Bavarian Forest, offers a glimpse into Germany’s rich biodiversity.

This is a sponsored article in collaboration with the German National Tourist Board, India.