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Hainich National Park

Embedded in a rich cultural landscape, the Hainich National Park has far more to offer than just jungle-type forest and rare animal species. Located at the heart of Germany, Hainich is enclosed by cultural surroundings offering undiluted history - unusual for a National Park - with towns like Bad Langensalza, Eisenach or Mühlhausen, and these surroundings have also left their mark in Hainich itself. Here, visitors can experience what is meant by leaving nature alone. Fascinating forest landscapes in one of the most primeval of German forests, a piece of unspoilt wilderness, with rare species like wild cats, seven types of woodpecker and numerous beetles and mushrooms.

A great highlight is the Treetop Trail, from which you can see the primeval forest from a very different perspective. Visitors can enjoy cycle and hiking routes, adventure trails, exhibitions and a rich cultural environment at any time of the year.

Programmes for school classes and kindergartens:
Nature walks, adventure classes for different age groups and on different topics 

Various events throughout the year on the topics:
rangers, forest, animals, children, plants, birds, research day, fairytales, music, photography, carriage ride, mushrooms

Brunstal adventure trail
Nature for everyone, 3 kilometres in length, total of nine stations where visitors can touch, hear or read lots of fascinating things about animals and plants in Hainich.
You will find information on barrier-free facilities at the end of the page.

"Feensteig" (Fairy Hill) fairytale nature trail
Walkers can encounter fairytales and Nature in an unusual way; total of 14 stations; fairytale texts are an additional key to finding the secret entrances to Feensteig.
You will find information on barrier-free facilities at the end of the page.

"Silberborn" adventure trail
3 kilometres in length; visitors can test their knowledge of Nature and learn a lot of fascinating details about the animals, plants and eco systems of the Hainich National Park; nine adventure stations with comparisons of characteristics of trees and humans, forest oracles and interesting quotations.
You will find information on barrier-free facilities at the end of the page.

Opening hours

Opening times of the National Park Information Centres in Bad Langensalza, Kammerforst, Berka v.d.H. and Behringen: April - October: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat/Sun/public holidays
November - March: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon - Sun, in Bad Langensalza 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat/Sun/public holidays
Please note: annual programme of excursions under www.nationalpark-hainich.de

Services

  • Snack bar
  • Language: German, English
  • Parking for coach: 2
  • Parking for car: 10

Accessibility

Restricted access for wheelchair users Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Toilet fully accessible for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons

The "Brunstal" Adventure Trail is 3.5 km long and barrier-free throughout. It offers fascinating infos about forest and meadows at 9 stops. Visitors with walking difficulties and wheelchair users as well as the blind and visually impaired can enjoy it even without an accompanying person. At least 2 hours should be planned for the circular tour.
Disabled parking spaces are available but not separately marked.

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Accessibility

Restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons

No steps on the Fairy Hill (Feensteig). Some sections have ascents or descents between 6 and 10%. Signs have been affixed at wheelchair height. Disabled-friendly toilets conforming with DIN standards are available in the grounds of the campsite 150 metres away from the car park.

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Accessibility

Restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons

The course, surfacing and direction of the "Silberborn" Adventure Trail have been changed to make it barrier-free. The gradient was not able to be completely compensated, so there is now a route of just under 3 kilometres with maximum ascents of 10% and a shorter version of about 2 kilometres with a 5% ascent. There are listening stations at which sagas are presented in the form of plays, and high-contrast signposting. Blind dogs are permitted. There is no guide system for the blind. In general, a visit with an accompanying person is recommended.

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Accessibility

Restricted access for wheelchair users

The Pension Ponyhof carriage (tel. 036254/70039) has space for three wheelchairs (access via a  flexible ramp) and accompanying persons. Thus wheelchair users are able to travel to the heart of the National Park.

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Contact information

Nationalpark Hainich

99947 Bad Langensalza

Telephone: +49 (0) 3603 - 39 07 0
Fax: +49 (0) 3603 - 39 07 20

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