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Hainich National Park

Hainich – The 13th National Park In Germany

Germany is quite rightly well known for its national parks and this one is the 13th to be opened to the public. Founded in 1997, the park sits in a triangular area between three cities; Eisenach, Mulhausen and Bad Langensalza. Covering 160 square metres, the concept behind the new park is to restore some of the countryside to its primordial state.

Recreation, Fun And Tours In Hainich

The national park in Thuringia has the largest collection of deciduous trees in Germany. Full of oak, beech and birch as well as the usual pine trees, the forest is a great place to walk or cycle and offers both fun and recreation for everyone.

Events At Hainich National Park

If you take a trip to the Hainich National Park at the weekend both you and your children can take part in some of the special events that make this park such great fun. Treasure hunts, guided walks and even pony trekking are events that make a visit here such a unique experience.

You can hike around by yourself if you want some solitude or join in a tour with interesting facts supplied by the guide. All the trails are marked and one of the favourites is the Treetop Trail which leads you to the heart of this ‘jungle in the centre of Germany’. With breathtaking views over the treetop canopy, the trail ends at a tower which is 44 metres high.

Adventure, Flora And Fauna At Hainich

On the adventure trails in Hainich National Park you can follow the path to a series of stations where you will learn all the interesting facts about the plants and animals in the forest. You can also enjoy the Fairy tale nature trail which has fourteen stations, each with fairy tale texts. There are some unusual creatures to see like the wildcat and seven different types of woodpecker plus the 15 types of protected bats.

With its wonderful landscape, rare animals and protected species, the Hainich National Park is also surrounded by towns with a vast cultural history. You can enjoy some peaceful times in the forest and then explore the nearby towns that are rich with history.

Accommodation At Hainich National Park

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There is no shortage of accommodation near to Hainich National Park and you can choose from hotels, apartments or a guest house Inn.

Alpha Hotel Hermann von Salza

The Alpha Hotel Hermann von Salza is very good three star accommodation that is situated just 180 metres from Hainich National Park. The rooms have stunning views over the national park and all of them are classically furnished with excellent amenities. Each room has a flat screen TV with satellite programmes and free Wi-Fi.

If you are hiking around the park you can ask for a packed lunch and every day begins with a hearty buffet breakfast. Private parking for guests is also provided.

Pension Ujut

Rooms at the Pension Ujut feature a private bathroom and from this Inn you can order a bike rental. The Inn is popular with guests who want to hike or bike in the National Park which is very close by. Just 20 kilometres from Erfurt Airport, there is also valet parking and a friendly welcome in accommodation that has just six rooms. A sun deck and barbecue facilities are provided for when you want to relax and have some fun after a day at the national park.

Ferienwohnung Im Bürgermeisterhaus

The apartments at Ferienwohnung Im Bürgermeisterhaus will allow you to come on holiday with your pet. Each apartment features a sitting room and separate bedroom plus a fully fitted kitchen. Popular with hikers who are visiting the National Park, the accommodation also provides a flat screen TV with satellite channels and a CD player. The staff are friendly and all speak English so you will find a warm welcome at these apartments which also offer free parking.

How To Get To Hainich National Park

By Air

You can fly to several airports to reach Hainich National Park. Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf are all in reach of the park by train, bus or road.

By Train

From Köln/Bonn Flughafen airport take the train to Köln Hbf, regional trains run every 15 minutes. Change to an intercity train to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and from there trains run every hour to Eisenach. This is 32 kilometres from the park so you need to take a taxi or bus for the onward journey.

By Road

A bus runs from Köln/Bonn Flughafen airport twice a week to Eisenach Julius-Lippold-Straße. Change to a taxi to reach the park.

By car you leave Köln/Bonn Flughafen via the A4 and then change to the A3 and then A5 motorway. The journey time is around 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Things To Do Close To Hainich National Park

Sightseeing At Hainich

The Wartburg Castle in Eisenach is a medieval building that is on the UNESCO world heritage site list. Inside there is a wealth of exhibits from the medieval era.

Next to the castle is the Drachenschlucht, a valley that leads up to the Hohe Sonne. After this walk you may need some refreshment to regain your strength and for this there is a beer garden at the top.

Interesting Museums At Hainich

The Automobile Welt Eisenach is also an interesting place to visit. Cars that were manufactured in the Eastern bloc are shown and there are some really unique models like the camping car. Next to the cars are some 1950’s and 1960’s period pieces like TVs and maps which really give you a flavour of the times.

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