Germany has 16 particularly beautiful national parks. They are well preserved and offer a diversity of flora and fauna that will be new to many. Nature in its purest state! Find out more below.
We propose 6 itineraries where you can go hiking, mountain biking and road cycling in the great outdoors. Discover Germany while doing your favourite sport. Plan your next outing now!
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Berchtesgaden National Park
Route starting at Königsee lake that runs along the Schrainbach river, the Kärlingerhaus refuge (1630 m) and Funtensee lake. Virtually the entire route is uphill, so there’s a considerable elevation gain. Easy access thanks to public transport.
Black Forest National Park
Circular route to/from Zell. During the route through the Kinzigtal valley, you will cross forests of leafy conifers, almond orchards and vineyards. The trails are well signposted and maintained in top condition.
Bavarian Forest National Park
The route begins in Zandt, and along almost 90 kilometres, you will travel along a fairly rocky mountain range with small lakes and swamps until you reach Regensburg, the perfect spot for mountain biking. In 1970, the Bavarian Forest, with its 240 km², was listed as Germany’s first national park.
Harz National Park
This hiking trail starts in the small town of Torfhaus and is one of the most popular trails in the Harz National Park. In fact, about 200,000 people frequent this path every year. The route summits in Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz.
Saxon Switzerland National Park
Route starting in the German city of Pirna and ending at the border with the Czech Republic. Well-signposted and paved route with almost no elevation gain. The route is mainly through forests on the rocky formations of Elbsandstein. To return, double back along the same route.
Route along the Danube
Cycling route that runs along the Danube River’s course in Germany. Multi-day journey that can be divided into several stages, as appropriate.