Germany: 6 spectacular national parks. Choose yours!

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.

Sport: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Distance: 13 km
Duration: 4 h
Maximum altitude: 1.689 m
Elevation gain: 2.243 m

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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.

Sport: Hiking
Difficulty: Low
Distance: 16 km
Duration: 4 h 45 min
Maximum altitude: 671 m
Elevation gain: 716 m

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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.

Sport: Mountain Biking
Difficulty: Medium
Distance: 86 km
Duration: 5 h 30 min
Maximum altitude: 483 m
Elevation gain: 1.024 m

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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.

Sport: Hiking
Difficulty: Medium
Distance: 19 km
Duration: 4 h 30 min
Maximum altitude: 1.142 m
Elevation gain: 438 m

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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.

Sport: Mountain Biking
Difficulty: Low
Distance: 66 km
Duration: 5 h
Maximum altitude: 216 m
Elevation gain: 1.068 m

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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.

Sport: Cyclotourism
Difficulty: High
Distance: 593 km
Duration: Several days
Maximum altitude: 711 m
Elevation gain: 4.762 m

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