It comes naturally to a region that is named after two rivers: Although the large towns of Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg are located at its centre, the area surrounding the Rhine and the Neckar is green—lushly green, indeed: More than a third of the surface, an area as large as 213,000 hectares, is composed of forest. That’s not including the three reserves: Palatinate Forest Nature Park, Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park and Geo-Naturepark Bergstrasse-Odenwald. You can find practically all types of landscape here, except for alpine and seaside conditions: So come with us and explore it from the urban landscapes in the Rhine Rift Valley to the Odenwald and Palatinate Forest low mountain ranges with their sun-kissed slopes along the Haardt range and the Bergstraße area and to the hills of the Kraichgau and Bauland regions. We will show you how climate change has changed the grape harvest and fruit crop, or where to best do forest bathing in the Palatinate, or that you can climb through geological history high up above the Neckar river.

Hungry plants

Freinsheim is home to Germany’s largest nursery for carnivorous plants

High up, deep down

Paying a visit to the Geozentrum Tromm in the Odenwald

Into the blue

Anne and Matthias Gaul have planted large fields of lavender in Grünstadt-Asselheim.

The Gleisweiler health shower

An unusual piece of the history of medicine waits for you in Hainbachtal.

The bee whisperer

Honey from the Odenwald: the Willared Organic Apiary


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