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.
Children learn surrounded by nature and real-life at the Draußenschule outdoor school in Ladenburg.
Marion Jöst is helping the walnut in Rimbach to regain its former grandeur.
An electric wheelchair makes barriers disappear in the Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park.
Out and about on the Old Rhine near Germersheim
A visit to the Bonsai Centre in Heidelberg
The 130-kilometre Nibelungensteig trail leads from Bergstrasse road to the River Main.
Freinsheim is home to Germany’s largest nursery for carnivorous plants
Paying a visit to the Geozentrum Tromm in the Odenwald
Anne and Matthias Gaul have planted large fields of lavender in Grünstadt-Asselheim.
An unusual piece of the history of medicine waits for you in Hainbachtal.
Honey from the Odenwald: the Willared Organic Apiary
Discovering the Kurpfalz-Park near Wachenheim
On the alpaca farm on Pferchelhang in Heidelberg
The Meckerei in Landau makes delicious products from goat’s milk
The Langbein Museum in Hirschhorn displays local history in a unique way
Ellen Müller and Rainer Stadler founded the ‘Quittenprojekt Bergstraße.’
How Gerhard Weickenmeier has equipped the Rietburgbahn near Edenkoben for the future
Going on a trekking tour in the Palatinate Forest
The Smart Pfad track in the Odenwald explains how the world works.
Riding on a mountain bike through the vineyards and woods of the Southern Palatinate.
Climate change becomes tangible in the Klima Arena in Sinsheim
Out and about on the Camino Incluso with the wheelchair user Mitsch Schreiner along the Bergstraße route
Harald Kranz is committed to fostering indigenous birds in the Dannhecker Wald forest—using a special trick.
A few tips on where to find amazing garden worlds in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.