Nature

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.

Horses for courses

Logging mare Mira helps with forestry work in Limbach

Living with the water nearby

The Leben am Strom museum and information centre in Neupotz

The world as a classroom

Children learn surrounded by nature and real-life at the Draußenschule outdoor school in Ladenburg.

A tough nut to crack

Marion Jöst is helping the walnut in Rimbach to regain its former grandeur.

Hiking on four wheels

An electric wheelchair makes barriers disappear in the Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park.

Through the Silence

Out and about on the Old Rhine near Germersheim

In the big world of miniature trees

A visit to the Bonsai Centre in Heidelberg

Hiking along Siegfried’s trail

The 130-kilometre Nibelungensteig trail leads from Bergstrasse road to the River Main.

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

Between merry-go-grounds and wolf enclosures

Discovering the Kurpfalz-Park near Wachenheim

Fluffy peace

On the alpaca farm on Pferchelhang in Heidelberg

What the “bleat” is going on?!

The Meckerei in Landau makes delicious products from goat’s milk

Chambers packed with curiosities

The Langbein Museum in Hirschhorn displays local history in a unique way

Dainty delight

Ellen Müller and Rainer Stadler founded the ‘Quittenprojekt Bergstraße.’

Gliding from time to time

How Gerhard Weickenmeier has equipped the Rietburgbahn near Edenkoben for the future

Pitching in the wilderness

Going on a trekking tour in the Palatinate Forest

Biking and riddling

The Smart Pfad track in the Odenwald explains how the world works.

Uphill towards magnificent views

Riding on a mountain bike through the vineyards and woods of the Southern Palatinate.

A journey into a heated future

Climate change becomes tangible in the Klima Arena in Sinsheim

On your way, without limitations

Out and about on the Camino Incluso with the wheelchair user Mitsch Schreiner along the Bergstraße route

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