Naturpark Thüringer Wald
Traditions in vogue
In the land of mountain meadows and forests
Thuringian forest glass has been around since the Middle Ages. The glassmakers made quartz flow with potash. Iron oxides in the quartz sand colour it greenish. Bubbles and streaks are also characteristics of handmade glass. Today, this tradition lives on in the Christmas tree decorations of the Lauscha glass artist.
The healing power of nature
Once upon a time, hunchback apothecaries collected medicinal plants from the mountain meadows and processed them into ointments, tinctures and teas. The remedies were carried on a wooden rack, the Reff, on their backs for a long distance on foot. Today, the warm hay bed is a wellness tip. Among other things, this makes the preservation of the mountain meadows profitable again - in the spirit of nature!
Flowering mountain meadows
Mountain forests are interspersed with grazed meadow valleys. Between flower-rich mountain meadows with bear's-foot, devil's claw and troll's-foot there are still grasslands where the arnica, a protected species throughout Europe, thrives. In summer, the scent of mountain meadow hay fills the air.
It is one of the largest contiguous forest areas in Germany. Mysterious spruce forests tie in with natural spruce mountain forests at high altitudes. From old beech-fir forests you can hear the tawny owl calling and the black woodpecker drumming.
In the past, the red deer wandered far and wide. Today it lives in hiding. Only in autumn do its rutting calls resound through the forests. Then it is breeding season. Hiking with the red deer - off to the Thuringian Forest Cube!
On the way ...
... over the Rennsteig
The Rennsteig is cult and a must for hiking fans. As a legendary high trail, it runs along the ridge of the Thuringian Forest. Over about 170 kilometres, it connects mountain meadows and forests, mining traces and mountain villages, historical boundary stones and grandiose distant views. The harsh mountain climate guarantees white winter days.
... to the Green Belt
It is full of life and reminds us of the time when the Iron Curtain divided Europe into East and West. Today it is a National Natural Monument where rare species inspire and German history comes alive.
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