The eagle’s eye view of Rügen from Binz

A new attraction outside Binz on Rügen is hoping to attract visitors and bring them closer to nature during their stay on the island. Outside the town a new nature trail has been built, which features not just an elevated section through the trees but also two towers. The higher of the two goes up as far as 82m above sea level, is shaped like an eagle’s nest and offers spectacular views across the island.

The nature walk in Binz seen from the base

The nature walk seen from the base

The first tower, however, starts at ground level and takes you up into the trees. From there, an elevated section takes you through the woods to the second tower. On the way there are a number of things to do, all of them optional. There are some alternative routes that contain see-saw type arrangements or wobbly boards to make the walk for children more interesting. And there are sensory tasks, such as listening to bird calls through what look like gramophone horns. [Read more…]

Volker Bouffier in the Hessentag nature park

On Wednesday (15th June) I was at the Maasgrund in Oberursel to join the press pack for Ministerpräsident Volker Bouffier’s tour of the nature park “Der Natur auf der Spur”.

Volker Bouffier visits the National Park Kellerwald-Edersee stand at the Hessentag in Oberursel

At the National Park Kellerwald-Edersee stand

Accompanied by his wife, Ursula, he first visited the National Park Kellerwald-Edersee’s stand, where he was interested in how the local population accepted the rules of the park. [Read more…]

The Hessentag Nature Trail

The Hessentag got underway in Oberursel this morning.  But before the grand opening one part of the festival was opened separately.  It is called “Der Natur auf der Spur”.

Roughly translated, that means “Nature Trail”, and the area is located at the Maasgrund – an area just outside the old part of the town where many people go for walks.

For the Hessentag the usually green fields have been covered with wood chippings and an assortment of stalls, tents and tractors have appeared to exhibit the latest countryside trends.

Lucia Puttrich opens the nature trail at the Hessentag in Oberursel

Lucia Puttrich opens the nature trail, in the background are the Hessentagspaar, the Hesse milk and honey queens, mayor Hans-Georg Brum, Landrat Ulrich Krebs and Detlef Stys

The area was opened by Lucia Puttrich, Hesse’s minister for the environment and the countryside.  With her were the Hessentagspaar, the chief administrator (Landrat) of Hesse – Ulrich Krebs, and Detlef Stys of “Hessen Forst”.  They were greeting by a group of Jagdhorn (post horn) players from Bad Homburg and Usingen. [Read more…]

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