Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald

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The 1,150-metre-long wooden walkway, which slowly winds through all the floors of the forest and culminates in a 42-metre-high observation tower, not only opens up completely new visual perspectives on the forest and its inhabitants. Completely made up of native woods and wheelchair-accessible, the path also extends the viewing angle with a variety of excitingly prepared information about the forest and its sustainable use through forestry and hunting.

Experience the forest from a completely new perspective

On the Steigerwald treetop path not far from Ebrach, you can experience otherwise unreachable plains of the forest ecosystem in the trunk and crown area. The path runs spectacularly at the height of the treetops and is a total of 1,150 meters long and mainly made of wood. The highlight is the 42-metre-high, chalice-shaped wooden tower, which opens upwards. The path winds up on the outside of the tower to a circular approach on the highest level, on which you have a magnificent panoramic view over the wooded landscape of the Steigerwald.

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Biologists have known it for a long time: to understand the forest ecosystem, you have to go high. For far away from the dark forest floor, in the bright heights of the crown region, the bulging life rages. Here birds and squirrels build their nests and kobel, here live countless insects, spiders and other crawling animals.

Since March 2016, you can mix with this high society on the treetop path near Ebrach in the Steigerwald without rope and crampons. The 1,150-metre-long wooden walkway, which slowly winds through all the floors of the forest and culminates in a 42-metre-high observation tower, not only opens up completely new visual perspectives on the forest and its inhabitants. Completely made up of native woods and wheelchair-accessible, the path also extends the viewing angle with a variety of excitingly prepared information about the forest and its sustainable use through forestry and hunting.

The path is located in the Upper Franconian town of Ebrach, in the heart of the Steigerwald, bavaria’s second largest deciduous forest area. The north in particular is characterized by extensive beech forests. With the oldest beech trees of the Republic stand here, hide more than three hundred annual rings under their cinders and protrude over 40 meters into the Franconian sky.

The landscape of the Steigerwald is unique. Mixed deciduous forests alternate with open, richly structured field corridors and orchards. The cultural landscape is characterized by forest and viticulture, because the Steigerwald World Heritage Site is a cultural forest that has been created by man over the centuries. The Bavarian State Forests are responsible for a large part of the forest areas in the Steigerwald. Deciduous forests of beech, oak, maple and other deciduous trees grow here by nature, along with fir and pine. Other conifer species, on the other hand, often have problems rooting the loamy clay soils well.

Benefits and protection: How forestry works in the Bavarian state forest – especially in the Steigerwald – can be found in the tops of the treetop path. Four zones present important topics of forestry. Just click on the different icons and learn more:


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