Last week, we spent a couple of days on Germany’s biggest island, Rügen, to celebrate Amy’s forth birthday and as it’s been a couple of years since I last visited the island, we obviously had to do some exploring. The Baltic Sea island in the north east of Germany is changing all the time and one of its latest attractions, for tourists and locals alike, is its majestic Baumwipfelpfad, a treetop path hidden in an unspoilt beech wood forest only a stone throw away from Prora Bay beach.
The Rügen’s Baumwipfelpfad opened about two years ago and is the highlight of the island’s Natural Heritage Centre which offers guided walks, presentations and lots of hands on workshops for school classes and groups who want to learn more about the island’s flora and fauna. The path itself is a little shorter than a mile and suitable for literally everyone: It’s easily accessible for wheelchair users or people using a zimmer frame or buggy. It’s wide and not very steep as you will see in some of the images below and there is a lift leading you onto the first level of the walkway.
The first part of the Baumwipfelpfad, about half a mile long, leads through the different layers of woodland and gives a great insight into the different habitats of the island’s beech wood forest. Along the way, children and adults alike find a dexterity path challenging your coordination and balance skills as well as lots of well edited and interactive stations that allow you to read up on different animals or biological processes taking place in a forest or experience them first hand through experiments or puzzles.
The absolute highlight of Rügen’s Baumwipfelpfad however is the actual beech wood tower. It’s 42 meters high, 650 meters long and leads you onto a plattform that offers you the most stunning 360 degree view over the Prora Bay beach area from 82 meters above sea level. It can get pretty windy up there, but the views are simply beautiful. You can see the church spires of Stralsund on a sunny day and if you get really lucky, you are able to watch the white-tailed sea eagles on their adventures.
For more information:
Naturerbe Zentrum RÜGEN
Forsthaus Prora 1
18609 Ostseebad Binz / OT Prora
Telefon: 038393 / 66 22 00