Nationalparks and Nature Parks in Bavaria

Protected by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection, both National Parks representing natural wilderness and a high diversity of the flora and fauna.

In several European countries, Nature Parks are established as large-scale nature reserves. Nature Parks make an important contribution to save biological diversity in cultural landscapes. Since 1963 the non-profit Organisation Association of German Nature Parks (Verband Deutscher Naturparke - VDN) has been the umbrella organisation for Germany’s Nature Parks.


Bavarian Forest National Park

Bavarian Forest National Park »

You will be enchanted by an unspoilt low mountain range landscape of which up to 95% is covered by forest. Besides extensive woodland areas, the national park offers mountain peaks with fascinating vistas of nearly endless forests.

Lake Königssee

Berchtesgaden National Park »

The Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the oldest protected areas in the Alps and part of the alpine territory near the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden in the southeast of Germany. It is a lush expanse of 218 square kilometers, with altitudes ranging from 540 meter at lowland Königssee to the towering Watzmann Mountain (2670 m).

Nature park Upper Bavarian Forest

Nature Park Oberer Bayerischer Wald (Upper Bavarian Forest) »

The Nature Park Oberer Bayerischer Wald is with 179,600 hectare the largest nature park in Bavaria. Mountains lie Großer Arber (1.456 metres), Kaitersberg (1.132 metres) and Hoher Bogen (1.073 metres) as well as the river valleys and lakes give the nature park a charming and varied landscape.

Upper Palatinate Forest

Nature Park Nördlicher Oberpfälzer Wald (Nothern Upper Palatinate Forest) »

In the north-east of Bavaria, at the border to Czech Republic lies the Nature Park “Nördlicher Oberpfälzer Wald”. The nature park area combines a lot of different kinds of forests in its landscape. There are only 500 metres in between the lowest point of the Naab Valley and the Entenbühl of 901 metres.

Nature Park Spessart-Mainland

Nature Park Spessart »

Deep grounds, rolling slopes and hills are characteristic for the Spessart- landscape of the nature park between Main, Sinn and Kinzig. The Spessart Mountains of the nature park reach an elevation up to 600 metres..

Arnsberger Leite

Nature Park Altmühltal »

In the middle of Bavaria lies the Nature Park Altmühltal. The most beautiful and known are the Danube resurgence between Kelheim and Monastry Weltenburg, the group of rocks called „12 Apostle” in Esslingen near Solnhofen and the natural monument „Steinerne Rinne“ near Wolfsbronn.

Bavarian Forest

Bavarian Forest Nature Park »

The Bavarian Forest Nature Park is situated in the southeast of Germany, between the Danube and the ridge forming the Bavarian-Bohemian border.

Aerial view on Saaleck castle

Nature Park and UNESCO- biosphere reserve Rhön »

The Nature Park Bavarian Rhön is situated in the middle of Germany in the three-land-hit Bavaria, Hesse and Thuringia. Since 1991 large parts of the nature park are accredited by the World Heritage Organization UNESCO as a biosphere reserve.

Lake Weißstätter See in nature park Fichtelgebirge

Nature Park Fichtelgebirge »

Granite-, rocks towers and the labyrinth of Luisenburg are the emblems of the Fichtelgebirge.

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National park Bavarian Forest © Nationalparkregion Bayerischer Wald/ Manfred Delpho