Did you know that up to a third of the land area in Germany is made up of forests? That is a substantial amount of forest.
Go here if you are going to Cologne, Düsseldorf or Bonn. Eifel lies to the south of these cities and borders to Belgium. The Eifel National Park has dark blue lakes and mountain ranges welcoming exploration by foot or boat. The park is about 110 square kilometers large. One fun addition is the Grand Prix track Nürburgring where you can go car racing. Not many national parks can offer that combination of peace and calm, with adrenaline-pumping car racing action!
This is just to the southeast of Berlin, close to the city of Ottbus. Although it is a smaller forest, just below 490 square kilometers large, it has more than 200 smaller canals that are perfect for canoeing and boating. If you want to go canoeing, then these canals should help your decision to go to Spreewald. There are plenty of canoe rentals to check out, such as in Burg and Lübbenau, among other towns in the Spreewald region.
Amid Germany, you will find the Teutoburg Forest. This is a long-range of hills covered with forests, not far from Osnabrück. This forest in North Rhine-Westphalia is more than 4000 square kilometers large, so you will not be lacking wilderness to explore. The area also has several lakes to see and go boating on. With more than 130 kilometers of bike paths, you can also decide on a quicker way to see the forested hills.
Enjoy any of these three options for heading into wild nature in Germany.
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