Hainich National Park

Nationaalpark Hainich
Nationaalpark Hainich / Bild Thomas Stephan

With the motto “Let nature be nature”, the “primeval forest in the middle of Germany” – the Hainich National Park – inspires its visitors. It has a size of 7,500 hectares, was established in 1997 and has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2011.

In spring, the Hainich National Park attracts people with its rich variety of early bloomers. In May, hikers are delighted by the thick carpets of wild garlic. In the wilderness of the natural beech forest, wild cats, woodpeckers, bats and Co. find their homes. Numerous events on environmental education are dedicated to this biological variety on the largest non-used deciduous forest area in Germany the most popular attraction of which is the canopy walkway. At its foot, the National Park Centre also provides information about the UNESCO World Heritage “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Old Beech Forests in Germany“ to which the Hainich National Park belongs. From the total of 19 excellently signposted paths and circular trails, you can marvel at age-old beech forest remains and impressive tree veterans.


The Hainich National Park>> Let’s start the film!

Event programme “Participate”

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Here you will find the event programme 2018 of the Hainich National Park >>

National Park Centre of Thiemsburg

National Park Centre of Thiemsburg

The 700 m² large exhibition “Discover the Hainich secrets“ is unparalleled: the forest habitat is presented here in a modern and interactive way – with special focus on the beech. The secret star of the Hainich Park is hidden in a multi-vision box – a short film showing the wildcat in its natural habitat. The motto “Let Nature be Nature“ runs like a red thread through the whole exhibition: early bloomers, creatures of the underworld, migratory birds. What can be found among other things is for example a “love nest”, a trial canopy walkway, a cosy sitting corner with story-telling eggs and an experimental platform. It is possible here to acknowledge the value of nature, to be inspired to contemplate and to promote sustainable action. The exhibition is barrier-free.

Address for visitors: hikers’ parking lot at the Forsthaus Thiemsburg, Alterstedter Chaussee 1, 99947 Bad Langensalza.



National Park Administration Hainich
Bei der Marktkirche 9
99947 Bad Langensalza

phone (03 61) 5 73 91 40 00
fax (03 61) 5 73 91 40 20


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Hainich Bus

Prachtige wandelbusThe “Hainich Bus“ connects the two UNESCO World Heritage sites Wartburg and Hainich. Nature fans and persons interested in culture can commute between Eisenach, the Hainich National Park and Bad Langensalza by bus. 

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