The Beech alone defines the appearance of natural beech forests. Their beauty is magical in the changing seasons.
A seemingly endless green canopy stretches across mighty silvery-grey columns of beech, laying a veil over valleys and hills. The change of the seasons is marked by unique colour changes. The changing light conditions in the beech forests are an impressive result of the annual leaf fall. Colourful blooming carpets in spring, a bright green early summer, and a golden autumn accentuate the scenery.
A living World Heritage for everyone
This unique and exceptional Natural World Heritage can be experienced and discovered on site! Making a World Heritage Site accessible to visitors is an integral part of World Heritage education. The World Heritage Convention proposes to communicate the value of UNESCO World Heritage to all people, to inform them about its importance, and to gain their support for the concept of conservation. For visitors – tourists and local residents alike – the individual properties offer a multitude of opportunities for this: With their visitor centres, they provide insights into the precious ecosystem of the European beech forest with its flora and fauna. Guided tours and hands-on activities on site make the excursion into the Natural World Heritage a special experience.
Nature is paramount in Natural World Heritage: Its preservation for future generations is the objective of the UNESCO recognition! Help to preserve this natural heritage of the world and get informed about possible hiking tours and trails within the World Heritage ahead of your visit, and remember:
Letting nature be nature also means respecting core zones and staying on the tracks!
In 2015, the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention agreed on a greater emphasis on the sustainable development of the World Heritage areas and on the involvement of the local population (“Policy on the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention”). Find out more
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