Bad Iburg treetop trail
Since Niedersachsen’s State Garden Show in 2018, Osnabrücker Land and the TERRA.vita Nature- and Geopark have had a new attraction. Next to the garden show site, where the ground starts to rise from Bad Iburg up into the hills of the Teutoburg Forest, a 450-metre treetop trail has been built with support from Niedersachsen’s ministry of economic affairs. What makes this path special is the contrasts provided by the town, Iburg Castle, the forest and modern Kneipp therapies like ‘forest bathing’, a stress management method. The treetop trail is part of the spa’s forest park, which is home to many deciduous trees up to 250 years old. With their many cracks and hollows, the trees provide homes for five different species of bat. The site is also peppered with natural rejuvenations of trees of varying ages and species. Copses of conifers, some of which feature some real stand-out individual trees, enrich the forest landscape and provide ample variety.
You are sure to notice these different levels of the forest as you climb or take the lift up the 32-metre-high entrance tower. The stations along the path, which are shaped like birds’ nests, provide information about the nature, geology, history and unique personality of the forest. You return to the ground from the exit tower, which is only 11 metres high.
Under the leafy canopy it’s almost completely quiet: you can only hear faint voices in the distance, the twittering of birds, and the whisper of the wind. You can smell the leaves, wood and resin. The Bad Iburg treetop trail invites you to plunge into the forest and experience it in three dimensions. For more information, visit the treetop trail’s website.