Author and Photos by Talking Forests
Would you walk on a wooden tower through the forests even if you had a fear of heights?
A view looking down on the tree top walk wooden path into the German forest floor. Photo Credit: Talking Forests
Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife is a wooden tree tower walk in the Saarland region of Germany located on a unique bend of the Saar river. “Saarland is a forested, southwestern German bordered by France and Luxembourg.” I started the journey first thing in the morning and was surprised with an empty parking lot, but noticed some trail walkers. You pass under the tree top wooden bridge walk as you walk to the wonderful wooden buildings that house this wonderful administration of people who come together to provide the best experience for visitors.
I loved the offices here! Photo Credit: Talking Forests
What is the best part?
The smell of the trees and they even had some Douglas-fir which I was raised in, Western, WA. The education stops along the way were so nice and in different languages as well. You are walking on wood and even have little stops and jungle gyms to enjoy on your way up. This is a wheelchair accessible recreation activity to boot!
An easy ramp for anyone to enjoy this tree top walk! Photo Credit: Talking Forests
Once you see the tower, you feel your heart jump. It is a marvelous feat to build with strength and dignity. Once you start to walk up into the tower, you can still get 360 degree views no matter where you are in the tower. The river was marvelous and made for some nice shots on the way up. The design and woodwork that went into this structure are thoughtful.
A wooden path with amazing views! Photo Credit: Talking Forests
Where can you visit these tree towers?
Bavaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the newest one just opened in 2018 in Austria!
“Eight treetop trails including complementary facilities were built with a total investment of about 44 million euros in the Bavarian Forest National Park, in Lipno (joint venture), Rügen, in the Black Forest, on the Saarschleife, in the Czech Giant Mountains (Joint Venture), in Slovakia (Joint venture - Bachledka, High Tatras) and built in July 2018 in the Salzkammergut am Traunsee (AT).”-Erlebnis Akademie AG Check out the website for all the tree top walks here: https://www.eak-ag.de/eakag/ueber-uns/baumwipfelpfade/
The sheer strength of this wooden structure is shown here. Photo Credit: Talking Forests
What is Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife made of?
Nine laminated timber beams that are in a semicircle shape. The tree tower is 47 meters high and the top of the tower has a viewing deck of 70 meters2.
I am happy to start visiting these wooden wonders and bring you a virtual view of them.
Representing Women in Wood with my T-shirt of choice on the wooden tour! It was a little windy at the top. Photo Credit: Talking Forests
If you would like me to see any wooden wonders in Europe, just let me know and I will go and document them for you!
Also, for more information on women in wood check out the website: www.womeninwood.ca
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