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A Wooden Tree Top Tour You Want to Do in Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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France’s Tallest Wood Buildings to be Built on a City Block

Bouygues Immobilier is excited to get this wooden building ready for tenants to live in. Photo Credit: Talking Forests

Bouygues Immobilier is excited to get this wooden building ready for tenants to live in. Photo Credit: Talking Forests

A new block of tall buildings made of wood is planned for Strasbourg, France, and the first one is already almost finished. The Sensations building broke ground this winter, is being built by Eiffage Construction and is making quick progress. The City of Strasbourg had a grant funded competition and this wooden design won in 2013. Bouygues Immobilier gladly hosts this amazing project in France. The building planning, design and permits started in 2014 and the permit was obtained in 2016. Specialists worked behind the scenes to find the places where they could source eco-friendly materials to build with and adapt to the regulations within France.

The Sensations building houses apartments for people to buy. Living in natural wood will increase happiness in the people. Photo Credit: Talking Forests

The Sensations building houses apartments for people to buy. Living in natural wood will increase happiness in the people. Photo Credit: Talking Forests

The building floor plan has three towers with eight, ten, and eleven stories. The foundation is of concrete to reinforce the structure and special insulation on the inside to seal the building. They plan on having 146 apartments that people have already started buying and they will have one to four bedrooms from 30-120 square meters. The main material used in this building will be cross laminated timber (CLT). The CLT wood is from an Austria company named KLH and Altibois came to the site and built all the walls in just seven weeks. Once they were built, the cranes started lifting them into place mid-January.

The building is going up quick and offers some great scenery to look at. Photo Credit: Talking Forests

The building is going up quick and offers some great scenery to look at. Photo Credit: Talking Forests

One amazing thing is that they plan to use geothermal energy from the ground below. The outside will have cladding once everything is close to being finished and all tenants will be living in wood and from the land’s energy below.

http://www.klh.at/en/

https://www.bouygues-immobilier.com/

http://www.eiffageconstruction.com/

https://www.strasbourg.eu/

No matter which apartment you choose, the views will be breathtaking of France and Germany! Photo Credit: Talking Forests

No matter which apartment you choose, the views will be breathtaking of France and Germany! Photo Credit: Talking Forests

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Netherlands Wooden Tower That Will WOW You- Pompejus

Talking Forests had the opportunity to see the Pompejus tower a week after the grand opening. Driving out to Fort de Roovere was serene and beautiful in the low morning light. Parked under a canopy of broadleaf trees that were not blooming, yet. Still, the colors of Fall on the ground. The striking tower off in the distance is surrounded by a moat.

Surrounded by a moat, Pompejus stands proud on Fort de Roovere

Surrounded by a moat, Pompejus stands proud on Fort de Roovere

The moat was easy to go through and you were able to walk on water. Not literally, but the stairs lead you down into a wooden walkway and back up into the courtyard where the tower stands proud. The feeling you have when you are walking through water, but not in the water was extraordinary.  

A feeling worth going to feel yourself. Walking on wood in the water! 

A feeling worth going to feel yourself. Walking on wood in the water! 

Thankful that Inhabitat and ArchDaily did some features early this year to have this wooden structure on the travel agenda. Accoya “wood was specified because of its durability, stability and low maintenance benefits in external applications.” This wood is the face of the structure. Steel is easily covered by this striking wood. RO&AD Architects chose this wood because of the capacity to last 50 years in an outdoors area without any problems.

Wood used in the tower and a view of the highway that can see the tower from a distance. 

Wood used in the tower and a view of the highway that can see the tower from a distance. 

Since Fort de Roovere is open to the public 24/7, this wooden landmark is also open for everyone to enjoy during all seasons. The community can use it as an event space and is a great open-air theatre.

Open outdoor theatre which is one of a kind in the Netherlands

Open outdoor theatre which is one of a kind in the Netherlands

For more information, go to www.pompejus.nl

Standing regal and tall in Fort de Roovere reflecting on the water it guards 

Standing regal and tall in Fort de Roovere reflecting on the water it guards 

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