Would you like to meet the European nightjar at night?

The nocturnal European nightjar

If you hear a noise that sounds like the crack of a whip and a striking, monotonous purring, this rare creature is not far away. And not just this one, the Green Belt has the honour of hosting other rare bird species, such as great grey shrikes, whinchats and black storks.

Would you like to get to know rarities such as globeflowers or pasque flowers in the flesh, and not just from books? Have you ever wondered what flowers taste like, but you don't know which ones you can eat? Trained guides can not only answer such questions, but also set you on the track of lynx, European otters and beavers. The abundance of wild animals and plant species affords you a wide variety of sensual impressions.

Since natural habitats merge into one another, the observer is confronted with a landscape that appears to be unusually harmonic. The colour of the wilderness is not bright green, grass green or uniform green, but rather green-brown or the golden colour of old grass. And it is not "gloss varnished", but dotted, spotted, cloudy, shaded. You can also experience the rare and quiet magic of these landscapes.

Hills, mountains, gentle crests, spread out heaths, shale, mountain lakes, reservoirs, gurgling brooks, rivers, wet meadows and woods. High or low, dry or wet, north or south, lynx or beaver. It's up to you.

Heathland in the Green Belt, in the Franconian Forest/Thuringian Forest. Photo: S. Beyer