With a spring in your step…
It is officially spring time, and everything is in full bloom. Just like the plants, we are also craving a bit of sunshine and fresh air, so why not put your walking boots on and embark on a little adventure away? We present you with some of the best destinations to explore across the DACH-region this spring.
Regardless of whether your thing is to stroll across meticulously designed parks or if it is hiking in nature’s wild beauty, there is certainly the right destination for everyone this spring. Here is a handpicked selection of different ways to soak up the beautiful colours which nature has to offer right now.
Luneburg Heath, Germany
The Luneburg Heath, which the state Lower-Saxony is famous for, is a true gem if you are looking for untouched nature as far as the eye can see. Without a doubt there is a charming melancholic vibe to it and during spring time, it comes to life in a very special way. Between March and May, Luneburg Heath is a real hot spot for millions of migrating birds. The cranes, which are partly hibernating there, attract many bird watchers to the area. Their spectacular courtship dances are absolutely fabulous and genuinely worth seeing, even if you are not a hardcore bird enthusiast. The landscape itself takes on a dreamy candy floss look with the cotton grass turning it into an ocean of white fluff.
Eifel National Park, Germany
If you love daffodils but do not just want to admire them in a vase, the Eifel National Park in North-Rhine Westphalia is the place to be. Endless stretches are covered by the wild variety of this beautiful flower and attract many people to this area in spring. An estimated six million daffodils create a vibrant yellow carpet and near Monschau-Höfen it is particularly stunning. There is a hiking route just for the flowery spectacle called ‘Narzissenroute’ (daffodil route) and there are plenty of guided tours you can book as well.
Tulip Festival in Morges, Switzerland
This is a true insider tip and a real gem for any flower lover. Right at Lake Geneva, 120,000 stunning tulips await visitors each year. The beautiful festival at Parc de L’independance runs over six weeks from 30 March to 5 April 2019 and is free of charge. Around 300 different varieties of tulips are shown every year, starting to bloom from April. Vibrant colours in front of the stunning Alpine backdrop and the scenic lake make this an absolute highlight of the region. Crisp air from the mountains mixed with the irresistible scent of thousands of tulips – what is not to like?
Cycling across the Salzkammergut area, Austria
One of the most beautiful landscapes in Austria, the Salzkammergut area is best explored by bike. Especially in May when all the wild flowers are starting to bloom, the scenic route is a highlight to admire nature at its best. The cycle track is 345 kilometres long and guides cyclists past 13 idyllic lakes and various tourist destinations such as Salzburg. Rest assured, you do not have to be a professional cyclist to enjoy this lovely landscape as parts of the route can also be done by bus, train or ship – so there are no excuses.
Golden Gate & Baumzipfelweg Hinterglemm, Austria
The ‘Golden Gate Bride of the Alps’ is an impressive suspension bridge spanning across a lush green valley. It is 200 metres long and offers stunning views. The bridge is part of the tree-top hiking trail Hinterglemm, which claims to be Europe’s highest of its kind. Think lush forests and mountains as far as the eye can see. Along the tree-top hiking trail, there are various educational pit stops, which also make this the perfect destination for a family day out. If you like a bit more action, there is the High Rope Park, where you can ‘fly’ across the blooming nature via zip lines. No equipment is needed, so you can just turn up on the day.
Island of Lindau, Germany
Nestled on a small island in Lake Constance, Lindau certainly is a unique destination all year round – there is a reason it is also lovingly called the Riviera of Bavaria. Historic buildings and scenic parks invite guests to unwind and relax. In spring, there are plenty of blossoming fruit trees and various tours ensure visitors get to see them all. In the beginning of May, the ‘Gartentage Lindau’ (Garden days Lindau) are a platform for around 120 exhibitors, which not only show the best of the world of plants but also invite guests to indulge in great street food and enjoy live performances. Are you ready for a little trip?
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTO © PIXABAY
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