One of the most interesting places to visit in every country of the world are the landmarks in the UNESCO world heritage list. Germany is celebrating 41 such attractions. 3 of the listed ones are natural landmarks. Who are they? We will present them with pleasure.
One of the most interesting and popular in the world is Messel Pitt Fossil site – the place with exceptionally well preserved ancient fossils. This is the most important place in the world for any scientist or a curious person who wants to take a look peek 57 million years back in the past. On the site, you will learn how mammals evolved and you can view over 1,000 species of fossils of plants and animals.
There are over 40,000 fossils found there. Part of the fossils has retained entire skeletons, while others are in parts of the body and even the contents of the stomach. Up to now, more than 30 full skeletons have been restored. The unique location is situated on an area of 42 hectares in the German Hessen province, in the Darmstadt district. The place can be visited with a guide.
Wadden Sea is a nature reserve. The North Sea coastal ecosystem covers an area of 11,000 square kilometers and includes the three Wadden Sea National Parks of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hamburg and Denmark, and the Wadden Sea Nature Conservation Area in the Netherlands. And although Germany is not well known for its beaches, we challenge you to visit the area. You’ll see that the landscapes are extraterrestrial beautiful. The white beaches seem like you are at an exotic ocean destination.
And the green lush meadows where you can see different wildlife just complement the picture. In addition, here you can feel like walking on the water, cruising along the seashore with a variety of birds looking for an easy lunch. The tides every six hours radically change the landscape, as if with a magic wand. In the distance, with more luck, you can also see seals and harbor porpoises.
The third natural landmark of Germany, included in the UNESCO list, extends to the territories of 12 countries, Bulgaria among them. These are the beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe. Going down among the trees, which once covered undisturbed almost all of continental Europe, is today rational and inspirational.
At the heart of the Mecklenburg Lakes region, there are beech forests. For a long time the rulers of the region, the local dukes preferred the tree shadows for hunting and forbade any interference to avoid disturbing the game. So, walking through the forest paths, you are expecting a fairy tale every moment behind a pond.
You can enjoy this beech tree magic also just an hour from Berlin’s capital Berlin, in Grossmosen Grove, in the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve in Brandenburg. In the deep valleys, alternating with peaks, you can read the testimonies from the last Ice Age. If you are a fan of the preserved woods, do not miss to visit the beech paradise of Hainic National Park in Thuringia and the Kellerwald-Ederzee National Park in Hesse.