I must admit that I once though Germany is not a country where I would enjoy traveling to. I though it is just too serious, too strict and too boring. But now that I have been traveling to Germany over and over for the past couple of years, I am realizing how wrong I was.
Germany is not only culturally and historically rich country, it is great destination also for outdoor enthusiasts and a country where all generations can find something for themselves.
On our recent roadtrip, we were impressed over the Bavarian Forest National Park, but I must admit the Waldwipfelweg was even a bit better experience. The Waldwipfelweg might be smaller, but extremely diverse, so the whole family can have fun there even with limited time…
Why Waldwipfelweg is perfect for all generations?
The Sky Walk is made out of local larch and offers amazing views 30 meters above the ground. The path is suitable for wheel chairs and baby strollers, but some kids visit it with their pushbikes.
The Sky Walk also includes a short suspension bridge, viewing platform and four wooden thrones of wind spirits. There’s also an interesting display of birds, which will put a shine on your little travelers for sure.
The whole Sky Walk and the forest path is done as a learning path. It will be interesting for everyone, as you can learn a lot about nature from it.
There are many pictures and sounds included in the learning path, so it will be very interesting for kids too.
Visitors can see alpacas, as the Waldwipfelweg has many there.
Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
The Waldwipfelweg is full of playing areas. If it is raining there’s one big indoor area, but if the weather is good, you can enjoy outside. Some playgrounds are for older kids, but there’s even one for toddlers, including toys.
The cave with smells
There’s a nice climbing wall for kids right next to the entrance/exit of the cave with smells. At the beginning you will be greeted by an owl. Later on, you will be able to meet different forest animal species and learn how they sound. At the end, you will also be able to test your senses and see how many smells you recognize.
Cave of illusions
You will be able to see how illusions are made and how our mind works. We can test all the oddities in practice. There’s even a path of optical phenomena outside the cave.
The house upside down
The entrance to the upside down house has its own entrance fee (2 EUR/pp) and only 25 people can be in the house at once, so it can get a bit crowded when waiting.
The house is totally »normal«. It has a kitchen, living room, bathroom, children’s room and a master bedroom… The only difference is that everything in it is upside down.
Practical travel tips to visit Waldwipfelweg
Where to sleep?
You can easily spend half of the day in the Waldwipfelweg. Just one kilometer away is also another theme park Rodel Paradise, which is also a great family destination – especially for kids being more than 4 years old. If you’ll want to visit both of them, we’d recommend you to stay one night somewhere close, to really enjoy and make maximum of your visit.
The nearest town is St. Englmar, where you can find all kind of accommodations for different budgets. We checked some ourselves too and we really liked the Gasthof-Hotel Dilger. It is 6 kilometers out of St. Englmar town, but it has a great value for everything that offers. You can check photos and reviews here.
Where to eat?
Inside of the Waldwipfelweg is a big self-service restaurant and cafe. Don’t expect first class culinary, but the food which is served is tasty with good price. Mostly local specialties are served, so you will for sure get to know Bavarian culinary here – roast pork, dumplings, sausages, sauerkraut, salads… You won’t go wrong when trying the Bavarian desserts like Apfelstrudel with vanilla sauce and Germknoedel – filled dumpling with plum jam, served in a butter sauce and with poppy seeds on top.
When is the best time to visit Waldwipfelweg?
We visited Waldwipfelweg on a sunny Saturday and that is why many people were there – from locals to domestic tourists. Luckily the Waldwipfelweg is spread out on a large area, so the crowds were not so bad. But if you have the possibility, we would definitely recommend you to visit the park during the weekdays.
Waldwipfelweg is open year-round. In fact, during the festive December and four Advent weekends, everything gets a totally new look, as the Christmas fair takes place then. Can you imagine the Sky Walk covered in snow and lightened with lights? I think we just found a new idea for our next Christmas markets trip.