National Park Northern Black Forest
The first national park in Baden-Württemberg, founded in 2014, covers a narea of more than 10,000 hectares and is located on the main ridge of the Northern Black Forest between the "Schwarzwaldhochstraße" and the "Murgtal". In this large conservation area, nature develops completely without human intervention, as the natural development of the area takes precedence over its use. This preserves a valuable habitat for many animals, plants and mushrooms. Natural biodiversity will be promoted. Visitors can observe and get to know the pure and wild nature.
Current events, dates and facts can be found directly on the website of the National Park: https://www.nationalpark-schwarzwald.de/de.
National Park Centre
Natural forest development, nature conservation, the nature itself. This is how the special building that presents itself: the Ruhestein Nature Park Centre in the Black Forest. On 16 October 2020, the building was officially handed over to the National Park by Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann. In an interview, he describes the establishment of the National Park as a “departure into the future” as well as a highlight of his term of office.
The building is having long, overlapping bars looking like dead wood trunks. From the 34-metre-high observation tower, guests can enjoy the view of the 120-year-old forest. Inside, the diverse spatial contexts can be experienced over several floors: an extraordinary atmosphere that is much more reminiscent of a walk in the woods than of a walk through a building.
Facts at a glance:
Planning and construction: 2015 - 2020
Usable area: approx. 3200 square metres (3000 National Park Centre, 200 Wilderness Bridge)
Permanent exhibition: about 1000 square meters
Temporary exhibition: around 150 square metres
Construction costs: 35,5 million €