Jasmund National Park encompasses a unique natural phenomenon: an ancient beech forest almost untouched by humans hands. Around 4,000 years ago, beech trees covered vast areas of Europe - today only a view primeval forest relicts remain.
Explore the World Heritage Site on Jasmund

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Forum at the Michael Otto Haus

Ranger base - exhibition - snack - forest children's playground

Directly on the most beautiful hiking trail in the north - the "Hochuferweg" -

you can find the UNESCO World Heritage Forum. A hiking base dedicated to the beech forests World Heritage Site on Jasmund and opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in June 2017.

Hikers and cyclists can learn about the Ancient Beech Forests phenomenon here or simply linger in the greenery and unwind. Children can let off steam at the surrounding forest playground.

Find out more on the website of the World Heritage Forum (Sorry, the content is currently only available in German).

The UNESCO World Heritage Site "Ancient Beech Forests and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe" preserves Europe's remaining forest wilderness. 

The World Forest Heritage consists of 94 sites in 18 European nations, which makes it the largest transnational World Heritage Site in the world.

Beech forests are one of the most endangered forest ecosystems on earth

Due to unprecedented overexploitation over the last 200 years, the old beech forests have been reduced to 0.02% of their former area of expansion. Today, they can only be found in a few areas in Europe, including the island of Rügen.

Jasmund - The World Heritage sub-area on Rügen

One of the 94 sub-areas is located in the heart of the Jasmund National Park. It covers an area of 493 ha and is one of the last intact forests in Europe. Together with four other sub-areas in Germany, it represents the most valuable remaining remnants of large-scale natural beech stands in our country.

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