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Ready for spring Right now, plants and wildlife are slowly waking up from their winter slumber, and we are ready to witness it in all its splendour. Start planning your Easter break or sneak away for a cheeky weekend to welcome spring this March. We present a great selection of fabulous destinations to wave winter goodbye and enjoy the lush sceneries ahead of us. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE  I  PHOTOS: PIXABAY

Lakes, forests and mountains: when spring is just around the corner, most of us crave to spend time surrounded by beautiful nature. Across the DACH region, there are a number of inspiring locations to explore, so that you will return home with a ‘spring’ in your step.

hiking trip that much more enjoyable. Different trails ensure there is the right challenge for everyone, with the longest trail measuring roughly 22 kilometres between Endingen and Ihringen. Make sure you look for the beautiful cherry blossoms, which are always in bloom very early here.

Waiting for the cherry blossoms

Another great spot for cherry blossoms is the rose garden in Bern. It not only looks like an ocean of soft pastel colours, but also offers some fabulous views of the city. More cherry blossoms can be found during a hike at Nuglar-St. Pantaleon. The much-anticipated season for nature’s Instagram-worthy cherry blossom beauty starts around the end of March.

One such beautiful destination is a range of hills called the ‘Kaiserstuhl’ (Emperor’s seat) in the German state of BadenWürttemberg near Freiburg. The formerly volcanic landscape is known to show early signs of spring each March and also has plenty of wonderful vineyards. It is blessed with a lot of sunshine, which makes a 46  |  Issue 84  |  March 2020

Exploring lakes and forests A mesmerising region during spring is the Vulkaneifel in Rhineland-Palatinate. Here, nature lovers can admire the maars. These ancient wonders of nature go back to volcano-related eruptions thousands of years ago. The volcanic craters are now filled with water thanks to numerous mineral springs and make for a beautiful landscape. It might be a little too early to go swimming, but it’s a perfect setting to take a deep breath of crisp air and have a little picnic in the sun. The Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, located in the centre of Germany near Kassel, is as green as it gets. Think beautiful beech forests and, of course, the idyllic Lake Edersee. The park itself is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage ‘Ancient German Beech Forest’. Here, you can find hiking trails as far as the eye can see and you can also learn about the extraordinary biological diversity of European beech forests up-close.

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Discover Germany, Issue 84, March 2020  

The March issue of Discover Germany, Austria & Switzerland features numerous inspiring spring topics, such as the top ten garden highlights...

Discover Germany, Issue 84, March 2020  

The March issue of Discover Germany, Austria & Switzerland features numerous inspiring spring topics, such as the top ten garden highlights...