Among the Trees (Photo Credit: Diana Lotti)

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Treetop Walkway in the Black Forest

A walk high up and among the trees and a smooth glide down via a spiral slide

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The school year in Germany is slightly different from where I grew up. I grew accustomed to attending two semesters of school with 6–8 weeks of vacation in between.

In Germany, it feels like the school year is just that, the whole year. However, the holiday calendar provides two weeks off in October, December, February, April, and July. During the Fall break (October), our family decided to explore the Black Forest, also known as the Schwarzwald.

The Black Forest is a mountain range located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, and it stretches from there all the way to the border of Switzerland. Needless to say, it is vast as it is 99 miles long and 37 miles wide. As such, exploring the Black Forest can take many days.

One of the many activities we partook in was a canopy walk, also known as treetop walkways, or in German, Baumwipfelpfad.

High Above (Photo Credit: Diana Lotti)

The idea of these canopy or treetop walkways is to have pedestrian access to the forest but from their upper regions. We walked along a wooden bridge with bird-eye views of the endless forest. Along the way, we saw many birdhouses in different shapes with occupants enjoying their food.

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The specific treetop walkway we visited has a total length of 1,250 meters and a height of up to 20 meters. As we walked along the wooden bridge, there were observations areas and information boards about the different animals that live in the forest. We compared bird footprints as we completed a comic booklet answering the many questions about nature, animals, and the landscape of the forest.

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Diana Lotti

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