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Schönbuch Nature Reserve

One of southern Germany‘s largest enclosed forests

Herbststimmung im Naturpark Schönbuch

Schönbuch Nature Reserve comprises close to 156 km² and is almost 86% forested; as such, it is one of southern Germany‘s largest enclosed forests. Approximately 200- 250 animals inhabit the red deer territory that makes up around 40 km² of the area.Representatives of particularly sensitive and rare species are also found within Schönbuch.

Located close by for more than 2 million residents of the central Neckar region who use the nature reserve as a recreation area and with close to 4 million visitors each year, this readily accessible nature reserve plays a vital role. It features an outstanding infrastructure for recreational activities, including many cycling and hiking paths, training and educational trails, resting areas, water treading pools, expanses of water, game viewing enclosures, special vantage points and distinctive feature trees; Schönbuch is deservedly a favourite getaways destination and hiking region for both young and old. The Nature Reserve offers several barrier-free options for the disabled.

Keuper landscape (formed more than 200 million years ago during the Triassic). The sandstones of Schönbuch have been used for construction projects such as the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), the Ulm Minster (Ulmer Münster) and the Tübingen Neckar Bridge. This resource is still extracted today in very small quantities for use in restoring historical buildings.

Distinctions and Awards  Woodland of the Year 2014 (in Germany) and Quality Nature Park (awarded by the Verband Deutscher Naturparke [Association of German Nature Reserves])

Nature Park Information Centre The Infocentre is located in the historical listed building, the Bebenhausen monastery “Schreibturm“ (tower)

Administrative Office Im Schloss, 72074 Tübingen-Bebenhausen
Tel . + 49 (0) 7071 602-6262, naturpark.schoenbuch@rpt.bwl.de