Jasmund National Park Sassnitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

Beech forests used to cover most of Europe but, over the centuries, humans have destroyed most of them. Either we needed the land or we used the wood for construction and fires.

In Germany, there are five small sections of beech forests remaining that have been protected. One of them is Jasmund National Park on the north coast.

It has a unique appearance, compared to the others, because it is right on the edge of the water and the trees grow right up to the white cliffs. There are some walking trails further inland but the viewpoints on the cliffs are the real highlight here.

You can see more photos here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/12/jasmund-national-park-germany-beech-forests/

Ancient Beech Forests of Germany