The Harz mountain range in northern Germany now has treetop trail. The path leads through an old mixed forest in Bad Harzburg - about 25 meters above the ground.
Along the pathway of about 1,000 meters (0,6 mi) are over 30 stations where visitors can discover the nature and the history of the Harz region.
The walkway cost about 4.5 million euros (over $5 million) to build. Two million euros were funded by the European Union and the rest came from the municipality of Bad Harzburg. The Harz tourism association expects the treetop path to attract tens of thousands of visitors annually.
Guided tours about the forest and its wildlife will be offered. Night adventure hikes will also allow people to observe nocturnal creatures from the treetops.
There are so far 13 similar facilities throughout Germany, primarily in the south of the country. The most famous treetop walkway is located in the Hainich National Park in Thuringia.
ak/ks/eg (dpa, baumwipfelpfad-harz.de)