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Ancient Beech Forests of Europe

The primeval beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe are the last remaining parts of a large beech forest, that once covered a large part of Europe. The ancient forests are indispensable to understanding the history and the evolution of the common beech (Fagus sylvatica) in the Northern Hemisphere. This ancient beech forests also holds the largest, the tallest and oldest beeches in the world. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany are situated in five protected areas: National Park Kellerwald-Edersee in Hesse, National Park Hainich in Thüringia, National Park Grumsiner Forst in Brandenburg, National Park Jasmund and National Park Müritz in Mecklenburg-West-Pomerania. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2011 as an extension of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Primeval Beech Forests of Slovakia and Ukraine, inscribed in 2007, several new locations were inscribed in 2017. The transboundary site now stretches over twelve countries and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as: Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe. Work of Art: Ancient Beech Forest and Primeval Beech Forest

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Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - National Park Müritz in Germany: The remnants of several beeches floating on a swampy lake. There are about hundred lakes in the...

National Park Müritz in Germany: The remnants of several beeches floating on a swampy lake. There are about hundred lakes in the national park, most of the lakes are surrounded by reed belts. The park contains one of the last remaining parts of the ancient beech forests, that once covered a large part of Europe. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany were declared UNESCO World Heritage in 2011.

  1. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - National Park Müritz in Germany: The remnants of several beeches floating on a swampy lake. There are about hundred lakes in the...

    National Park Müritz in Germany: The remnants of several beeches floating on a swampy lake. There are about hundred lakes in the national park, most of the lakes are surrounded by reed belts. The park contains one of the last remaining parts of the ancient beech forests, that once covered a large part of Europe. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany were declared UNESCO World Heritage in 2011.

  2. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe: Lake Müritz in National Park Müritz, one of the largest...

    Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe: Lake Müritz in National Park Müritz, one of the largest national park of Germany. Lake Müritz is the second largest lake in Germany, after Lake Constance. The Nature Discovery Center Müritzeum is the visitor centre for the park, situated on Lake Müritz, near the town of Waren. The highlight of the Müritzeum is a huge aquarium, the largest aquarium for fresh water fish in Germany.

  3. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - National Park Müritz: Serrahn is the most eastern part of the National Park Muritz. The park is separated in two areas, Müritz and...

    National Park Müritz: Serrahn is the most eastern part of the National Park Muritz. The park is separated in two areas, Müritz and Serrahn. Serrahn contains some of the oldest beeches, the Fagus sylvatica. Only Serrahn is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe. National Park Müritz is famous for its vast forests, numerous lakes, moors and swamps.

  4. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - National Park Müritz: The Church of Speck was built in 1876-1877. The small village of Speck is situated in National Park Müritz, west...

    National Park Müritz: The Church of Speck was built in 1876-1877. The small village of Speck is situated in National Park Müritz, west of Serrahn, the eastern part of National Park Müritz, the village is surrounded by ancient beech forests. National Park Müritz is located in Mecklenburg-West-Pomerania, a federal state in the northeast of Germany.

  5. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - National Park Müritz: A lake in Serrahn, surrounded by peaceful ancient beech woodland. There are about 100 lakes in the park, and...

    National Park Müritz: A lake in Serrahn, surrounded by peaceful ancient beech woodland. There are about 100 lakes in the park, and many wetland areas and brooks. Serrahn is part of National Park Müritz in Germany. The park is a haven for birds, such as common cranes and white storks. White-tailed sea eagles and Ospreys breed in the park. The numerous lakes in the national park are often used by migratory ducks. The red deer is common in the park.

  6. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - National Park of Kellerwald-Edersee is the first national park of Hessen. The park contains one of the last remaining parts...

    National Park of Kellerwald-Edersee is the first national park of Hessen. The park contains one of the last remaining parts of the ancient beech forests of Germany. The ancient beech forests are essential to understanding the history and evolution of the common beech, Fagus sylvatica, the ancient beech forests also holds the largest, the tallest and oldest beeches in the world. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2011.

  7. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - The Forest Church on the Kellerwald Forest Trail. The National Park Kellerwald-Edersee in Hesse contains one of the ancient beech forests of...

    The Forest Church on the Kellerwald Forest Trail. The National Park Kellerwald-Edersee in Hesse contains one of the ancient beech forests of Germany. One of the last large and complete beech woods is protected in the park. Natural forests, streamlets, meadows, and scree slopes form an unique ensemble. The National Park Kellerwald-Edersee is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe.

  8. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - An age-old border marking along the Kellerwald Forest Trail. National Park Kellerwald-Edersee contains a part of the ancient beech forests of...

    An age-old border marking along the Kellerwald Forest Trail. National Park Kellerwald-Edersee contains a part of the ancient beech forests of Germany and is also part of the transboundary UNESCO World Heritage Site: Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe. The site stretches over twelve European countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine.

  9. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - The primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe: Several other tree species can also be found in the primeval beech...

    The primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe: Several other tree species can also be found in the primeval beech forests, such as black pine, chestnut tree, holm oak and silver fir. The forest floor is rich with flowers and fern species. The ancient beech forests of Germany and the primeval beech forests of the Carpathians are the last remaining parts of a large beech forest, that once covered most of Europe.

  10. Ancient Beech Forests of Europe - The primeval beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe are the remains of a large forest, that once covered a great part of...

    The primeval beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe are the remains of a large forest, that once covered a great part of Europe. The primeval  beech forests of Germany are located in five national parks: Hainich in Thüringia, Grumsiner Forst in Brandenburg, Müritz National Park and Jasmund National Park in Mecklenburg-West-Pommerania, and National Park Kellerwald-Edersee in Hesse.