Der Weser Skywalk an den Hannoverschen Klippen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Like float­ing on air: The Weser Sky­walk

En­joy fab­ulous views of the Teuto­burg Forest from the Han­nov­er Cliffs

Take a dif­fer­ent view of the world from on high: The Han­nov­er Cliffs provide breath-tak­ing views of the Teuto­burg Forest.

Sheer cliffs tumble in­to the depths, the river Weser glistens down be­low while the eye wanders to gnarled old trees in the dis­tance. Vis­it­ors who scale the heights of the Weser Sky­walk near Wür­gassen on the east­ern fringe of North Rhine-West­phalia will be re­war­ded with mag­ni­fi­cent views of the up­per Weser val­ley. From this 80-metre-high vant­age point, the land­scape of the Teuto­burg Forest takes on a whole new as­pect. Vis­it­ors who dare to step onto the open grat­ing, which juts out over the rus­set Han­nov­er Cliffs by more than four metres, will be re­war­ded with the unique feel­ing that they are float­ing high above the river.

There are a num­ber of ways to reach the Weser Sky­walk. From the car­park on top of the cliffs, the view­ing plat­form can be reached along a 300-metre path. Vis­it­ors ar­riv­ing from the centre of Bad Karlshafen and its rail­way sta­tion can take a two-kilo­metre-long trail to the ex­traordin­ary view­ing plat­form. Fi­nally, from Wür­gassen, the ?Holzweg? path leads to the at­trac­tion while provid­ing lots of in­ter­est­ing in­form­a­tion about forests and tim­ber along the way.

Rare plants and but­ter­flies at home on the Han­nov­er Cliffs

Whichever route hikers and walk­ers choose, they will end up in a unique nat­ur­al hab­it­at dom­in­ated by the Han­nov­er Cliffs. The rocks here are home to the great sur­viv­ors of the plant world. These in­clude lichens, which can get by with the bare min­im­um of nu­tri­ents. Trees have also flour­ished here for cen­tur­ies since the steep slopes have made the area all but in­ac­cess­ible to for­est­ers.

One sur­pris­ing dis­cov­ery for such north­erly climes is the abund­ance of but­ter­flies on the Han­nov­er Cliffs. As the south-fa­cing cliffs re­ceive plenty of heat from the sun dur­ing the day, which they are able to store at night, they have be­come home to many spe­cies which usu­ally prefer warm­er re­gions like the Medi­ter­ranean. Well over 500 but­ter­fly spe­cies have already been iden­ti­fied in this sec­tion of the Weser, and they have been joined by oth­er an­im­als and plants which are usu­ally found at more south­erly lat­it­udes. 


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Blick auf Herstelle und Würgassen, © Hermann-Josef Sander
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