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Forest etiquette

The forest is a natural space that develops dynamically and is exposed to constant climate and weather events.

You may enter the forest for the purpose of nature-compatible recreation, but for your own safety you should keep in mind the typical dangers of the forest as well as the listed rules of conduct.

Please remember to wear sturdy shoes and clothing suitable for the weather when visiting the forest. In general, entering the forest is at your own risk.

What is the right way to behave in the forest?

  • Bear in mind that branches can break off and fall at any time when visiting the forest and please watch out for stones and roots in the path.
    Be sure to avoid visiting the forest during thunderstorms & storms. During thunderstorms, avoid tall individual trees in particular, as there is a risk of being struck by lightning. Even after a storm, there is still an increased danger from falling branches or falling trees!

  • Please stay on the signposted hiking trails.
    Please understand that in addition to the typical forest hazards described above, forestry work and hunting operations may also have an adverse effect.

  • Please do not leave any rubbish in the forest; take it back with you or dispose of the rubbish in the rubbish and recycling bins provided.

  • Open fires are strictly prohibited in the forest due to the increased risk of forest fires. Only use the specially created fireplaces. When leaving the fireplace, make sure that the fire is completely extinguished. Please also pay attention to the current forest fire danger index of the German Weather Service.

  • Please adhere to the smoking ban in the forest. Throwing away burning or smouldering objects is strictly prohibited.

  • Please behave quietly in the forest and show consideration for animals and other visitors.

  • Please treat the plant world with care. If you are not sure whether plants, mushrooms or berries are harmless, please just leave them in the forest.

  • Please keep dogs on a leash.

  • Please use the paths designated for cycling and also show consideration for walkers.

  • Please use the signposted parking spaces only.
    Parking at forest entrances or on forest paths can obstruct the access of rescue vehicles or wood removal. In addition, driving on forest roads is reserved for forest vehicles and forest owners only.

  • Please be sure to follow the signposted diversions and do not enter any closed paths or areas! In particular, this includes entering closed-off areas during felling work, forestry & hunting operations, and hunting facilities such as high seats as well as climbing timber piles (timber storage areas).

  • Please also observe the respective forest laws of the federal states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia as well as the specific rules of conduct in nature reserves and in the area of the Harz National Park.



In an emergency, please indicate the nearest designated rescue point if possible.

If necessary, make a note of the letter-number combination shown at the rescue points.



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