At the heart of adventure – the Urwald-Life-Camp

Evenings by the campfire. Spending the night in the teepee, high up in the tree house or outside under the stars. A picnic in the forest. Seeking traces. Always out and about. Loads of fresh air. Here in the "Primeval-Forest-Life-Camp" Harsberg, wilderness is the name of the game – for schools, youth groups and families.

The "Urwald-Life-Camp" is located near Lauterbach in the west of the national park. Children and young people can learn, play and stay in tree houses made of wood in this adventure youth hostel with a twist. Environmental education, experiencing nature and team spirit are in the focus of the stay. A comprehensive range of projects is there to entice the senses and stimulate the youngers' phantasy and natural desire to move.

  • Foto: Tipies zum Übernachten im Urwald-Life-Camp
    The teepee village in the Urwald-Life-Camp
  • Foto: Nationalparkinformation am Harsberg.
    The National Park Info Point Harsberg
  • Foto: Das Forscherzelt im Urwald-Life-Camp
    The Explorers' Tent in the Urwald-Life-Camp
  • Foto: NAKUNDU-Saal in der Jugendherberge Harsberg
    The NAKUNDU Room in the Urwald-Life-Camp
  • Foto: Die Baumhäuser unter Schnee versteckt
    The tree houses under a blanket of snow
  • Foto: Raftingtour auf der Werra
    An excursion on the river Werra


"NAKUNDU – Adventures in Hainichland" is an interactive game of roleplay: an adventure-based learning offer in form of an oversize game with boardgame and quiz elements as well as experiments that can be booked as part of a three-day school trip of year 4–6 pupils to the youth hostel Urwald-Life-Camp. The aim is to promote a basic understanding for nature and sustainability in pupils and to question one's own lifestyle and consumerism. In teams, the pupils learn about the characteristic features of the surrounding nature and region.

The three-day programme includes, for example, teambuilding exercises, an excursion through the national park and nature park with a focus on "Education for Sustainable Development" with several games as well as a jovial evening by the campfire. The NAKUNDU Game takes place on the second evening.

NAKUNDU is a cooperation project of Hainich National Park, Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park and the German Youth Hostel Association in Thuringia.

Website Lauterbach Youth Hostel

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Youth Hostel Lauterbach "Urwald-Life-Camp" Harsbergstr. 4
99826 Lauterbach / Thür.

+49 36924 / 4786-5+49 36924 / 4786-4