EAFRD Funding

Hainich benefits from Europe investing in rural areas

The National Park Centre and its exhibition "Discover the Secrets of Hainich", the "Root Den" and the Canopy Walk attract around 200,000 visitors every year. The Canopy Walk was opened in 2005, the exhibition in 2008 and the "Root Den" in 2016. Hainich National Park has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage site "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany". This topic will now be integrated into the National Park Centre with the help of funding by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 2014-2020.


The basic approach to this project is a gentle modification of existing elements and an unobtrusive extension. Selected existing elements, amongst them some central ones (e.g. film and "Seasons Clock") will be equipped with "world heritage" content. In the course of revising and supplementing the content it will also be necessary to update technology.

The primary aim of the undertaking is to emphasise the significance of the UNESCO World Heritage title. Furthermore, the reworked exhibition will take into account the changed expectations of visitors with regard to technology (e.g. touch screens) and, what is more, will cost less in maintenance.