Hoch über den Wipfeln.
The 40 metre high viewing tower sits proudly above “Panarbora”, offering a unique view of the indigenous natural world and foreign cultures. “Panarbora” is on the edge of the Bergisches Land Nature Park and is an ideal combination of a natural experience and unusual accommodation options. The African, South American and Asian villages transport you to foreign cultures. Fulfil a childhood dream and stay overnight in a treehouse! The adventure playground, sensory obstacle course, barbecue hut, beach volleyball pitch and loads of space to chill out complete the offering. The 1,635 metre long treetop trail including the viewing tower that snakes through the treetops is entirely barrier-free. Six partially interactive adventure stops provide exciting insights into the animal and plant world. At the restaurant, you have the choice of several dishes prepared fresh every day. In addition to guided tours, the Panarbora team also offers regular events.
Facts and figures:
Height of the viewing tower: 40 metres
Height of the viewing platform: 34 metres
Height of the treetop path: maximum 23 metres
Length of the treetop trail including viewing tower: 1,635 metres
870 m³ of wood were installed
200 tonnes of steel were installed
The exhibition on the treetop trail
The exhibition offers experiences for people of all ages and can be accessed barrier-free. With the help of six interactive adventure stops, visitors learn exciting facts worth knowing about the natural world of the Bergisch forest and the role people play in this. This knowledge is taught to young visitors in a playful manner.
These are the exhibition’s six stops:
- From virgin forest to industrial forest: Here, you learn about the different types of forest.
- Is every forest the same? The various types of forest are introduced.
- The tree is dead - long live the tree. Here, you learn about everything that goes on under the bark of dead tree trunks.
- The forest never sleeps! Whether day or night - there is always something going on in the forest. We show you which animals are active when.
- Living off the forest. Here, you learn who lives off the wood from our forests. You can explore why wood from our forests is such an amazing raw material.
- Careful - coppicing! Coppicing defined the Bergisch landscape in the 19th century. Find out exactly what that is here.
- The changing landscape We show you how the Bergisch landscape has changed over the centuries.
Anyone who visits the treetop trail can experience even more:
A maze challenges the senses of the visitor in many ways. Your perception and in particular your sense of orientation are tested to the maximum here. Unlike a labyrinth, a maze offers a number of possible ways out. From time to time, the maze can lead visitors to the limits of their frustration, for example if the way through the maze does not immediately lead to the destination.
A forest trail leads around half of the Panarbora site, which should appeal to the visitors’ senses. In addition to various ground coverings that appeal to visitors’ sense of touch when walking barefoot, there are stops where, among other things, various sound installations have been set up, that challenge your sense of balance or test your sense of smell in the aromatic herb garden.
The Panarbora restaurant, with over 200 seats, offers enough space for both day visitors and overnight guests. In good weather, the outdoor patio invites you to watch over the children as they play in the adventure playground.