Tree Top Path, Bavaria Germany

Josef Stöger designed the Baumwipfelpfad Harz observation tower above the Black Forest in southern Germany. At a height of 40m, the upper platform is accessed by a wooden spiral pathway that is cantilevered infrom 12 support beams. These support beams twist around each other to accent the spiral motion. The top path cantilevers out rather than in. A metal slide winds back down.

There are a variety of such tree trails around Bavaria. The Bavarian National Forest boasts the world’s longest treetop trail. This trail is 1,300m long and includes a 44m Tree Tower which spirals around a tree.

The treetop path in Ebrach is 1,150m long and includes a 42m tower.