Sababurg primeval forest

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  • Hofgeismar

Sababurg Primeval Forest - In the realm of giant trees

The Sababurg primeval forest in the Reinhardswald Nature Park has been under protection since 1907, making it the oldest protected area in Hesse. The forest, once a hut forest (pasture forest) created by human hands, has been largely left to its own devices for over 100 years on an area of 92 hectares.

The Sababurg Primeval Forest is the habitat of an extraordinary world of flora and fauna. In addition to the impressive, up to 600-year-old hat oaks, beeches, hornbeams, birches and bracken, which can be up to two meters high, grow here. Fallen or dead trees remain as dead wood in uncultivated forests.

With its bizarre formations of trees, roots and dead wood, the Sababurg primeval forest provides a backdrop for stories, myths and legends from the region. Giants and princesses are said to have lived here and can still be seen sometimes. The castle where Sleeping Beauty slept is also just a stroll away.

Three marked circular routes between 1.2 and 4 kilometers in length meander along narrow paths through the primeval forest. Wooden walkways cross sensitive areas and lead you to the most spectacular giant trees.
Sturdy shoes are recommended in every season.

Naturpark Reinhardswald

Parkplatz Drecktor

34369 Hofgeismar


Phone: +49 5671 / 999 222

Fax: +49 05671 / 999 200



General information

  • for Groups
  • for families
  • for individual guests
  • Pet allowed
  • Suitable for the Elderly
  • for Children of all Ages
  • Suitable for Pushchair
Price info

Free Entry

More info

Guided tours through the primeval forest take place all year round. Individual tours for groups on request.

Dates and information at or by phone at 05671/999222 and


TIP: When hiking in the Sababurg Primeval Forest, a visit to the adjacent Sababurg Zoo is recommended. At the foot of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Sababurg you will find over 80 different animal species that live here in the prehistoric game park, in the children's zoo, in the area of the birds of prey and in the Arche Park with the associated farm.

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