A geopark is an area with a clearly defined boundary that contains geotopes that are outstanding, scientifically significant, rare and beautiful and represent the landscape and its geological development.
A geopark is a "quality seal“ for an area.
Currently there are 16 certified National Geoparks in Germany. They are, in addition to the Geopark Thüringia Inselsberg – Drei Gleichen:
- GeoPark Bayern-Böhmen
- GeoPark Bergstraße-Odenwald
- GeoPark Grenzwelten
- GeoPark Harz.Braunschweiger-Land.Ostfalen
- GeoPark Kyffhäuser
- GeoPark Laacher See
- GeoPark Muskauer Faltenbogen
- GeoPark Porphyrland.Steinreich in Sachsen
- GeoPark Ries
- GeoPark Ruhrgebiet
- GeoPark Schieferland
- GeoPark Schwäbische Alb
- GeoPark TERRA.vita
- GeoPark Vulkaneifel
- GeoPark Westerwald-Lahn-Taunus
These geoparks are all shown on overview map.
The National Geoparks have joined forces in a working association (Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher Geoparks, AdG). Since April 2016, the AdG is legally anchored with rules of procedure within the Section Geotopes and Geoparks of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geologie - Geologische Vereinigung (German Geological Society, DGGV e.V.) (https://www.dggv.de/fachsektionen/fachsektion-geotope-und-geoparks.html).
For more information about the network and the individual geoparks visit the joint internet portal www.geoparks-in-deutschland.de.
The brochure about the geoparks in Germany titled “Experience Germany’s Geological History“ also takes you on a geology excursion and is a short and concise introduction to the German geoparks.
Are you interested in printed copy of the brochure? It is our pleasure to send you one! You will find our contact details here.
The GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Trust is also an excellent source of information about the geoparks in Germany.