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, so to speak, a "seal of approval" for a geologically important and interesting area.
Currently there are 18 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 Sachsens Mitte
- Geopark Schieferland
- Geopark Schwäbische Alb
- Geopark TERRA.vita
- Geopark Vulkaneifel
- Geopark Vulkanregion Volelsberg
- 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.).
For more information about the network and the individual geoparks visit the joint internet portal www.geoparks-in-deutschland.de. Here you can discover the German National Geoparks in an image video on Youtube.
The GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Trust is also an excellent source of information about the geoparks in Germany.