CONTRIBUTED BY ALEXIS TUCKER
Would you like to make her swoon with a non-generic date? Maybe you’re just an outdoorsy couple, animal lovers, or want to take your children somewhere unique. If you nodded yes, you should explore Veldensteiner Forst Wildgehege Hufeisen.
Along the barrier free path, with a little patience and a good eye, you can spy a spotted doe or two frolicking in the snow near their mothers. For an ever further magical experience you can perhaps convince one to come nearer for a few treats.
If you observe the Mouflon (horned wild sheep) while walking, hold up a piece of bread and they will hop on over to you. The babies are the friendliest bunch and are very curious little fellows with wide eyes and snow covered snouts. The males hang out with their long horns in the background, while the females and babies grab a nibble or two.
Not only can you find a variety of animals in the forest but you can also find a playground that includes, but isn’t limited to, rock climbing and balancing poles. Located around the playground are picnic areas with covered tables and benches. In the silence of the winter with the snow dwindling down, you can enjoy a picnic with your darling or your family while observing a herd of deer dashing by in the snow. If you have the time after a magical day spent in the park, the nearby Waldschänke offers hearty snacks with a cozy atmosphere.
Don’t forget to grab a post card or two before heading out for only 50 cent euro. Each post card features a different animal. You can also purchase pamphlets with maps inside. According to the pamphlet I purchased, the first animals in the enclosure were 14 deer, who were lured with apple pomace from the surrounding forest into the fencing. Over time fallow deer, wild boar, Mouflon and wild sika came and settled in the enclosure.
This animal reserve is sure to fill the young and old’s heart with delight.
Note: Alexis originally published this article on her site, then also shared it with Germany Ja.
Tips For Your Trip:
Veldensteiner Forst Wildgehege Hufeisen website
Parking: on site FREE
Stroller Friendly: YES
Dog Friendly: NO
Restroom: located on site
BT28, 91257 Veldensteiner Forst, Germany
From the North:
We put in B2 28 and then followed the signs posted for the park.
Leave the A9 at the exit 44 “Pegnitz”. Along the County Road BT 28 direction Plech. After 4.5 km, you reach the deer.
From the South:
Leave the A9 at the exit 46 “Plech”. Take 28 towards Pegnitz BT district road. After 4.5 km, you reach the deer.
Open year round
Summer season (March – October) : 0800 – 1800
Winter season (November – February) : 0900 – 1600
Monday- Thursday: 0800 – 1200 & 1300 – 1600
Friday: 0800 – 1200
Tickets are available for purchase at the machine
Children 0-18: Free
Adults over 18: €2.00
- Be quiet, so you can best observe the animals.
- Stay on the sign posted paths.
- Do not feed the animals by hand or touch them.
- Clean up after yourself after eating so as not to harm the animals with litter.