Some months ago I saw an article in an international newspaper about Hann. Münden, Germany. Most pictures showed well-known places and buildings of the region, but one left me clueless: a couple riding by bike through a heath. The closest one I knew was the Lüneburg heath – but that wouldn’t belong into that article.

In fact there is a heath which is pretty close to Hann. Münden but it is not located within the city grounds and not even within the federal state of Lower Saxony: the Termenei. It is just across the river Fulda near Wilhelmshausen, Fuldatal belonging to northern Hesse. You can get there by car, take the road to Holzhausen in the middle of the village and follow the road through a forest. When the forest ends there is a clearly marked parking area.

If you look around you’ll find a wooden sign which tells you of three routes with different lengths of up to 4.5 kilometers through the heath. The scenery is very nice and the colors of the special plants are absolutely beautiful. We where there in a very dry summer and it must be even more beautiful there in other years.

The place was once a military training ground from 1901 to 1938. Later it was used to keep sheep there and the landscape was created. Once 100 hectares large it now only has the size of 4.8 hectares. There is also a place for barbecues and some small artificial lakes where rare toads live. A nice place to explore and enjoy the different colors of nature.

Wilhelmshausen, Fuldatal

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