Germany is a densely populated country, and we lost our pristine natural landscapes, untouched by human beings, a long time ago. But still the country has some unique wild areas to offer. They can be found in mountains, on coastlines or riverine areas, and especially in forests. About one quarter of the world’s common beech forests grow in Germany. It is thus Germany’s international responsibility to preserve this unique forest type. On former military or mining areas wilderness gets a second chance. Wild areas are havens for rare species of animals, plants and mushrooms – but also exciting for us to discover.