EBRACH – More than 835,000 interested people from all over the world have already visited the Tree Top Trail in its small history. Hardly anyone expected this massive popularity at first on March 19, 2016 – almost five years ago.
In the first year, visitors mainly came from the region. Over the years this circle has expanded. Tourists from Holland, France, USA and Czech Republic enjoyed the road and the view of the Steigerwald. “There were also guests from New Zealand,” says Barbara Ernwin, a forester and leader of the Tree Top Trail.
The range has been expanding steadily over the past five years. In addition to already established events such as the Christmas Market, new playing equipment has been frequently purchased or a game reserve has been created on the track. “If the situation permits, visitors this year can look forward to a large niche market with products from the region on August 1st,” says Ernwin confidently.
The Steigerwald Center and Market and Service Integration Company, a subsidiary of Lebenshilfe Schweinfurt, have been partners on the tree top trail from the start. “These partnerships have proven their value and we look forward to establishing new projects together,” Ernwin continues.
A new ball track to celebrate the 5th birthday
District Manager Johan Caleb and Market Mayor Ibrash Daniel Vincennes inaugurated the ball track on the Stegerwald summit track on March 19, 2021. Starting from the jungle court, the jungle path can be discovered at various stages parallel to the ball path.
Kugelpfad has a lot to offer: First there is a ruined castle, donated by the Steigerwald Center (represented by Andreas Leyrer). In addition to the forest, which is another important component of Steigerwald’s cultural scene, there are also fish ponds. Here JVA Ebrach’s hands-on treatment is supported with Holger Friedrich and co-workers. “The implementation of our ideas became more beautiful than we dared to dream. The Sennfeld workshop in Lebenshilfe Schweinfurt also supported the project with a gaming board,” says Ernwein.
The many running counters along the route, all the construction work and the fact that it became a unit – that’s what forest manager Walter Herbst, who works on the Treetop Walkway, did with the active support of other employees such as the forest manager from the Ebrach Forest Corporation and two FÖJlerinnen from the Steigerwald Center.
A beech wooden ball can be purchased on site for € 1.
“We still have a lot of ideas about the railroads that we want to implement, so there will always be new sections added,” Irwin says with certainty. It’s fine to go down the hill on the track connected to Handthal, so the ball path span is also good.
The Tree Top Path has been reopened again with revised hygiene concept since March 11th! Thursday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Current information on the site www.baumwipfelpfadsteigerwald.de.
On the pictures: Opening of the ball path:
Photo 2+ 3: District Director Johan Caleb hands over a certificate on the occasion of the fifth birthday to Director Barbara Ernwin
Photo 1 from left: Daniel Stoyer (Vice President of Eberish Forest Bayerich Stäsfürsten), Barbara Ernwein (Chair of BWP Steigerwald), Daniel Vincez (Bgm Markt Ebrach), Oscar Ebert (Steigerwald Center Association), District Director Johann Kaleb, Bamberg District, explained Ball trajectory elements.
Figure 4: Starting the trajectory of the ball
Picture 5: Beech ball path
Photos: Catherine Inwage, Barbara Arnwin