Just get out. In times of the Corona pandemic and countless lockdowns, truly a luxury. In 2020 (weeks after our last trip to Thailand), we took advantage of the beautiful weather and the summery spring days for a little trip to the Schwanheimer Düne. You don’t have to go that far out of Frankfurt. You don’t even have to go to the North Sea or the Baltic Sea to experience a piece of nature like this. This unspoiled nature reserve is located between Industriepark Höchst and Frankfurt-Griesheim.
The area, which is about 85 soccer fields in size, was created over 12,000 years ago. At that time, everything was still covered by water and the Main River. Gradually the water disappeared and the area was farmed. Until the 19th century, the image was dominated by vegetation. Then the trees died due to the dry season and clearing by man. The now known surface emerged and the dunes really appeared.
Nature with history
It is almost surreal to walk through the Schwanheimer Düne. You would expect the flora and the scenario anywhere, but not in the Main metropolis of Frankfurt. Thus, one also learns the difference between an inland dune and a coastal dune by practical example. Here we speak of the Schwanheimer dune of an inland dune. Via a narrow boardwalk peppered with information boards, the visitor is introduced to the dune landscape and thus receives useful information (which he can use in a wisenheimer way on his blog).
The nature reserve is divided into paved paths, forest and meadows, orchards, bodies of water and the dunes themselves. You can almost call the Schwanheimer dune a local recreation area. As a great place for excursions for young and old, it invites you to explore the flora and fauna. The big city can be left behind very quickly and nature can be enjoyed. This area is easily accessible by car or bicycle. Who wants to unwind for one or two hours, should take the way on oneself. Unfortunately, a sand castle can not be built.