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Public Barefoot Parks in Europe

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Barefoot trails, barefoot walks or barefoot parks -- different names for essentially the same thing -- give millions of visitors each year the opportunity to enjoy barefoot life.

During the last two decades, an estimated hundred of these destinations have been founded in European countries, mainly in Germany and Austria. They are open to the public and offer the opportunity to walk barefoot for some distance (up to three miles) and to feel natural ground and various materials with bare soles. At the beginning of each hike, shoes can be stored on shelves or in lockers, and at the conclusion, facilities for washing feet are provided.

In addition, visitors can enjoy balancing or climbing and walking through brooks or even rivers. Some barefoot parks include playground sections designed for bare feet. These healthy combinations of barefoot hiking and playing have become popular tourist attractions.
 

Further readings:

Barefoot park design guide for landscape architects

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Recommended Barefoot Parks:

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Austria Mühlviertel St. Ulrich Barfußweg:
2 km barefoot trail containing 22 stations with different soil conditions.

 

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Tyrol Söll Hexenwasser ("Witches' Water"):
A veritable barefooting theme park in an amazing mountain landscape situated at the middle station of the cable car. It contains spacious water playgrounds, 2 km barefoot trail, sightseeing, restaurants -- bare feet admitted everywhere! Many families enjoy it for a whole day.

 

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Denmark Jutland Rødekro Barfodspark:
A spa garden, in which visitors can go barefoot on lawn and a variety of materials and surfaces, as well as water wading and balancing.

 

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France Alsace Orbey Sentier pieds nus du Lac Blanc:
A 1,2 km barefoot trail in a forest area with different materials, stations for natural experience, balancing and related abilities.

 

in English
Bretagne Bréal-sous-
Montfort
Le parcours "Réveille tes pieds!":
A 1 km barefoot walk with 45 different textures and materials in a beautiful garden area.

 

in German
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Germany Baden- Württemberg Dornstetten Barfußpark:
A 2.5 km barefoot walk through forest and meadow, water wading, spacious water playground. Every week, thousands of visitors enjoy natural walking on an exceptional variety of grounds.

 

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Bavaria Mittenwald Panorama-Barfußwanderweg:
1.2 km in beautiful landscape with stations for feeling materials, balancing, water wading, restaurant with playground.

 
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Spalt Barfuß-Wonnen-Weg:
1.9 km barefoot hiking in a forest area, walking on various materials, balancing and relaxing at different nice places.

 

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Hesse Bad Orb Barfußpfad:
The trail with a total length of 4.5 km starts at the spa gardens and leads along and sometimes through a rivulet. Beds with various soil materials, balancing stations and water wading basins complement the longest barefoot trail in Germany.

 

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Lower Saxony Egestorf Barfußpark:
2.7 km barefoot walk in a heath and forest area with 60 stations for feeling materials including mud and water, for various sensory experience and balancing.

 

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North Rhine- Westphalia Lienen Barfußpark:
2.5 km barefoot walk with different soil materials, water wading, playground.

 

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Rhineland- Palatinate Bad Sobernheim Barfußpfad:
This 3.5 km barefoot walk along the river Nahe was the first one in Germany. It is equipped with sections of varying materials including a long basin of loam. In addition there are stations for various balancing exercises and several adventurous ways to cross the river: through a ford, with a ferry boat or over a long suspension-bridge that may not be entered with shoes.

 

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Hungary Fejér Tabajd Mezítlábas park:
Situated 45 km west of Budapest, this barefoot park offers 21 sections with different materials including balancing poles, mud and water.

 

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Switzerland Appenzell Gonten Barfußweg:
5 km barefoot hiking trail with mud and water wading.

 

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U.K. West Midlands Stoke-on-
Trent
Trentham Gardens Barefoot Walk:
Within the theme park "Trentham Estate", 1 km barefoot walk offers different soil materials including mud and water. Other attractions like a maze and playgrounds are nearby.

 

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