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Bonn is lucky enough to have its own 40 km² forest, intruding into many of its neighbourhoods such as Friesdorf, Ippendorf and Bad Godesberg. Kottenforst is actually the eastern part of Rhineland Nature Park, which stretches across North Rhine Westphalia, the state that Bonn belongs to.
Being so vast, there are many ways to enter Kottenforst. Without intending to, we discovered more than one route during our explorations. It was almost as though the forest was calling out to us. And we were more than happy to heed its mysterious voice each and every time.
Presenting through photos and memories of a winding walk in spring – Kottenforst: The Whispering Woods of Bonn:
We first chose to enter Kottenforst from Röttgen Merler Allee and passed by this delightful neighbourhood on the way.
A little entryway led us into the forest and we were immediately engulfed by primitive greenery.
We crossed a little stream and walked through the innards of the forest – silent and beautiful.
Presently, we reached a ‘main road’ of sorts, where we passed by cyclists, joggers and people walking their dogs.
A pretty pink patch of flowers greeted us along the way
and seemingly, an earthquake in the sky!
Eventually, we dove back into the deep dark depths of the woods
where still pools of water reflected the arboreal canopy
and a sudden shower created a mosaic of ripples on the surface.
While we could hear numerous birds, this is the only one we managed to get a good photo of!
Somewhere in the midst of all the exploring, we stopped at a clearing to enjoy a picnic lunch of sandwiches, biscuits and tortilla chips.
On our way out (and this was a totally different exit), we passed by this wonderful boulevard of trees in the countryside
and a stable full of healthy horses.
Another time, we encountered a different part of Kottenforst while exploring our very own backyard – Friesdorf. We hiked on an upward path to the 18th century Haus Annaberg and continued further. There, a crossroads led to Kottenforst and a reserve called Waldau. But that’s a story for another day.
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