There are already 11 treetop walks within Europe that belong to eak companies: Five treetop walks are located in Germany (Bavarian Forest, Rügen, Black Forest, Saarschleife and on Usedom). In the Czech Republic, eak is involved in the two treetop walks in Lipno and in the Giant Mountains, in Slovakia in the Treetop Walk Bachledka, and in Slovenia in the Treetop Walk Pohorje. Moreover there are eak treetops walks in Austria und France as well: the Treetop Walk Salzkammergut in Austria and the Treetop Walk Alsace in France. Ireland's first treetop walk, the Treetop Walk Avondale, as well as the Treetop Walk Laurentides in Canada will open in 2022.
With a length of 1,300 meters, eak operates one of the world’s longest treetop walk in the Bavarian Forest National Park. At a height between 8 and 25 meters above the forest floor, the treetop walk meanders through the beech trees, firs and spruces of the mixed mountain forest. The treetop walk in the Bavarian Forest enables you to enjoy an unforgettable view from an unusual perspective.
The first treetop walk in the Czech Republic is integrated gently into the landscape around the Lipno Reservoir and this represents a unique addition to the Lipno Active Park. The 675-meter walkway ends on the platform of the impressive observation tower at a height of 40 meters. In addition a slide inside the tower provides entertainment.
In cooperation with the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU), eak built the Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen with another treetop walk in 2013. The 40-meter-high tower is the highlight of the 1,250-meter treetop walk and was modeled on the shape of an eagle's nest. From a height of 82 meters above sea level, it allows a clear view over the unique landscape of the Baltic island of Rügen. As an additional highlight at the treetop walk, a 52-meter tunnel slide was integrated.
The Treetop Walk Black Forest has been opened by eak on the Sommerberg located in Bad Wildbad in fall 2014. With an overall length of 1,250 metres and a height of up to 20 metres. A 55-metre tunnel slide, which is accessed from a 25-metre-high platform, promises an exceptional experience. Its highlight is the 40-metre-high, architecturally unique observation tower, which offers visitors a unique view over the mountain tops of the northern Black Forest.
Eak's fourth treetop walk in Germany is located on the famous Saarschleife in the municipality of Mettlach in the spa town of Orscholz. Its gates have been open to visitors since July 2016. At a height of up to 23 meters above the forest floor, the walkway winds through the unspoiled nature at the Orscholzer Cloef in Saarland. From the platform of the 42-metre-high observation tower, you’ll be treated to a unique panoramic view over the landscape of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park - down into the Saarschleife valley and, on a clear day, as far as the Vosges mountain range in France.
The second Czech treetop walk of eak is located in the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše) in Janské Lázně. The 1,500-meter pathway meanders through the majestic mixed mountain forest and ends on the platform of the impressive lookout tower at a height of 45 meters. An 80-meter long tunnel slide creates the right amount of tension. A gastronomic area including souvenir shop and an exhibition in cooperation with the Krkonoše National Park complete the offer. New and so far unique for eak’s projects: the walkway not only leads up high, but also deep down. Under the ground, in an artificial cave, it offers visitors unique insights into the world of the National Park from below. The project was realized as part of a joint venture.
In the Slovak part of the High Tatras, the first treetop walk in Slovakia was opened in September 2017. For eak and its Czech subsidiary Zazitkova Akademie s.r.o, this is the third treetop walk that has been implemented as part of a joint venture – In this case with the partner Ski Resort Bachledka. The 32-meter high observation tower provides a 360-degree view of the world’s smallest high mountains, the Slovakian lowlands south of the Tatra and the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. For the first time the entire course of the walkway is visible from the highest tower platform, as it meanders continuously at the top of the treetop or even above it through the mixed mountain forest. Also new and for the first time on this treetop walk is the 75m² walk-in net in the middle of the tower top, which promises even deeper insights.
The Treetop Walk Salzkammergut opened its gates in July 2018 on the Grünberg in Gmunden. Already along the up to 21-meter-high walkway, spectacular views of the Traunstein, the Traunsee and the town of Gmunden with Schloss Ort are made possible. Once arrived on the 39-meter-high observation tower also the foothills of the Alps and the Salzkammergut are in front of the eyes of visitors. A slide inside the tower complement the offer.
The treetop walk in Zreče / Rogla is eak‘s ninth facility and the first Slovenian one. The architecturally sophisticated wooden structure southwest of Maribor contains an imposing observation tower in a nine-cornered design, from whose top platform large parts of Slovenia can be seen all the way to neighboring countries. The highlight is the 37-meter-high observation tower, which was designed in a nine-cornered floor plan.
In 2021, the Treetop Walk Alsace opened its doors in the French town of Drachenbronn. With a length of 1,050 meters and a observation tower height of 29 meters. As one of the highest points along the foothills of the Vosges, the tower offers a unique 360° view over the Rhine plain, the Black Forest and the Northern Vosges. A slide inside the tower provide excitement and entertainment. In addition, a building with entrance and exit to the treetop walk, a merchandise shop and a restaurant as well as a free shuttle train that runs from the large parking lot to the entrance area of the adventure facility, are part of the all-round offer of the treetop walk.
The 5th German treetop walk of eak is located in Heringsdorf on the vacation island of Usedom. At a height of up to 23 metres the sustainable adventure trail leads through the different levels of the forest. The path hasa length of 1,350 metres. As you walk up to the treetops, unique perspectives of the island of Usedom open up, which already give you a small foretaste of the view from the approx. 33-metre-high, square observation tower. From here there is a unique view over the Baltic Sea. A special highlight is the 50 m² walk-on net on the top platform of the tower. An entrance hall with shop, gastronomy and beer garden completes the overall offer of the Treetop Walk Usedom.
In 2022 the first Irish treetop walk which will be part of the "Beyond the Trees Avondale" experience will open its gates. The centuries-old Avondale Forest Park is located about 60 km south of Dublin in County Wicklow. Visitors will be able to discover trees from around the world, some over 250 years old at treetop level. The highlight will be the 38-meter-high observation tower with integrated slide and breathtaking 360-degree views over Avondale Forest Park and the Avonmore River Valley. The new visitor center will provide guests with an interactive look at the living history of the historic Avondale House and its famous former residents, the Parnell family. In addition there will be a restaurant/café, playground and sensory garden.
Eak also designs, builds and operates forest playgrounds integrated into the forest with natural play and learning stations and currently has 2 Adventure Forests in Germany (on the Sommerberg in the Black Forest and on the Saarschleife) and a Forest Kingdom in Slovakia (Bachledka).
Right next to the Treetop Walk Black Forest on the mountain Sommerberg, eak runs the “Adventure Forest Sommerberg”. The adventure playground extends over an area of 8,000 m² and offers fun for the whole family with more than 20 varied play and learning stations. A shop with sustainable souvenirs, merchandise products and a small snack stall also expand the offer.
The Saarschleife Adventure Forest in Mettlach-Orscholz is located in the immediate vicinity of the Treetop Walk Saarschleife and is home to 20 exciting and near-natural playing and learning stations embedded in the forest on more than 7,000 m². The restaurant "Futterkrippe Blumenfels" with regional dishes and an comfortable beer garden as well as the shop in the entrance building offers visitors a variety of options.
As an additional attraction to the Treetop Walk Bachledka (Chodnik korunami Stromov) in the High Tatras, the adventure playground Forest Kingdom Bachledka (Kralovstvo lesa Bachledka) was built. Of around 5,000 square meters, over 20 different interactive learning stations and types of playground equipment invite visitors of all ages.