The 806 ha Jasmund WILDCoast is embedded into the core zone of Jasmund National Park, Germany. Jasmund National Park is an iconic national park in Germany due to its magnificent scenery of the stunning coastline. The Jasmund WILDCoast is a compact and complete ecosystem of chalk cliffs, a sea coast, and a narrow strip of sea. “Let nature be nature” is the main slogan of Jasmund National Park. Recently, Jasmund National Park was added to the UNESCO Word Heritage Site – Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe.
European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit System
The 806 ha Jasmund WILDCoast was subject of a Quick-Audit in 2016 and 2017 and meets the Bronze Wilderness Quality Standard. A European Wilderness Quality Standard Full-Audit is scheduled for 2019.
- Protected area: Jasmund National Park
- WILDCoast: Jasmund WILDCoast
- Wilderness Quality Standard: Bronze
- Country: Germany
- Size of the protected area: 3,072 ha:
- Size of the WILDCoast: 806 ha: 350 ha terrestrial, and 456 ha marine
- European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit : 2017
- WILDCoast Uniqueness: Chalk cliffs with beech forest on top, narrow strip of sea, and a WILDCoast with not fishing
- Number of visitors per year to the protected area: approx. 1,000,000
- Number of visitors per year to the WILDCoast: approx. 700,000
Thanks to the effects of climate, terrain and soil, the Jasmund National Park has an unusually broad range of habitats. The beech forests colonise a wide spectrum of locations that are rich or poor in nutrient content, dry or wet, and on chalk as well as outwash substrates. Different bog types are incorporated in the forest like mosaics, and the chalk plateau is crossed by a network of streams. During the last ice age, the Jasmund chalk substrate was covered and compressed by glaciers several times. In the post-glacial period when the Baltic Sea developed, the unusually dynamic chalk coast of the forest landscape emerged steeply from the sea, forming Jasmund WILDCoast.
The wide variety of habitats is the basis for the great wealth of flora and fauna. The beech forests are found at their natural borders at Jasmund WILDCoast. Remarkable are also the rare lady’s slipper and the coralroot. The peregrine falcon nests on the slopes of the chalk cliffs, as well as several colonies of house martins. On Jasmund WILDCoast you may encounter the fallow deer and spot the majestic white-tailed eagle. Also, the marine habitats along Jasmund WILDCoast are very important and rich in biodiversity. Here, nature is left to its own.
Wilderness Tourism Experience
The chalk cliffs of Jasmund WILDCoast are a cradle of tourism in Germany and for more than two centuries a magnet attracting visitors. Attractive scenery, wild coasts and high cliffs together with rare forms of beech forest attract large amounts of visitors every year. The central information point is the Königsstuhl National Park Centre. This center provides information fully in the line with park’s philosophy and long-term objective “Let nature be nature”. A wide portfolio of programs conveys the beauty and uniqueness of Jasmund WILDCoast at the highest possible level in order to achieve a lasting awareness of Jasmund WILDCoast in all visitors.