Humankind has come a long way evolving. Perhaps a bit too far already. Irrespective of that, deep down inside, we all desire the same ‘staying alive’ composure. We look for ways to reconnect with our core, and heal. And there is only one place—which is many places indeed—that we can rely upon to undertake this task with almost zero effort – Nature.
In a world increasingly dominated by technology longing to find refuge in nature seems normal. But with passing time it is becoming more and more difficult to: Firstly, find the time and motivation to get out of our various comfort zones to do something qualitative with our lives; Secondly, find nature to go to. Barfußpfad in Bad Sobernheim, Germany is one place where you can do just that.
When I moved to Germany, I didn’t think life would be so ‘organic’ here in so many ways. I’m not connoting the pesticide-free organic; but it is the little things that Germans do which is in strict contrast to its global image of a modern economic powerhouse. Many Germans, for example, love cycling as much as throttling their supercars on the Autobahn. I find myself using the ATM machine more than using my plastic money to pay at small eateries. Sunday is indeed treated as the Sabbath, kind of forcing you to take rest.
Barfußpfad, Bad Sobernheim
I want to put the spotlight on the people’s inclination toward nature. Easy access to frighteningly quiet forests (maybe I was frightened because I come from a bustling Indian city without any trace of nature around and going into the forest for me could imply going head-on with cobras and tigers) is one common life component here. But in the times when hitting the mall for shopping, dining and cinema is trendy in our time off of work (even though we may have just spent a whole working week sitting in front of a computer monitor and other machinery), some townships here have invested in all-natural recreational public areas.
Although I have been to a few public parks and forests around here—which on their part are already great for what they are—the Barfußpfad (Barefoot Path) in Bad Sobernheim, established in 1992, caught my attention for its uniqueness. Barfußpfad is pretty much self-explanatory. It is a recreational park where you go—with the people you love spending time with—to walk barefoot. Walking barefoot in natural environments helps regulate our blood circulation. In other words, it’s a healthy thing to do – it is true healthcare! When you go through the image gallery below, you will notice us walking through a special healing mud, which is based on the techniques of Emanuel Felke. This is also designed to enhance blood circulation.
On your next trip to Germany, please do yourself a favour by cutting down on your shopping and night outs. Instead invest your time in something of quality by paying a visit to the Barfußpfad in Bad Sobernheim. It’s a brilliant place to go for any phase of your life – single, couple or family. Alone you can be a carefree child again. It’s a wonderful place for a romantic date – closer couples will likely strengthen their bond, and the new ones will get closer…or break up (chill…I’m just kidding!). And of course, it is the place where you want to take your kids as a family to nurture them with the love of nature, alongside family bonding.
Get out there, reconnect with nature, heal yourself. You will enjoy it!
Barfußpfad – Image Gallery
Enjoy the images of my family time at the Barfußpfad below:
Modern human life is surrounded by unnatural and unhealthy habits. No one really wants to go back in time to an era without convenient technology. Therefore it only makes sense to go forward into a time of manmade nature amid overwhelmingly crowded and polluted cities. Wouldn’t you want to have access to something like this within hours, if not minutes, from where you live?
The next best alternative is to renounce modern life in its entirety and head to the Kailash Mountain Range. Just saying.
Official Website: www.barfusspfad-bad-sobernheim.de
Prices: Adults: 3.50 €; Children (aged 3-17 years): 2.00 €
Opening Hours: 9:00 – (at least) 20:00. They are open during summertime (usually mid-May onwards until end of September) depending on the weather conditions and number of people.
Get more info, including directions, on their official website. Barfußpfad in Bad Sobernheim was one of the first ones to establish. But there are more such places in other parts of Germany. You can do some research to discover the nearest one to where you are going.