On the second day of the German mobility, we visited the biosphere reserve firstly in the form of a barefoot path in Ludwigswinkel set in a beautiful landscape near a little river. We walked along the path with bare feet and experienced the different textures and temperatures of the material under our feet and enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere. Then we went to the biosphere house in Fischbach where the diverse geological, biological and ecological phenomena of this area are presented. Our guests and their hosts really enjoyed the nearby treetop path as well. As soon as it was dark, we went on an ecological guided night walk in the forest during which we experienced sounds of animals which our guide explained to us and saw water bats with the help of a special torch and a detecting device.
Our visit to the Ecological Campus in Birkenfeld impressed all participants in many ways: firstly, it is the only campus in the whole of Germany that produces its energy itself and does not have any emissions due to a highly developed technology. Secondly, it was amazing to see with which enthusiasm the students and tutors guided us through the different departments and thirdly, we were allowed to visit laboratories and to witness which tiny creatures live in the nearby National Park Hunsrück-Hochwald under microscopes. Again our guests from Ireland were fascinated by the amount of solar panel fields which the government supported in this area which hasn’t got any other large firms.