Is there anything more magical than feeding deer in the woods of Germany? The answer is no, there isn’t. Only a 30 minute drive from Vilseck is Wildgehege Hufeisen Veldensteiner Forst where you can do just that!
This nature Reserve is the perfect place for a day trip with the family! There are picnic tables throughout the reserve, so you can pack a lunch and eat alongside some ridiculously cute animals. At one end of the park you can also find a playground for the kids to run off some energy.
The reserve at Veldensteiner Forst is home to five different animals – three of which are different deer species. These little guys above are Mouflon, which are very similar to rams in my opinion. They were pretty skittish at first, but with a few tossed bread pieces they continued to inch closer. We also picked up a box full of pellets and corn kernels which helped entice them even closer.
We found that the babies were much more inclined to come up and eat from our hands. After seeing us feed the little ones, the adults built up some courage and eventually they, too, ate from our hands.
When we found the deer, we discovered they were a lot more receptive than the mouflon – if not a tad aggressive. Now, they weren’t mean, but they acted just like I do at In N Out when I hear the cashier call my number. Noses pushed into our food boxes, eating pellets before we finished pouring them into our hands. But they were adorable so, like, how could you not let them have their way?
Don’t ask me which deer these are because I have no freakin’ clue. Honestly, I’ve tried to determine the difference between the three types they have and as fawns they all look the same to me. I’m gonna go on a limb and say maybe the sika deer? I don’t know but what I do know is these three were the cutest!
We ended our day with this big fella – maybe also a sika? But just look at those antlers! This guy wins the award for being the handsomest deer.
We spent about two hours in the reserve before heading home – it was, after all, 32° and we were freezing. We plan on visiting again when the weather warms up so we can picnic alongside the deer and soak up some sun.
Tips for Visiting Veldensteiner Forst
- admission is €2 per person
- parking is free
- bring euro coins, but if you can’t they do have a machine that will exchange your bills to coins
- boxes of feed cost €1 each and are located at the front entrance as well as throughout the park
- there is also bread located at the entrance
- stay along the posted trail as not to disturb the animals’ homes
- dogs are NOT allowed
DO NOT follow the address given on the website. That lead us into the town of Plech and a good ten minutes away from the nature reserve. Instead, make your way toward road BT28 and the reserve is along this road between the towns of Plech and Pegnitz.
Hours of Operation:
March – October: 8am – 6pm
November – February: 9am – 4pm
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