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Vessertal - Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve

The Biosphere Reserve is situated in the middle of Germany in the Thuringian Forest between the towns Suhl, Ilmenau and Schleusingen. It was acknowledged by the UNESCO in 1979 and today has about 17,000 ha. The Biosphere Reserve covers mainly rural area, only at the edge it is tangent to the densely populated area Suhl-Zella-Mehlis.
The Vessertal-Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve is dominated by the Thuringian Forest highlands, which are part of the Thuringian-Franconian highlands.