Whose place is the scariest at night

Night hike - 12 exciting challenges for a night adventure

At night everything looks different and much more mysterious! That is why a night hike is always a special experience for me. Now in summer is the ideal opportunity for a night hike: the summer nights are mild and it is light for a long time, so that you can discover more. With the following 12 ideas, your next night hike is guaranteed not to be boring.

What is special about a night hike?

Logically, that it takes place at night! But what does that mean and why do you even go hiking at nightinstead of enjoying your well-deserved sleep?

At night it's a completely different one the atmosphere than during the day. Everything works a lot more mysterious. And that applies to every place, regardless of whether you are exploring the forest, a small or a large city. The world is literally bathed in a different light at night.

Away from civilization and street lighting, summer nights can also be pitch black. During a night hike in complete darkness you experience the familiar surroundings in a completely new way: Although you can no longer rely on your eyes at night, all other senses are sharpened. Suddenly the air smells and tastes intensely of moss, sweet flowers or damp earth.

No matter whether you are interested in the nocturnal animal life, have goose bumps and a scary atmosphere, or are simply adventurous and nocturnal - a night hike is always an adventure and a perfect change from everyday life. Nocturnal excursions in nature are particularly beautiful. At night there is an unbelievable background noise.

Night hike for animal lovers

Nocturnal animals in the forest

Especially in the forest you can hear many animals at night and, with a lot of luck, watch them that you never see during the day. Owls, eagle owls, bats and nightingales then populate the night sky. Foxes, badgers and lynxes make their way between the tree trunks. Hedgehogs, martens and mice pound through the creaking undergrowth and moths, beetles and fireflies buzz through the ferns.

If you are quiet, careful and patient, you can with one Night hike in the forest so discover a variety of different animals. It is best to equip yourself with flashlights and use them to explore the thicket of the forest. However, be careful not to startle the forest dwellers you want to watch.

Some of the nocturnal forest animals can see almost as well at night as during the day, for example the lynx with its proverbial good eyes. Unfortunately, this European big cat species is threatened with extinction in Germany and is very rare. So if you see a lynx on a night hike in the forest, you are very lucky. In the northern Black Forest and other forest areas in Germany, lynxes were released again a few years ago and hopefully their population will recover.

Fluttering night owls of the forest

Bats, on the other hand, are basically just as blind as humans in the dark. You have developed another orientation system that helps you to find your way in the dark: Ultrasonic sounds. These noises are deafening and fortunately we humans cannot hear them because they are above the sound limit that we can perceive.

Especially those nocturnal birds of preysuch as the tawny owl or the barn owl have perfected the ability to glide almost silently through the night - not even a rustle of the wings can be heard. This is due to the special design of their springs with a type of tooth that they use to avoid air turbulence.

In this way they become silent hunters of the night. The owl benefits a lot from the fact that it can fly noiselessly: it often hunts in pitch darkness. Even if the owls' eyes see extremely well at night, they cannot fully rely on them at night.

That's why the owl has to give her Use your hearing and for this it is necessary that it does not make the slightest noise when flying. Otherwise it will miss the movements of its prey and the owl runs the risk of being noticed by them.

You should also use your hearing, because you can only eavesdrop on most forest animals at night. But this can be particularly exciting: the call of a screech owl, the chirping of the crickets, the cracking of the branches in the wind and the rustling of the leaves create a unique background noise.

Night hike - 4 challenges for animal and nature lovers

  1. Who spotted the most animals?
  2. Who takes the best animal photos at night?
  3. Who can recognize most night birds by their call?
  4. Who can find the most interesting things on the forest floor? (for example animal tracks, pine cones, acorns, moss, mushrooms etc.)

Night hike for horror fans

The noises that can be heard in the dark and the shadows creeping around inspire the imagination and so it is no wonder that many people also take a night hike in the forest goose bumps and Scary stories connect. Perhaps, like me, you experienced your first night hike as a child during a school holiday. It goes without saying that the supervisors read a horror story.

Even as a child I enjoyed that cozy shudder that you feel when you read or hear something eerie. I'm still a big fan of the horror genre today. If, like me, you love pleasant horror and the dark poetry of the night, you should definitely sweeten your night hike with a few scary stories. Of course, you can find some beforehand with which you can make the others shudder. Or you stop somewhere and read stories from a book you brought with you to each other in the light of the flashlight. Perhaps you've also experienced something really scary yourself that you can tell?

Night hike - 4 challenges for horror fans

  1. Who can create the greatest horror in the others?
  2. Who tells or reads the best ghost story?
  3. Who knows the scariest story that is supposedly absolutely true? (A great source for this is the book The spider in the yucca palm*)
  4. Tell each other the scariest thing you've ever experienced! Whose report makes your hair stand on end the most?

Night hike for stargazers

Magnificent starry sky on a night hike through the forest

When the weather is clear, you can see a magnificent starry sky above you in the forest at night. A rare and unusual sight, especially for city dwellers: because of the many lights in the city, you can only see a few stars in the sky, the brightest of them all.

Outside in nature, on the other hand, you can marvel at the firmament in all its glory. No wonder that the night sky has fascinated people and stimulated their imagination for ages.

In ancient times, the first astronomers in Greece began to study the arrangement and movements of stars and planets. They recognized figures from their myths and legends in the patterns of the stars and named the groups of stars after them - the origin of the constellations that are still known today.

Many people are familiar with the big car, but who has really discovered it in the sky? And there are many more figures to discover in the night sky. If you are not already professionals in the field of astronomy, I can only recommend that you take a star map of the northern hemisphere with you on your night hike. Nowadays there is of course the right one for it App.

On some nights in summer there are particularly many Shooting stars to see. This is an unforgettable spectacle and the ideal heavenly spectacle for a romantic night hike for two. Shooting stars are often incorrectly referred to as meteor showers by laypeople. Astronomers, on the other hand, speak of meteor streams or swarms of falling stars.

If you are one of the particularly interested stargazers, bring yours to the astronomical night hike binoculars or a professional telescope at the same time. You can then use it to see stars and planets that are less luminous and study the craters on the surface of the moon. This is also a great pleasure for imaginative science fiction fans like me!

Night hike - challenges for amateur astronomers

  1. Who can name most of the constellations?
  2. Who sees the most falling stars? (on a shooting star night)
  3. Who can spot the strangest pattern on the lunar surface? (With telescope)
  4. And my favorite challenge: who discovers extraterrestrial life? 😉

Checklist * for a night hike in the forest

  • 1 flashlight per person
  • Midnight snack, because hiking makes you hungry even at night 😉
  • Book with good scary stories (e.g. Stephen Kings Night shift
  • Quality camera for night shots
  • Smartphone for weather app, star app, emergencies
  • hiking map
  • Star map

For a warm night:

  • Cool bag with soft drinks or beer
  • Mosquito repellent

For a cold night:

  • Thermos with tea (or mulled wine)
  • Pack an extra jacket to put on

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