The Eifel National Park has majestic beech forests interspersed with gnarled oak woods and tumbling brooks ensconced in mysterious ravines. The chance to get close to nature offered by the numerous plant and animal species here is unrivalled anywhere in western Germany.
The Eifel National Park is located in North Rhine-Westphalia in the northern part of the Eifel region. Not only does it fill the gap that existed in the network of national parks in western Germany until recently, it is also the first conservation area to protect upland beech forests on acidic soil that are exposed to an Atlantic climate. Forests that once used to produce timber are now being transformed into wild, unspoilt woodland. The park also provides a vital habitat for more than 2,170 endangered plant and animal species. Wildcats hunt for mice in the large expanses of forest and beavers build their lodges in the clean water of the streams. Numerous types of bat and the kingfisher also enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the national park, as do the yellow narcissi that delight nature lovers with their magnificent floral display in the spring.
Visitors can discover a remarkable synthesis of woodland and water, and there are plenty of activities and attractions on offer. The national park can be explored independently or by taking a guided tour. Almost daily rangers lead groups through the park and reveal some of nature's secrets. The Eifel National Park Centre with its 2,000 square metre barrier-free exhibition "Wildnis(t)räume" (Wilderness Dreams) invites visitors to marvel and discover at the historic location of Vogelsang. The Eifel National Park Forestry Service organises exclusive group tours, lectures and expert tours on request. A number of special events are listed in the national park's events calendar.
Hikers and cyclists can choose from a wide range of tours and themed trails, from family-friendly right through to athletic. Special mobility services, such as the 'Wanderbus' bus serving the Eifelsteig hiking trail and a network of 19 train stations tailored to the needs of cyclists and hikers, ensure a comfortable and environmentally friendly journey. The region's highlights include a visit to the Eifel National Park, which becomes a 'Dark Sky Park' at night, the accessible natural Wild Kermeter wilderness trail and a stroll past remnants of Roman culture on the Roman Canal Hiking Trail (Römerkanal-Wanderweg).
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