Naturbildung Hero Wald, © Fotograph G.Priske / Nationalparkforstamt Eifel

Learning from nature

Naturally Clever

From kingfishers to fire salamanders, from wild strawberries to cuckooflowers and from reservoirs to stalactite caves – North Rhine-Westphalia is abounding with nature in all its variety. Admiring the beautiful views is rewarding in itself, but it is even better to get a more up-close and personal experience of nature. This is possible on a ranger tour or in a “wilderness workshop”, where you can learn more about local flora and fauna and benefit from the in-depth knowledge of experts. You are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering the wonders of nature in your North Rhine-Westphalia!

Blick auf den Landschaftspark mit Greiskraut, © Thomas Berns

North Duisburg Landscape Park

North Duisburg Landscape Park is one of the Ruhr Area’s most iconic industrial heritage monuments, now transformed into a leisure park for the whole family.

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GeoPark Ruhrgebiet

Discover the world’s first geopark in a conurbation and learn how rocks and soil influence our lives in GeoPark Ruhrgebiet.

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Wahner Heide Dünen, © Bündnis Heideterrasse e.V._

The Wahn Heath

For Cologne residents, the Wahn Heath is a green recreation oasis right on their doorstep, while for 700 endangered plant and animal species, it is one of their last available refuges.

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Wisent-Wildness Wittgenstein

Feel at home among gentle giants: Encounter free-roaming European bison in the forests of Wittgenstein or see them up close in a fenced habitat at Wisent-Wildnis.

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09 Medebacher Bucht Aussicht, © Medebach Touristik - Oliver Brachat

Medebach Bay in Sauerland

Why venture to foreign lands when you have all this on your doorstep? Mild temperatures, abundant sunshine and idyllic countryside draw visitors to the “Tuscany of Sauerland”.

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Gymnich Mill

Children in particular will love this old water-mill in Rhine-Erft-County: There are loads of opportunities to experiment and enjoy water-based fun.

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