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Höfen national park gate


Monschau

The Höfen national park gate is an information centre that combines tourist information with an exhibition about the Eifel national park.


National park gates are the best places to start any visit to the national park. They are information centres that combine tourist information and different exhibitions on national park-related topics. On digital models of the site, visitors can gain a first impression, while the national park film is a good introduction before entering the park. The staff at the national park gates will be happy to give tips about hikes and events.

The exhibition at the Höfen national park gate is called “Narzissenrausch und Waldwandel” (“Glorious narcissi and forest transformation”). A special atmosphere is created by the oversized representations of wild narcissi. The narcissi theme has a special role to play throughout the national park. Thousands of the flowers can be seen near the gate in the spring. The coniferous trees that surround them, which were planted when the forest was still commercially managed, will gradually make way for a natural mixed deciduous forest. Acoustic, scented and tactile stations enable visitors to experience the exhibition with all their senses.

Basic features of the Höfen national park gate

  • Tourist Information
  • “Glorious narcissi and forest transformation” exhibition
  • Digital model of the site
  • National park films
  • Multiple languages: All audio texts are available in German, Dutch, French and English.

National park gate opening times from 1 January 2018

  • April to October: 9 am - 1 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm
  • November to March: 10 am - 1 pm and 1.30 pm - 4 pm
  • Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve: 10 am - 1 pm
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day: closed

Barrier-free accessibility for people with limited mobility

Verified information:

  • There is a car park for people with a disability in front of the entrance of the national park gate and the restaurant “Zur alten Molkerei”.
  • Access to the building is step-free (doorstep 1 cm). The bistro “Zur alten Molkerei” is also in the national park gate building and is step-free.
  • The counter at the reception and tourist information desk is lowered.
  • All rooms and facilities open to visitors are step-free, or accessible by wheelchair lift.
  • The wheelchair lift on the ground floor (exhibition area on the ground floor, counter/tourist information, WC) to the stage and film area has a platform size of 105 cm x 136 cm (breadth x depth).
  • All passageways and doors are at least 90 cm wide.
  • The exhibits and individual exhibition stations are easily visible and operable standing and seated.
  • The WC for people with disabilities can be approached from both sides (min. 90 cm x 70 cm); folding holding bars are provided on both sides. The movement areas in front of the WC and washbasin are at least 150 cm x 150 cm in size.

Barrier-free accessibility for people with hearing difficulties

Verified information:

  • An inductive loop system is provided.
  • Exhibition contents (stations, exhibits) are described in detail in writing and/or using multimedia.
  • In the film room, films are shown with German sign language and subtitles
  • On request, the Eifel national park administration organises guided tours through the exhibition in sign language

Barrier-free for the deaf

Verified information:

  • An inductive loop system is provided.
  • Exhibition contents (stations, exhibits) are described in detail in writing and/or using multimedia.
  • In the film room, films are shown with German sign language and subtitles
  • On request, the Eifel national park administration organises guided tours through the exhibition in sign language

Partial barrier-free accessibility for people with a visual impairment

Verified information:

  • Guide dogs may be brought in.
  • There are no obstacles, such as objects protruding onto the path or cobblestones.
  • The outside paths from the car park to the entrance have visually contrasting, tactile ground surface indicators.
  • The entrance door is not highlighted in a visually contrasting manner against the surrounding area.
  • There are no glass, carousel or rotating doors.
  • The entrance area and indoor passageways are designed in a visually contrasting way.
  • In the exhibition, a tactile guidance system is provided with ground surface indicators.
  • The visitor guidance system and the exhibit signs are designed in easily legible, high-contrast font.
  • The visitor guidance system and the exhibit signs are tactile.
  • Information is available in Braille.

Barrier-free for the blind

Verified information:

  • Guide dogs may be brought in.
  • There are no obstacles, such as objects protruding onto the path or cobblestones.
  • The outside paths from the car park to the entrance have visually contrasting, tactile ground surface indicators.
  • The entrance door is not highlighted in a visually contrasting manner against the surrounding area.
  • There are no glass, carousel or rotating doors.
  • The entrance area and indoor passageways are designed in a visually contrasting way.
  • In the exhibition, a tactile guidance system is provided with ground surface indicators.
  • The visitor guidance system and the exhibit signs are designed in easily legible, high-contrast font.
  • The visitor guidance system and the exhibit signs are tactile.
  • Information is available in Braille.

Certified in accordance with the German federal labelling system, “Travel for all”

Verified information:

  • Car park available for people with a disability
  • Step-free access to all rooms
  • Public WC available for people with a disability
  • Inductive loops provided
  • Guide dogs are permitted
  • Acoustic, tactile stations
  • Films with subtitles and translated into sign language
  • Floor guidance system
  • Texts also provided in Braille
  • Audio guides are available with audio texts
  • The Eifel national park administration organises guided tours through the exhibition in sign language
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Certified in accordance with the German federal labelling system, “Travel for all”

Verified information:

  • Car park available for people with a disability
  • Step-free access to all rooms
  • Public WC available for people with a disability
  • Inductive loops provided
  • Guide dogs are permitted
  • Acoustic, tactile stations
  • Films with subtitles and translated into sign language
  • Floor guidance system
  • Texts also provided in Braille
  • Audio guides are available with audio texts
  • The Eifel national park administration organises guided tours through the exhibition in sign language

Barrier-free accessibility for people with limited mobility

Verified information (details in the download area):

  • There is a car park for people with a disability in front of the entrance of the national park gate and the restaurant “Zur alten Molkerei”.
  • Access to the building is step-free (doorstep 1 cm). The bistro “Zur alten Molkerei” is also in the national park gate building and is step-free.
  • The counter at the reception and tourist information desk is lowered.
  • All rooms and facilities open to visitors are step-free, or accessible by wheelchair lift.
  • The wheelchair lift on the ground floor (exhibition area on the ground floor, counter/tourist information, WC) to the stage and film area has a platform size of 105 cm x 136 cm (breadth x depth).
  • All passageways and doors are at least 90 cm wide.
  • The exhibits and individual exhibition stations are easily visible and operable standing and seated.
  • The WC for people with disabilities can be approached from both sides (min. 90 cm x 70 cm); folding holding bars are provided on both sides. The movement areas in front of the WC and washbasin are at least 150 cm x 150 cm in size.

Barrier-free accessibility for people with hearing difficulties

Verified information (details in the download area):

  • An inductive loop system is provided.
  • Exhibition contents (stations, exhibits) are described in detail in writing and/or using multimedia.
  • In the film room, films are shown with German sign language and subtitles
  • On request, the Eifel national park administration organises guided tours through the exhibition in sign language

Barrier-free for the deaf

Verified information (details in the download area):

  • An inductive loop system is provided.
  • Exhibition contents (stations, exhibits) are described in detail in writing and/or using multimedia.
  • In the film room, films are shown with German sign language and subtitles
  • On request, the Eifel national park administration organises guided tours through the exhibition in sign language

Barrier-free for the blind

Verified information (details in the download area):

  • Guide dogs may be brought in.
  • There are no obstacles, such as objects protruding onto the path or cobblestones.
  • The outside paths from the car park to the entrance have visually contrasting, tactile ground surface indicators.
  • The entrance door is not highlighted in a visually contrasting manner against the surrounding area.
  • There are no glass, carousel or rotating doors.
  • The entrance area and indoor passageways are designed in a visually contrasting way.
  • In the exhibition, a tactile guidance system is provided with ground surface indicators.
  • The visitor guidance system and the exhibit signs are designed in easily legible, high-contrast font.
  • The visitor guidance system and the exhibit signs are tactile.
  • Information is available in Braille.

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Natur für jeden erlebbar, © Nationalparkverwaltung Eifel
Barrierefreie Erlebnisse im Nationalpark, © G.Priske/Nationalpark Eifel
In Höfen kann man alles über die Natur erfahren, © G.Priske/Nationalpark Eifel
Das Tor zum Nationalpark in Höfen, © Nationalparkverwaltung Eifel

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