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Kleiner Junge spielt mit Schnecke, © Sauerland Tourismus e.V.
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Pause im 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!

Gymnicher Mühle, © Rhein-Erft-Kreis

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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Ausblick auf den Wupperlauf, © Gunnar Bäldle

The Wupper

The Wupper was once known as a polluted industrial river. Today, it has been reclaimed for nature and recreation.

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Der Rursee im Nationalpark Eifel, © Nationalpark Eifel - Nationalparkverwaltung

Eifel National Park

Wild cats, black storks and a sea of wild daffodils – North Rhine-Westphalia’s only national park is a paradise for nature lovers.

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Erfrischender Wasserlauf im Naturpark Schwalm-Nette, © Naturpark Schwalm-Nette

Schwalm-Nette Nature Park

Schwalm-Nette Nature Park provides important habitats for plants and animals, as well as a popular recreation area for visitors to the Lower Rhine.

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