Eifelblick Eugenienstein , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

In­sider tips on the most beau­ti­ful parks and gar­dens in NRW

Wild­life and sculp­ture parks, botan­ic­al gar­dens and nature parks are all part of North Rhine-West­phali­a's di­verse green land­scape

In NR­W's parks and gar­dens, vis­it­ors en­counter wild­life, art, exot­ic plants and ex­tens­ive land­scapes. Dis­cov­er your ideal green get­away!

Little and large nat­ur­al won­ders

Lav­ender fields in From­hausen

Fancy a short hol­i­day in the south of France? In the Lip­pisch Provence in the Teuto­burg Forest re­gion, nature lov­ers will feel like they are in the Medi­ter­ranean in per­fumed, purple lav­ender fields. But­ter­flies and bumble bees tumble about amongst the vi­ol­et blos­soms; it smells like sum­mer. This place not only en­chants nature lov­ers, but also pho­to­graph­ers - so don?t for­get your cam­era. Our tip: A lav­ender photo shoot at sun­set.
www.bio­lan­d­hof-mei­wes.de | www.wanderbar­esleben.de

The Blue­bell Woods near Hück­el­hoven

Near Hück­el­hoven in the dis­trict of Heins­berg, the com­mon blue­bell grows in a small woods. The blue flowers, which are nor­mally at home in Eng­land, France or Bel­gi­um, bloom from about mid-April to mid-May. Short walks take you through the forest of blue blos­soms - benches in­vite you to re­lax and en­joy the view. A real hot­spot for photo lov­ers!

Kalden­kirchen se­quoia farm

A se­quoia farm in the middle of the Lower Rhine re­gion? In Kalden­kirchen­er Gren­zwald, 67-year-old moun­tain red­woods grow; there is also a grove of coastal red­woods, which are up to 40 metres in height, as well as 400 oth­er rare tree spe­cies. Vis­it­ors can walk through the park and mar­vel at the im­press­ive gi­ants. Rare birds also bustle about in the tree­tops.

Wild­life parks: track­ing down the loc­al fauna

Wild­wald Voss­winkel wild­life centre

At the Wild­wald Voss­winkel wild­life centre in Arns­berg, Sauer­land , vis­it­ors can get close to nature and the loc­al fauna in a wood­land set­ting. A lack of fences means that people can roam freely through­out most of the 250-hec­tare site, mak­ing the ex­per­i­ence as close to nature as pos­sible. The ani-mals that can be spot­ted at Wild­wald Voss­winkel in­clude roe deer, mou­flons, wild boar, red foxes, badgers, eagle owls and martens. Some rare live­stock breeds are also kept at the old Haar­hof farm, in­clud­ing Shrop­shire sheep and a vari­ety of pigs, goats, geese and ducks. Vis­it­ors who are in­ter­ested in the park's eco­sys­tem can learn more at the Waldakademie Voss­winkel forest edu­ca­tion centre.

Dül­men Ponies in Mer­feld Marsh

A very dif­fer­ent kind of wild­life park can be found in Mer­feld Marsh a few kilo­metres to the west of Dül­men in Mün­ster­land: this 400-hec­tare re­ser­va­tion is home not just to red deer, roe deer and sheep, but also the last re­main­ing herd of wild horses in con­tin­ent­al Europe. Around 400 Dül­men Ponies roam Mer­feld Marsh, which has been de­clared a nature re­serve. From spring to au­tumn vis­it­ors can watch the ponies as they peace­fully graze in the park. The last Sat­urday in May is al­ways a spec­tac­u­lar event: the herd is roun­ded up and the young stal­lions are sep­ar­ated and sub­sequently sold at auc­tion.

Where nature meets art: sculp­ture parks, etc.

Stadtpark (Mu­ni­cip­al Park) at the Mu­seum Quad­rat in Bot­trop

The Stadtpark (Mu­ni­cip­al Park) at the Mu­seum Quad­rat in Bot­trop is also worth see­ing. A sculp­ture park sur­rounds the mu­seum of pre­his­tory and loc­al his­tory, and entry is free. The sculp­tures ex­hib­ited in­clude works by Max Bill and Wal­ter Dexel.

Slag heap art in the Ruhr re­gion

A little ef­fort is re­quired to ex­per­i­ence the slag heap art of the Ruhr re­gion: vis­it­ors first have to climb the great heaps of coal min­ing slag, now land-marks of the Ruhr re­gion. At the top, climbers will find sculp­tures, land­scape art and land­marks by artists in­clud­ing Richard Serra.

Mu­seum In­sel Hom­broi­ch in Neuss

The Mu­seum In­sel Hom­broi­ch in Neuss is a unique at­trac­tion in the Lower Rhine re­gion. The amaz­ing en­semble of art on show in small ex­hib­i­tion pa­vil-ions in­cludes sculp­tures vis­it­ors can walk on, all in a park land­scape char­ac-ter­ised by flood­plains.

Skulp­turen­park Wald­frieden (Wald­frieden Sculp­ture Park) in Wup­per­tal

Skulp­turen­park Wald­frieden (Wald­frieden Sculp­ture Park) is an en­chant­ing sculp­ture park es­tab­lished by the Brit­ish sculptor Tony Cragg in Wup­per­tal. His amorph­ous works look par­tic­u­larly im­press­ive as the nat­ur­al light plays amid the oak, beech and chest­nut trees. Sculp­tures by oth­er artists are also reg­u­larly dis­played in the park.

Wald­skulp­turen­weg Wit­tgen­stein-Sauer­land (Wit­tgen­stein-Sauer­land Wood Sculp­ture Path)

Those who like to com­bine hik­ing and art will be in­ter­ested in the unique Wald­skulp­turen­weg Wit­tgen­stein-Sauer­land (Wit­tgen­stein-Sauer­land Wood Sculp­ture Path). The 23-kilo­metre route across the Rothaarkamm ridge re-veals a series of sculp­tures, in­clud­ing con­cep­tu­al art by Jochen Gerz and a huge golden egg by Mag­dalena Jete­lová.

Skulp­turen­park Köln sculp­ture park, Co­logne

A ro­tat­ing en­semble of ma­jor con­tem­por­ary sculp­ture can be viewed in Skulp­turen­park Köln sculp­ture park in Co­logne. The ex­hib­its are re­arranged and re­placed every two years.

Dis­cov­er rare plants in botan­ic­al gar­dens

Botan­ic­al Garden in Bonn

The botan­ic­al gar­dens of North Rhine-West­phali­a's uni­ver­sity cit­ies are not just for bud­ding bio­lo­gists: the pub­lic can also vis­it and mar­vel at the speci-mens on view. The botan­ic­al garden in Bonn has a par­tic­u­lar rar­ity in the ti­tan ar­um, the world's largest flower. On the rare oc­ca­sions when the plant flowers, the 100 kg fleshy in­flor­es­cence grows to a height of up to 1.80 metres in two days ? and then swiftly col­lapses.

Ruhr-Uni­versität Bo­chum Botan­ic­al Garden

The botan­ic­al garden of the Uni­versity of Bo­chum also has an over­sized at-trac­tion: the round leaves of the Vic­tor­ia wa­ter-lilies have a dia­met­er of 1.50 metres, which makes them im­press­ive enough without the ad­ded curi­os­ity of flowers that start out white be­fore turn­ing pink.

Green cit­ies: garden city and urb­an garden­ing

Mar­gareth­en­höhe Es­sen

The cit­ies of North Rhine-West­phalia have al­ways taken a cre­at­ive ap­proach to in­teg­rat­ing nature in­to the urb­an land­scape. In the 1920s, Ger­many's first garden city was built in Mar­gareth­en­höhe, Es­sen. Res­id­ents and vis­it­ors alike are still in love with the de­tached gable­front houses, ro­mantic ter­race façades and pretty front gar­dens of this vil­lage-with­in-a-city.

Neu­Land Köln: urb­an garden­ing in Co­logne

More and more city dwell­ers want a garden close to where they live in­stead of mov­ing out to the coun­tryside. In urb­an garden­ing, open spaces in the city are used to cre­ate little green oases or to grow ve­get­ables. These are usu­ally neigh­bour­hood pro­jects, like the mo­bile com­munity garden Neu­Land Köln. Loc­als have cre­ated their own garden with raised beds between the areas of Süd­stadt and Bay­enth­al at this former in­dus­tri­al site in Co­logne.

Won­ders of the Ori­ent in NRW

Ja­pan­ese gar­dens in Leverkusen and Düs­sel­dorf

In North Rhine-West­phalia, am­a­teur bot­an­ists will not just find gar­dens in­flu-en­ced by the main European hor­ti­cul­tur­al tra­di­tions. Two ex­traordin­ary Jap-an­ese gar­dens in Leverkusen and Düs­sel­dorf tem­por­ar­ily trans­port vis­it­ors to the Ori­ent. The Ja­pan­ese-themed park in Leverkusen fuses a num­ber of Asi­an and European hor­ti­cul­tur­al styles, where­as the to­pi­ary and char­ac­ter-ist­ic stone lan­terns of the Ja­pan­ese garden in the state cap­it­al are in strict ac­cord­ance with the Ja­pan­ese garden design rule­book.
www.leverkusen.de | www.duessel­dorf.de

Ruhr-Uni­versität Bo­chum Chinese Garden

The Chinese garden of the Uni­versity of Bo­chum provides an oas­is for med­it­a­tion and re­lax­a­tion. Nat­ur­al ma­ter­i­als like stone, wood and tiles have been in­teg­rated in­to the in­tric­ately de­signed gar­denscape to cre­ate a har­mo­ni­ous com­bin­a­tion of ar­chi­tec­ture, wa­ter fea­tures and plants.

Images and videos

Lass Dich in­spir­i­er­en: Dein NRW in Bildern

Ausblick in den Park, © ccvision
Beim Haldenwandern im Ruhrgebiet wartet auf den Gipfeln Kunst auf die Wanderer, wie hier der Tetraeder in Bottrop
Museum Insel Hombroich in Neuss am Niederrhein, © Tourismus NRW
Wanderung während der Narzissenblüte im Eifeler Naturpark Hohes Venn, © Naturpark Hohes Venn
Sauerland Wanderer auf dem Goldenen Pfad, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
Eifel_Fingerhutfeld, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
Eifel_Dreiborner Hochfläche, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
Garten der Generationen, Preussisch Oldendorf, Teutoburger Wald, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Nature re­serves

Panorama Elberndorftal, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Nature parks in NRW

Narzisseblüte in den Eifeltälern, © Naturpark Hohes Venn - Eifel

High Fens-Eifel Nature Park

Torfmoor in Hille, © Gemeinde Hille

Großes Tor­f­moor

Panorama am Heimatblick, © Rhein Voreifel Touristik e.V.

South­ern Rhine­land Nature Park

Münsterland Dülmen Wildpferde Herde, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Hohe Mark Nature Park

Der Rursee im Nationalpark Eifel, © Nationalpark Eifel - Nationalparkverwaltung

Eifel Na­tion­al Park

Siebengebirge Ölberg Panorama , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

The wild Siebenge­birge

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

Schwalm-Nette Nature Park

In­sider tips for...

Rheinradweg NRW, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Ralph Sondermann

Ex­cur­sions on the Rhine

Eifelblick Eugenienstein , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Nature Fans

Das Restaurant "Glück und Seligkeit" in Bielefeld ist in einer früheren Kirche untergebracht., © glückundseligkeit.de

Un­usu­al gast­ro­nomy in NRW