Sauerland Hemer Felsenmeer, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Nature reserves in North Rhine-Westphalia

Naturally wild

In NRW, ancient woodland is making a comeback, rivers are again shaping their own natural courses, and rare animals like the European bison and the wildcat are returning to their former habitats. Visitors usually do not need to travel too far to find themselves in the middle of the wilderness. North Rhine-Westphalia’s nature reserves provide a relaxing, verdant contrast to the non-stop action of city life. A total of 12 nature parks and the state’s only national park provide a variety of landscapes to enjoy nature at its unspoilt best.

Panorama Elberndorftal, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Nature parks in NRW

In the 12 nature parks in NRW, the beauty of nature can be explored right up close. Many unusual and threatened animals and plants have settled here.

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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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Siebengebirge Ölberg Panorama , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

The wild Siebengebirge

Offering magnificent views of the Rhine, the Siebengebirge mountains tower above the river in a captivating natural landscape of stone and forest.

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Torfmoor in Hille, © Gemeinde Hille

Großes Torfmoor

Enter the bog – the domain of the flesh-eating plants! The peat bog in the Teutoburg Forest provides some unique experiences. Get close to this natural habitat with a guided tour.

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