Sauerland Hemer Rock Sea, © 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.