On the second day, we continue our search for wild animals in NRW. In the Merfelder Bruch nature conservation area near Dülmen, they are easy to find. A huge herd of wild horses stops to rest on the broad meadows. Pressed tightly together, they nibble each other and shoo away the flies with their bristly tails. These small horses with grey or brown colouring may not be particularly large, but they are extremely robust. They are the only horse breed in Europe that has always lived in the wild. The herd in the Merfelder Bruch conservation area consists of about 400 horses. The guided walk with the forest ranger inside the barrier is particularly recommended. Here, visitors can get to see the horses right up close, and learn all about these spirited creatures.
However, the area is not just home to the horses, but also to fallow deer, sheep and “Heidschnucke” moorland sheep. The unspoilt nature of this conservation area offers great opportunities for long walks. With its moors, heathland, birch groves and evergreen forests, it offers a highly varied experience.
From nature to culture. Not far from the Merfelder Bruch conservation area is the Schloss Nordkirchen palace, which is also known as the “Westphalian Versailles”. The elaborately designed formal gardens are among the most beautiful in Europe. At weekends and on public holidays, visitors can view the impressive palace with its splendid columns and intricate stucco work as part of a guided tour.
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