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Torfmoor in Hille, © Gemeinde Hille

Großes Tor­f­moor


A re­gen­er­ated nature re­serve in the Teuto­burg Forest

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.

Near Minden in the Teuto­burg Forest lies the only nat­ur­al hab­it­at of its kind in North Rhine-West­phalia: the ?Großes Tor­f­moor? turf bog. Loc­ated between Hille and Lüb­becke, it is not only the largest re­main­ing area of bog­land in the state, but also an ex­tremely im­port­ant nature re­serve. Many rare spe­cies of plants and an­im­als have found refuge here since re­gen­er­a­tion work com­menced in the 1970s.

A scat­ter­ing of ob­ser­va­tion towers provide the best views of the ro­mantic land­scape with its bog pools, open ex­panses of wa­ter and heath­land. From this height, the peaks of the Wiehen Hills can be spot­ted ? and lucky vis­it­ors can even catch a glimpse of a stork. The lanky birds raise their chicks in the area around the Großes Tor­f­moor since they are able to find plenty of food in the sparsely cul­tiv­ated wet­land mead­ows.

A bog dis­cov­ery path, guided tours and an ex­hib­i­tion for vis­it­ors

Even when there are no storks around, this bog­land between the Wiehen Hills and the Mit­tel­land Canal has plenty for vis­it­ors to see and do. Highly re­com­men­ded is the bog dis­cov­ery path, a roughly three-kilo­metre-long cir­cu­lar trail which is ac­cess­ible for push­chairs and wheel­chairs. Eight stops along the way in­form vis­it­ors about the co-de­pend­en­cies in the eco­sys­tem and about the in­di­vidu­al plants and an­im­als liv­ing in the bog. The im­pact of man on the land­scape right­fully gets a men­tion too: the bog al­most dis­ap­peared en­tirely be­cause of hu­man activ­ity in the form of turf cut­ting. Ex­tens­ive drain­age works were un­der­taken from the start of the 20th cen­tury to har­vest the peat ? and when the wa­ter dis­ap­peared so too did the hab­it­at of many an­im­al and plant spe­cies. Four dec­ades of re­gen­er­a­tion work has not un­for­tu­nately been enough to at­tract all the flora and fauna back to their former home... 

Vis­it­ors who would like great­er in­sight in­to the bog land­scape can take a guided tour. The con­ser­va­tion so­ci­ety NABU Minden Lüb­becke or­gan­ises tours for both adults and chil­dren. The moon­light tours are a par­tic­u­lar high­light for young ex­plorers, who lap up the ac­com­pa­ny­ing tales of vam­pires, bog bod­ies and car­ni­vor­ous plants. The flesh-eat­ers are among the very few spe­cies of plants able to make a home in the acid­ic, nu­tri­ent-poor bog, which also ex­per­i­ences fairly high tem­per­at­ures in sum­mer due to the lack of tree cov­er. Any­one keen to ex­per­i­ence what the bog feels like can step in to the muddy bog hole after the tour. Some ad­vice be­fore you try it: bring a tow­el and reck­on on a long clean-up af­ter­wards. For the less ad­ven­tur­ous, a vis­it to the ex­hib­i­tion at the NABU Moorhus in­form­a­tion centre is well worth­while. Here, vis­it­ors can learn more about the ori­gins and life of the bog through ex­plan­a­tions, im­ages, ex­hib­its, videos, au­dio stor­ies and in­ter­act­ive ele­ments.

Open­ing hours:

1 April to 30 Septem­ber:
Wed­nes­day - Sat­urday: 14:00 - 18:00
Sunday and pub­lic hol­i­days: 11:00 - 18:00

1 Oc­to­ber to 31 March:
Wed­nes­day - Sat­urday: 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday and pub­lic hol­i­days: 11:00 - 17:00

Images and videos


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Bohlenweg im großen Torfmoor, © NABU Kreisverband Minden Lübbecke Fotograf Wolfgang Sack
Südblick auf das Torfmoor, © NABU Kreisverband Minden-Lübbecke Fotograf Wolfgang Sack
Torfmoor in Hille, © Gemeinde Hille

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