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Pflanzenkunde für Kinder, © Nationalpark Eifel - S. Wilden

Guided ranger tours in Eifel National Park


A rewarding experience with the national park experts

Rangers know a great deal about nature and local lore. These outdoorsy Eifel types are experts in their field.

As well as the volunteer forest guides, visitors to Eifel National Park can choose to be guided through the wilderness by a professional ranger. The main duty of the rangers is to make sure that no plants or animals are disturbed in their range of Eifel National Park. Whether they are being led by a forest guide or a park ranger, visitors should at all times show respect for the habitat of the different species of plants and animals they encounter along the way. The rangers are full-time caretakers of the landscape and the national park, and they share their knowledge with visitors on a variety of tours.

Many of the free-of-charge tours are organised on a regular basis, and would also be of interest to children. Indeed, some are pushchair-accessible. Every month, the rangers lead a tour with a seasonally changing theme, which might involve identifying animal prints in the snow or learning to recognise different flowers or animals. Summer tours are rounded off by a group barbecue, and in winter participants can warm themselves up with mulled wine or non-alcoholic punch. Every Saturday, meanwhile, ranger tours depart for Rurberg and to visit the cliffs that are the favourite haunts of wall lizards and smooth snakes. Another tour organised on Saturdays follows winding paths right to the top of the Kermeter upland, where an old fire lookout tower provides breath-taking views of the national park. For wheelchair-users, ranger-led boat tours provide a wonderful way to see the park, and many tours are also adapted to the hard-of-hearing and visually impaired. 

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Nationalpark Eifel - S. Wilden, © Nationalpark Eifel - S. Wilden
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