Blick über den Urftstausee im Herbst , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Wonders of nature in North Rhine-Westphalia

Natural scenic attractions and tranquil woods

The landscape of NRW is bursting with colour. Dotted among the extensive swathes of green, visitors will spot splashes of vibrant colour in places like Zwillbrocker Venn in Münsterland, the home of Europe’s most northerly pink flamingo breeding colony. A sea of yellow awaits in the Eifel, meanwhile, both in early spring when the wild daffodils start to appear and a little later when the broom shrubs begin to flower. Mysterious caves in Sauerland, legend-steeped rock formations in the Teutoburg Forest, a wild herd of European bison in Siegerland-Wittgenstein and the discovery site of Neanderthal man provide further colourful attractions.

Wisent Welt Bad Berleburg , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Wild NRW - our "Big Five"

Nordrhein-Westfalen is not only notably green, but also very wild and colourful. Whoever is out and about to explore nature, will come across some surprise.

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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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Werksgelände von Rheinkalk am Steinbruch Prangenhaus, © Kreis Mettmann

The Neander Valley

A visit to the Neander Valley is a journey into the early history of man and the landscape: Ice Age animals and traces of the famous Neanderthal man await.

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