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Medebacher Bucht, © Sauerlandtourismus Fotograf Oliver Brachat

Wonders of nature


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.

Die Flamingos am Zwillbrocker Venn teilen sich ihren Lebensraum mit Kolonien von Lachmöwen, © Biologische Station Zwillbrock 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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Die Herde der Wisent-Wildnis, © Wisent Welt Wittgenstein

Wisent-Wildness Wittgenstein

Feel at home among gentle giants: Encounter free-roaming European bison in the forests of Wittgenstein or see them up close in a fenced habitat at Wisent-Wildnis.

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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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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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Getreidefeld auf der Genussroute, © Münsterland e.V.

The NaturGenussRoute

The “NaturGenussRoute” in Münsterland provides the perfect combination of idyllic cycling country and regional delicacies for cycling gourmands.

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