View over the Urft reservoir in autumn, © 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.

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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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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