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An accessible walk along the Wilder Weg, Eifel National Park

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Eifel National Park
© Debbie North
Eifel National Park
© Debbie North

Eifel National Park, which is about 30 KM / (18 miles) south east of Aachen, is the only National Park in North Rhine-Westphalia
Kermeter Natural Adventure is set in the heart of Eifel National Park. There is over five kilometres of accessible tracks to explore in this part of the Park. A local bus service is available from Heimbach to Kermeter.

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The buses are all wheelchair accessible The walk starts at car park Kermeter (Disabled parking bays are available). Here you will find accessible toilets and facilities.

The Hirschley is the viewing area which has breath taking views over Lake Rursee. It is a 2.7km uphill climb to the top of Hirschley, which can be quite challenging for those in a manual wheelchair.

There are plenty of seats along the way to rest weary legs and to stop to admire the views. Also from the carpark is the start of the Wilder Weg Trail.

This 1.5km wheelchair friendly walk has been designed to be inclusive for all. The walk starts on a wooden walkway which is ideal for any type of wheelchair.

Visitors to this part of the Park can learn about the nature of this area through the interactive displays. Signage is in braille and there are tactile sculptures to explore. A bronze model provides information on the national park and reservoirs. There is an orientation plan on the ground for blind and partially sighted walkers. Information is also presented in high-contrast, large raised lettering and German Braille. It is also available audio format.

There is a free guided tour with a ranger every Sunday at 1pm. No advance booking required.

About twenty minute drive by car is the Vogelsang IP Forum, where there is a fabulous multi-sensory exhibition in the visitor centre. “Dreams of Wilderness” is an interactive exhibition which inspires wonder and understanding about the importance of Eifel National Park and about our eco systems globally and is well worth a visit.

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Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".