Der Wilde Weg
Der wilde Weg in Nationalpark Eifel, Holzsteg, © Nationalpark Eifel, Dominik Ketz
  • Distance: 1.5 km
  • Duration: 0:23 h
  • Difficulty: easy

Der Wilde Weg

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The “Wilde Weg” is a 1.5 kilometre-long nature discovery path in the Eifel National Park.

Due to the short length and the ten interactive stations along the way, the path is an exciting activity for children in particular. But of course, visitors of all ages can find out about the wilderness, the development of the forests and the wide variety of animals and plants in the Eifel National Park here. 

You also experience how storms affect a forest, can test your strength on a climbing course or feel like a scientist in a research station. A 210 m-long wooden path leads through the forest wilderness, giving visitors new perspectives and insights into the natural world. Visitors can enter into a tunnel - in the form of a tree trunk lying on the ground - to find out more about different types of animal and the ways in which they use old and dead wood. Elsewhere, life-size steel silhouettes of animals demonstrate how they influence the development of the forest.

The path is part of the barrier-free “Wilder Kermeter” nature experience area, and is therefore also suitable for parents with prams. The Kermeter is one of the largest uninterrupted forested regions in North Rhine-Westphalia and as a Natura2000 area enjoys a special protected status beyond that of a normal national park.

The barrier-free nature experience area can be reached via the “Kermeter-Hochstrasse” (L15) between Schleiden-Gemünd/-Wolfgarten and Heimbach-Schwammenauel.
The GPS coordinates of the barrier-free parking space for cars and tourist buses are N50° 36.975667 E6° 26.146167.

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Vogelsang IP

Vogelsang IP mit Blick auf Urftsee, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

In September 2016, the new visitor’s and exhibition centre, the Forum Vogelsang IP, was opened. The two main exhibitions are the documentation of the National Socialist period, “Destiny: Master Race. National Socialist Ordensburgen - Both Fascination and Crime” and the adventure exhibition “Wilderness Dreams” organised by the Eifel National Park Centre.

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Eifel National Park centre - “Wildnis(t)räume” exhibition

Führung durch das Nationalpark-Zentrum Eifel, © Nationalpark Eifel, D. Ketz

In the Eifel National Park centre at the Vogelsang IP “International Place”, visitors can experience nature with all their senses - indoors and outdoors. Surrounded by dense mixed deciduous forests, the modern visitors’ centre above the Urftsee lake has hosted the “Wildnis(t)räume” (“Wilderness Dreams”) exhibition - a barrier-free, interactive nature experience for people of all ages. The Eifel National Park centre is open all year round.

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Ausflugslokal Urfttalsperre

Gastro, © Nordeifel Tourismus GmbH
In the middle of the Eifel National Park lies our excursion restaurant, with a magnificent view and a good home-style ambience. Details ansehen
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Start: Parkplatz Kermeter

Destination: Parkplatz Kermeter

Distance: 1.5 km

Duration: 0:23 h

Difficulty: easy

Tour-type: Hiking

Ascent: 12 m

Descent: 12 m

Features:

  • Round tour
  • Family-friendly
  • Barrier-free

Eifel Tourismus GmbH

Kalvarienbergstraße 1
54595 Prüm
Phone: +49 6551 96560

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All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility tested - accessible for visually impaired people and blind people".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report at the end of the text.

  • The 1.9 km circular hiking trail begins and ends at the "Kermeter" rest area. It leads through the forest and has numerous experience stations.
  • The entire circular trail is easy to walk and drive on and has a visually rich in contrast and tactilely detectable walkway boundary.
  • There are no obstacles and danger points.
  • Seating opportunities are available at intervals of approx. 100 m.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed.
  • Tactile overview plans in Braille or prismatic writing can be used for orientation.
  • The information on the exhibits is visually rich in contrast, available in Braille or prismatic writing and there are some audio stations.
  • Experience stations:
    • Station 1: Cave station - The path leads over a wooden bridge. All panels are available in easy language, English, French, Dutch, Braille and prismatic writing. Different caves can be visited and touched.
    • Station 2: Trunk tunnel - The tunnel is on the footbridge.
    • Station 3: Forces of nature and mushroom station - Different wind strengths can be experienced. Subsequently, native mushroom species can be touched/seen.
    • Station 4: Animal silhouettes - Different animal silhouettes can be touched along the route.
    • Station 5: Tree trunk - The inner life of a tree as well as its length and trunk are explained and presented with different exhibits. One can walk along a tree trunk.
    • Station 6: Resting station - Two benches are available.
    • Station 7: Köhlerlatte - The early history of the region is explained with information boards and silhouettes.
    • Station 8: Research station - In a large covered wooden pavilion different data and facts about the national park are explained, all of which can be experienced through several senses.
    • Station 9: Climbing course - The guests have a climbing course at their disposal which leads over different tree trunks and ladders. (Trail accessible, climbing route not accessible). The trunks are secured on one side with a handrail.
    • Station 10: Change of perspective - On the last section of the trail, various quotations are printed on wooden beams, inviting you to linger and reflect. These can also be experienced through several senses and languages.
  • Guided tours are offered for visually impaired and blind people. The "public" guided tours can be taken without prior registration. Dates can be found in the event calendar at www.nationalpark-eifel.de. In addition, individual tours can be booked.
  • Guest guides are trained in such a way that visually impaired guests and blind guests can take part in any guided tour and their concerns are taken into account.
Prüfbericht: Sehbehinderung / Blinde

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility tested - accessible for people with cognitive impairments".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report at the end of the text.

  • The 1.9 km circular hiking trail begins and ends at the "Kermeter" rest area. It leads through the forest and has numerous experience stations.
  • There is an uninterrupted guidance system.
  • Information on orientation and the exhibits is available in easy language or in the form of photorealistic representations.
  • Guided tours are offered for guests with cognitive impairments. The "public" guided tours can be taken without prior registration. Dates can be found in event the calendar at www.nationalpark-eifel.de. In addition, individual tours can be booked.
  • Guest guides are trained in such a way that guests with cognitive impairments can take part in any tour and their concerns are taken into account.
Prüfbericht: Kognitive Beeinträchtigungen

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility tested - accessible for people with hearing impairment and deaf people".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report at the end of the text.

  • The 1.9 km circular hiking trail begins and ends at the "Kermeter" rest area. It leads through the forest and has numerous experience stations.
  • Information for orientation is available in written form and in the form of photorealistic representations.
  • Guided tours are offered for people with hearing disabilities and deaf people. The "public" guided tours can be taken without prior registration. Dates can be found in the event calendar at www.nationalpark-eifel.de. In addition, individual tours can be booked.
  • Sign language interpreters can be organized.
Prüfbericht: Hörbehinderung / Gehörlose

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility tested - accessible for people with walking disabilities and wheelchair users".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report at the end of the text.

  • The 1.9 km circular hiking trail begins and ends at the "Kermeter" rest area. It leads through the forest and has numerous adventure stations.
  • There are 10 marked parking spaces for people with disabilities (parking space width/length: 350 cm x 500 cm; distance to the starting point approx. 100 m).
  • The path from the car park and the public transport bus stop "Wilder Kermeter" (line 231) to the starting point is easy to walk and drive on.
  • The entire circular trail is easy to walk and drive on (water-bound cover and a wooden path at 210 m). The maximum gradient is 6 % over a length of 5 m.
  • Seats are available at intervals of approx. 100 m.
  • Exhibits are visible when standing and sitting.
  • Experience stations:
    • Station 1: Cave station - The trail leads over a wooden footbridge.
    • Station 2: Trunk tunnel - The tunnel is on the footbridge.
    • Station 3: Forces of nature and mushroom station - Different wind strengths can be experienced. The station is also located on the footbridge.
    • Station 4: Animal silhouettes - After the footbridge the trail leads over a water-bound cover.
    • Station 5: Tree trunk - You can walk along a tree trunk.
    • Station 6: Resting station - Two benches are available.
    • Station 7: Köhlerlatte
    • Station 8: Research Station - In a large roofed wooden pavilion different data and facts about the national park are explained.
    • Station 9: Climbing course - The guests have a climbing course at their disposal which leads over different tree trunks and ladders. (Trail accessible, climbing route not accessible). The logs are secured on one side with a handrail.
    • Station 10: Change of perspective
  • Guided tours for people with walking disabilities and wheelchair users are offered. The "public" guided tours can be taken without prior registration. Dates can be found in the event calendar at www.nationalpark-eifel.de. In addition, individual tours can be booked.
  • Guest guides are trained in such a way that guests with walking disabilities and wheelchair users can take part in any guided tour and their concerns are taken into account.

Public toilet for people with disabilities (at the rest area)

  • A Euro key is required for the toilet.
  • Access is threshold-free and stepless. The door width is 89 cm.
  • The manoeuvering spaces are:
    • left of the toilet 104 cm x 72 cm, right 93 cm x 72 cm;
    • in front of the toilet, washbasin and door at least 150 cm x 150 cm.
  • There are handles on both sides of the toilet that can be folded up.
  • The washbasin is wheelchair compatible. The mirror can be seen while standing or sitting.
Prüfbericht: GehbehinderungPrüfbericht: Rollstuhlfahrer

Zertifiziert im Zeitraum:
March 2018 - February 2021
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