Top distinctive natural features
The varied landscape of the Eifel
The Eifel has a varied natural landscape.
In the Eifel National Park, the landscape is full of water features, and protects the woodrush beech forest. Violent volcanic eruptions and lava flows several kilometres long used to dominate the “face” of today's Volcanic Eifel, whose maars are also known as the “eyes of the Eifel”. At the edge of the Ferschweiler plateau in the South Eifel nature park, rugged rock formations of sandstone jut upwards such as the “Teufelsschlucht”, or devil’s crevasse, whose bizarre shapes have been formed over millions of years by “wind and water”.
In the Eifel, nature preservation is taken seriously, while at the same time, work is conducted on making these special landscapes accessible to visitors.
Now, the wide variety of orchids in many parts of the Eifel can be discovered, as can the protected juniper areas, the rare zinc violet, the moorland and heathland of the Hohes Venn, or high fen, and the golden yellow glory of the narcissi during the spring months.