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Natur Eifel: Teufelsschlucht im Naturpark Südeifel, © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH/D. Ketz

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.


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Windsborn Kratersee, © GesundLand Vulkaneifel GmbH/D. Ketz

Windsborn Kratersee


A special geological highlight is the Windsborn crater lake which is part of the Mosenberg volcano group. It was wrongly referred to as Maar in the past but today it is clear that its origin was different.


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Die Teufelsschlucht bei Ernzen, © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH

"Teufelsschlucht" (Devil's Gorge)


A natural monument of extraordinary fascination: a narrow gorge with metre-high rock faces, cool and dark. Cracks and crevices, weathered and overgrown with mosses and lichens. Anyone walking through this eye of a needle in the sandstone is walking through a 200-million-year-old seabed that harbours many secrets…

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Wallender Born Geysir, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Wallender Born


A seemingly peaceful fountain awakens, begins to bubbling. Suddenly, a fountain of 9 ° C of cold water shoots into the sky, for six minutes it bubbles up. The haunted by, the "Brubbel" like the locals call their phenomenon affectionate, is just as flashy…

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Nationalpark Eifel: Panorama Rursee mit Urfttalsperre, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH/D.Ketz

Eifel National Park

Woods, water, wilderness - the only National Park in North Rhine-Westfalia is worth exploring with a ranger.

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Wilde Narzissen wachsen in der Eifel., © Naturpark Hohes Venn - Eifel

Narcissi in the Eifel

Wild narcissi in the Eifel turn fields into yellow carpets of flowers.

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Hohes Venn bei Botrange, ©

The High Fens


One of the last Highland moors in Europe. One particulary special nature experience are the hiking trails over wooden walkways.

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Galmeiveilchen, © Stolberg-Touristik

Calamine flowers


The unique calamine violet in and around Stolberg shows itself especially in the months of May to August. Calamine flora or calamine vegetation is the botanical name of two plant communities of metallophytes on soil containing heavy metals.


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Auf dem Kindgen, © Foto: Svenja Schulze-Entrup, Quelle: Touristik-Büro Vordereifel

Juniper heathlands, Vordereifel region


The juniper heathlands of the Vordereifel region are a real insider tip. They were created as a result of a particular form of land management.


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Blick auf das Weinfelder Maar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH

The Eifel maars

The water-filled maars are the symbol of the volcanic Eifel. But what is actually a maar?.

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Orchideen - Pyramidenorchis, © Naturpark Südeifel/P. Wagner

Orchids in the South Eifel nature park

The fascination of wild-growing orchids. The south Eifel region is home to around 30 species.

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