Around Monschau

The Rursee

In the middle of the national park Eifel, in a picturesque setting and surrounded by nature is the Rursee.

There is the possibility to do a round with the bike around

the Rursee: 27 kilometers through a beautiful landscape, the water always by your side. The classic at the Rursee is however a hike along the shore or a tour with one of the Rurse ships.

The tour can also be extended to 42 kilometers, if you include the Upper and Urftsee.

Of course you can also swim in the lake. On hot summers it attracts many to Rurberg, Schwammenauel or Eschauel where you can relax on the shore and refresh yourself in the lake.

Whether hikers, anglers, sailors, nature enthusiasts of every kind will find a spot to enjoy at the Rursee.

Wildfreigehege Hellenthal

The Wildfreigehege Hellenthal with the Hellenthal wild bird station is located in Hellenthal (Kreis Euskirchen), a 65-hectare animal park south of the Eifel National Park.

The animal park was founded in 1967 and is privately owned. His focus is on native animal species presented in a natural environment. The Wildgehege and the bird of prey are open all year round.

The park includes red deer, fallow deer, black deer, muffle deer, lynx, foxes, wildcats, raccoons, martenhogs and wild horses.

In the bird of prey Hellenthal, eagles, buzzards, mules and hawks can be experienced in free flight. Even exotic birds of prey such as the eagle, the wild burchard, the white-headed eagle, the condor and the blauboard can be observed in the station. Flight demonstrations take place several times a day.

In the park there are also a playground, a children's zoo and a park-express also restaurants to be found.


The NS-Ordensburg Vogelsang is a building complex built by the National Socialists in the Eifel above the Urfttalsperre. The facility, the NSDAP between 1936 and 1939 served as a training facility for the offspring of the NSDAP leader. The part of the buildings under monument protection covers a gross floor area of ​​more than 50,000 square meters and with almost 100 hectares of built-up area as the largest construction site of national socialism in Germany.

After the Second World War, the complex was taken over by British forces, who set up the 6354 ha military base in the surrounding area. From 1950 to the end of 2005, the Belgian military forces took over the infrastructure, which set up a barracks under the name "Campvogelsang" and used or managed the military training center.

Today guests can get information on the area. There is information about the past of Vogelsang and the national park Eifel. There are also round-trips on the site, which can be done alone or during a guided tour.

Wildpark Schmidt

Explore the 36.5 hectare park in Nideggen / Schmidt (directly at the Rursee) on a tour.

Bring your children closer to nature and observe the native wildlife in their natural environment.

Discover various wild and demestic species such as deer, fallow deer, black deer, muffle deer, donkeys, dwarf goats, rabbits, chickens, pheasants, guinea pigs, ducks and geese.

With a bit of luck, they can also discover the wild animals, beavers, foxes, badgers, insects and birds.

National Park Eifel

Since 1 January 2004, North Rhine Westphalia has its first national park. It covers an area of ​​11,000 hectares. Here plants and animals can develop in peace.

A national park is a large and original protected area of ​​the most stringent German nature protection category. Man renounces economic uses in this area - nature is left to itself.

As a guest, you have the opportunity to discover this unique natural environment as an observer, hiker, cyclist or boat enthusiast.

The Eifel National Park is the first park to protect beech forests in the European Atlantic region at low-nutrient sites between 200 and 600 m. above sea level. NN. It also protects many endangered animal and plant species. Whether it's red males, black storks, wild cats, beavers, bat, mackerel, snake, eagle owl, wasp birch, kingfisher, neo-termite, black or middle-bred - here animals have a refuge as well as wild daffodil, English broom, spotted knotweed.