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The fully accessible Wild Kermeter area for experiencing nature

Nature made accessible for everyone

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The fully accessible Wild Kermeter area for experiencing nature is situated on the slopes of the Kermeter hills between the Rursee and Urftsee reservoirs, right in the middle of the Eifel National Park. This project run by the Eifel National Park Forestry Office in conjunction with the Naturpark Nordeifel association aims to allow everyone to experience the unique nature of the park, whether old or young, and whether or not they have disabilities. The Wild Kermeter area has been open since May 2011, and makes the native deciduous forests, rare species of plants and animals, and the "Hirschley" viewing point accessible to all National Park guests.

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Welcome to the wild Kermeter hills
 
 

Trail network

A network of 4.7 kilometres of paths makes nature in the Kermeter hills accessible to people with and without handicaps. The forest paths in this area for experiencing nature are surfaced with fine gravel. At a distance of 2.7 kilometres is the Hirschley lookout point, where the forests open out for a panoramic view of the Rursee reservoir. There a bronze relief model for tactile and visual inspection provides information about the landscape of the National Park and the reservoir dams. On the path to the lookout point, there is an incline of no more than 6 percent. It is also possible to take a circular route, however this has longer sections with uphill and downhill gradients of as much as 8 percent. Starting from the Schwarzes Kreuz (Black cross) path junction, a side-trip can be made to another lookout point, which offers a good view of the former National Socialist estate, "Ordensburg Vogelsang".

The tactile map table in the middle of this resting place gives an overview of the fully accessible network of paths. A printed map located under the weather protection roof also provides information about the path network in the surrounding area.

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Paths in the Kermeter hills
 
 

Rest and relaxation points

On the paths in the fully accessible area for experiencing nature, there is a bench approximately every 250 metres. At three locations there are also facilities for reclining. Here you can enjoy looking up toward the crown of the trees or listening to the sounds of nature, or simply take a rest. At the Hirschley lookout point, tables for relaxation are available. These are wheelchair accessible.

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Rest and relaxation points
 
 

Guided tours

Every Sunday at 1 p.m., guided tours led by rangers set off from the Kermeter resting point for the Hirschley viewing point. This three-hour hike is free of charge. It is not necessary to register in advance. Prior to the hike, visitors who are hard of hearing can book mobile amplifiers free of charge from the Eifel National Park Administration. 

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Facilities for guests with impaired vision

A tactile guidance system guides visually-impaired hikers throughout the area. It is complemented by paved tactile surfaces that indicate an important point.  

Paved tactile strips crossing the path indicate the location of benches and signs. A tactile guide strip indicates which way to take when the path branches off. All information provided in the Wild Kermeter area is available in large raised type and in German Braille, as well as in audio form. A brochure on the Wild Kermeter area is available - in German Braille, too - free of charge from the National Park Administration.

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Facilities for guests with impaired vision
 

You can also listen to information about the fully accessible area for experiencing nature and the National Park on your own MP3-capable device as you go. So far there is information available on the following three stations:

1. The Kermeter resting point station - information on the Wild Kermeter area
2. The Hirschley viewing point station - information on the National Park's beech forest wilderness
3. The Kermeter galleries station - information on the underground system of tunnels and galleries

Once you get here the site numbers are to be found in Braille and large raised type in the wooden frame of the information boards, in the bottom left-hand corners.

You can download the free MP3 files for them here:

 

Facilities for deaf guests

All German sign language videos on the National Park are to be found here.

You can use a portable video player to watch a German sign language video giving information about the fully accessible nature experience area and the National Park as you go. So far there is information available on the following three stations:

1. Kermeter resting point - information on the fully accessible Wild Kermeter area for experiencing nature
2. Hirschley viewing point - information on the National Park's beech forest wilderness
3. Kermeter galleries - information on the underground system of tunnels and galleries

Once you get here, you will find the site numbers in the wooden frames of the information boards, in the form of bronze plaques in the bottom left-hand corners.

You can download the free wmv files for them here:

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Facilities for deaf guests
 
 

National Park rules

Please adhere to the following rules:

  • Stay on the paths.
  • Keep dogs on the leash.
  • Avoid making noise, so as not to disturb shy wildlife.
  • Do not leave any litter behind.
  • Take only photographs; leave plants and animals in their natural habitat.
  • No smoking. Lighting fires is prohibited.

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National Park rules
 
 

Please note

Generally speaking, due to increasing numbers of older trees, branches and trees are more likely to fall on the path in the National Park than in other forests. Above all, in the case of windstorms, snow or thunderstorms, for your own safety you should avoid entering the forest, or should leave it as quickly as possible. Please note that you enter the National Park and participate in events at your own risk. 

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Rescue system

The emergency telephone number is 112. On some information panels a location number is provided in the upper right-hand corner. If you make an emergency call from one of these locations, you only have to give this number, and the rescue team will then be able to find you quickly.

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Rescue system
 
 

Contact and information

Additional information can be obtained at www.nationalpark-eifel.de and www.eifel-barrierefrei.de or directly from the Eifel National Park Administration:

Eifel National Park Forestry Office
Urftseestraße 34, D-53937 Schleiden-Gemünd, Germany
Telephone: 02444-951010; Fax: 02444-951085

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Getting here

The fully accessible Wild Kermeter area for experiencing nature can be reached via the Kermeter-Hochstrasse road (L15) between Schleiden-Gemünd/-Wolfgarten and Heimbach-Schwammenauel. The GPS coordinates of the fully accessible car park for cars and coaches are 50°36'55.60"N 6°26'20.40"E. A guidance system in the ground will lead you from the car park to where the hiking path network begins at the Kermeter resting point.

You can reach the Wild Kermeter area by taking the low-floor "Wasser-Linie" bus (no. 231) from Heimbach station or the centre of Gemünd to the fully accessible bus stop "Kermeter-Höhe". The Wild Kermeter area can also be reached from Heimbach station by taking the "Mäxchen" double-decker bus. 

A guidance system for the visually impaired will take you along a barrier-free path from the bus stop to the Kermeter resting point. Bus no. 231 runs Mondays to Fridays all year round, and between Easter and the end of the autumn holidays, it also runs at weekends and on public holidays. "Mäxchen" also runs at weekends and on public holidays from May to the middle of October.

In the summer months, it is possible to take the bus to get to and from the guided ranger tour every Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Project partners

The fully accessible area for experiencing nature is provided jointly by the Eifel National Park Forestry Office of the state authority Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, and the Naturpark Nordeifel. The area has been developed in collaboration with numerous associations and experts in the fields of accessibility and nature protection. Project implementation has been supported by funds from the EU and from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Project partners
 
 

Approved by NatKo e. V., the German "tourism for all" organisation, for full accessibility

Das Piktogramm zeigt einen gezeichneten Rollstuhlfahrer Das Piktogramm zeigt ein gezeichnetes Männchen mit einem Stock und steht für Gehbehinderte. Das Piktogramm zeigt ein gezeichnetes Ohr, welches durch gestrichen ist. Es steht für gehörlose Menschen. Das Piktogramm zeigt ein gezeichnetes Ohr mit Hörgerät und steht für Menschen mit Hörbehinderung. Das Piktogramm zeigt ein gezeichnetes Auge , welches durch gestrichen ist. Es steht für blinde Menschen. Das Piktogramm zeigt eine gezeichnete Brille und steht für sehbehinderte Menschen. Das Piktogramm zeigt zwei gezeichnete Männchen, eine Frau mit Handtasche und einen Mann mit Hut, die sich an der Hand halten. Es steht für Senioren. Das Piktogramm zeigt zwei größere gezeichnete Männchen vor denen ein kleineres Männchen steht. Es steht für Familie. Das Piktogramm zeigt ein gezeichnetes Männchen, was in ein Heft schaut. Es steht für Menschen mit Lernschwieirgkeiten.
 

The Wild Kermeter area has been both approved and described in terms of how it meets the needs of target groups by the German national "tourism for all" organisation, NatKo e.V. The detailed descriptions are available here for downloading, or from the Eifel National Park Administration (contact here).

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Approved by NatKo e.V.
 
 
 



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