Barrier-free Wilder Kermeter natural adventure centre
A 6.2 kilometre network of paths makes the nature of the Kermeter accessible to people with and without disabilities. The forest paths in the adventure area gravelled. Hirschley viewpoint lies some 2.7 kilometres away. Here the forests open out to provide expansive views over the Rur reservoir.
The elevation of the footpath leading to the viewpoint is no more than six percent. You can also turn it into a round walk. This round walk does, however, contain longer sections with inclines and descents of up to eight percent. From the “Black Cross” intersection of paths, you can also take a detour to a further viewpoint. This viewpoint provides lovely views of the former National Socialist “Ordensburg”; now the International Platz (International Square) of Vogelsang.
The tactile map table in the centre of the picnic area provides an overview of the barrier-free network of paths. A printed map, sheltered under a roof, provides further information about the network of paths in the region.
A certified nature experiece
The Wilder Kermeter has been certified by "Reisen für Alle" and described as being appropriate to the target group. You can download the detailed report here (in german) or obtain them from the National Park authority.
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. 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 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.