Eifel National Park

Eifel National Park

This summer, I went on a short trip to Germany with my family. We only stayed for a few days, but, luckily, I did get to briefly visit the Eifel national park in the western part of the country! Most of these photos were taken close to Rurberg, where we took a stop to walk around and eat some cholesterol-raising snacks at the Imbiss Am Damm (the snackbar on the dam).

Fauna: Wildcats and Lizards

The Eifel park (Nationalpark Eifel) is known to be the habitat of animals like the wildcat, lynx, and rare lizards. Sadly, I didn’t get to see any of them! However, I did get to observe plenty of cows, sheep, and elderly people out on excursions.

Eifel National Park

Minefields from World War II

Interestingly, some parts of the park are not open to the public. This is due to remnants of dangerous minefields, dating from World War II. Being very close to the Belgian border, the area was of strategic importance. Some of these mines are Glasmines 43‘s, making them very difficult to detect and their glass splinters extremely hazardous when they explode. Not even detection dogs can do the trick!

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8 Replies to “Wild Germany: Visiting Eifel National Park

  1. I\’m going there tomorrow so you\’ve helped to whet my appetite – thanks! I didn\’t know that lynx were present, and, while I know I won\’t see one, the knowledge that they are there will definitely add to my experience 🙂

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