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Barrier-free Wild Kermeter natural adventure centre with “The Wild Way”

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 barrier-free Wild Kermeter natural adventure centre is situated in the heart of the Eifel National Park, on the Kermeter ridge. Visitors of all ages – with and without disabilities – can discover the “ecological heart” of the National Park here. Mixed woodland containing native red beeches can be found on the ridge between the Rur and Urft reservoirs.

The Wild Kermeter encompasses a barrier-free network of paths and panoramic views of the lakelands.

The barrier-free nature trail “The Wild Way” is part of this experience: ten highly interactive stations provide information about the wilderness, forest development and biological diversity within the Eifel National Park. Boardwalks through the forested wilderness provide special insights into the natural world.    

Rest and relaxing points

A bench is located every 250 metres in the barrier-free natural adventure area. There are additional loungers at four locations. Here you can enjoy the view of the treetops, listen to nature’s soundtrack and simply relax. Hirschley viewpoint also features picnic tables. They are wheelchair-friendly.   

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.

How to get here

The Wild Kermeter is easily accessible by various bus routes. Please plan your journey to and from the barrier-free bus stop Wilder Kermeter (Schleiden Wolfgarten Wilder Kermeter) here. A barrier-free footpath leads from the bus stop with guide system for the blind to the Kermeter rest area.

Three National Park bus routes take you comfortably from Heimbach and Gemünd to the Wild Kermeter. Heimbach and Gemünd enjoy good public transport connections to cities such as Cologne, Bonn, Aachen, Düren and Euskirchen.

  • Bus 231 all year round and daily (timetable)
  • The KermeterShuttle (line 814) on weekends and public holidays from Easter to All Saints' Day (timetable). The service is supplemented by shuttle trips from the Wilden Kermeter to the Urft reservoir.
  • The "Mäxchen" (Line M) at weekends and public holidays from Easter to All Saints' Day. (timetable)
  • In the summer months it is possible to travel to and from the ranger tour by bus

The barrier-free nature experience area Wilder Kermeter can be reached by car via the Kermeter high road (L 15) between Schleiden-Gemünd/-Wolfgarten and Heimbach-Schwammenauel. From the car park, a ground guidance system leads to the starting point of the trail network at the Kermeter rest area.


Einstieg in den Wilden Kermeter - Beginn des Wilden Wegs