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Nature parks and conservation areas near Neuss are quite charming and surprisingly numerous in such a populated state. Walking in the countryside around Neuss, numerous signs can be seen declaring a nature conservation area, Naturschutzgebiet. The inverted triangles are white with a green border and the symbol of a flying bird. They may also bear the word Naturschutzgebiet.

The protection and preservation of flora and fauna, ecosystems and endangered species is high on the agenda in Germany. Many a tunnel has been forced into being or a development project postponed at length due to increased awareness and respect for nature. It is important not to leave signposted paths in such protected areas nor light a campfire or let dogs run loose, all of which could disturb the natural environment. Local authorities can be very strict, especially during mating seasons.

Smaller reserves in the vicinity of the Rhine include Reuschenberger Busch, Mühlenbusch, Knechtsteden, Spey, Zons and Ilverich, some with special animal and plant species. Other areas can be smaller, perhaps merely a few fields or a meadow that are designated for the purpose of protection of the water supply.

Nature parks in NRW

Nature parks across North-Rhine Westphalia can also be experienced such as in Rhineland, which lies between the Rhine plain and the Erft in the West of Cologne. Others include Bergisches Land surrounded by the cities Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid and the Hohe Mark reaching from the northern Ruhr area to the Lower Rhine and north to southern Münsterland.

Beside the nature parks there is one national park, Nationalpark, in the state of NRW, which is in the Eifel. The park is intended for the protection of nature, landscapes as well as durable and environmentally compatible agriculture. Respectfully instigated recreational areas and tourism are likewise desired.

By Vincent Green, Jul 18 2013


Many open spaces entice hikers into the surrounding countryside. Try heading out to the wonderfully peaceful and natural, reclaimed spaces along the Dutch border. The Ruhr region to the east provides more inspiring landscapes with hills and forests.


Discussions are ongoing to create a pathway that loops around Neuss following the footprint of the medieval walls. Meanwhile, enjoy the walkways along the canal, spaces near the Rhine and tracking down many ancient buildings in the city.

A brief history of Neuss

One of the three oldest Roman settlements in Germany reveals a story covering over 2,000 years. Progressive developments include Napoleonic rule and that of Prussia before becoming part of North-Rhine Westphalia.