Dark Sky Park
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Eifel is the first and only German national park in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is also one of the youngest in the German National Park system, created in 2004. Eifel covers 110 square kilometers of territory in west-central Germany near and along the Belgian border.
Eifel National Park is situated in one of the most densely populated parts of Western Europe; nearly 20 million people live within two hours of Eifel by car or train. Despite the encroachment of modern urban development, the park is a dark sky oasis surrounded by a sea of light. The park’s location near major population centers such as Aachen, Bonn and Cologne presents a special challenge in preserving this fragile natural resource.