Dark Sky Park
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Mr. Harald Bardenhagen
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.
Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky at Eifel National Park (50.56065, 6.39944). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!