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The Great Heiliges Meer

The Great Heiliges Meer is the largest natural still water in North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: LWL/Steinweg

60 Years of the Education and Research Centre "Heiliges Meer"

The LWL-Museum of Natural History maintains an education and research centre on the edge of the "Heiliges Meer" nature reserve. There is an exhibition there and plenty of nature to see. This year the centre celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The large nature reserve invites you to take walks on circular trails. On the walks you have the opportunity to observe natural ecosystems such as lakes, ponds and forests, as well as elements of historical cultural landscape, such as heaths and wet grassland.

Along the way you can see the special features of the area: the numerous, small and large so-called sinkhole lakes. Near the station there is a shelter that can be used for a rest.

A unique area

The Heiliges Meer nature reserve is a unique area with special habitats and rich biodiversity. The LWL-Museum of Natural History has operated its education and research centre there since 1927. Due to the lively research activity and the numerous courses on biodiversity, the area is one of the best-studied nature reserves in Germany.