Nature reserves around Horn-Bad Meinberg

Where the world is the most beautiful, is where she needs protection and is subject to the mindful tourism without commercialism.  Nature protection is handed in Ostwestfalen-Lippe since 1912. In 1925 and 1926, the nature reserve Externsteine was expelled on the legal basis of the Lippisch field and Forest Law. Around Horn-Bad Meinberg the hiker will find numerous protected natural beauties, which are worth flirting with. One click on the link will bring you to the site for the nature reserves of the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection NRW, in short LANUV NRW with further information.
(Before and the following information from LANUV-WEB)

Our tips for exploring: binoculars, peace, mindfulness, instructions on the signs to be followed, even if they are worded with “Please” (bitte)!


NSG Bielsteinhoehle mit Lukenloch

Protection and preservation of a species-rich beech tree- mixed forest complex with rock embossed special sites (Cave) as Refugial habitat for endangered plant and animal species, especially for bats (including FFH-relevant species such as Greater Mouse-eared bat and Teichfledermaus)

Hazards: leisure activities, hunting, deforestation, improper logging (FW), damage to vegetation, destruction of terrain morphology.

Nature reserve Norderteich mit Naptetal

Protection and preservation of a structured rich grass land, hedge-complexes and a natural creek valley with flood plain grassland. Protection and preservation of a large-area deciduous woodland with natural beech and oak and hornbeam forests varying degrees, sources, natural brooks with accompanying riparian forest, natural still and wet grassland as refuge habitat for endangered species and communities as well as networking and refuge habitat for species of flood plains , Securing the middle spotted woodpecker presence, securing the presence of the Bechstein's bat.

Hazards: leisure activities, not soil-resistant trees/bushes(FW), damage to vegetation.

Nature reserve Externsteine (including Baerenstein)

  • Preservation of a unique geo scientifically interesting rock massif
  • Preservation and maintenance of the pond region
  • Conservation of rare plant communities as a habitat for numerous RL animal and plant species.


Hazards: leisure activities, not soil-resistant trees/ bushes(FW), damage to vegetation.


Nature Reserve Egge-Nord

Protection, preservation and restoration of a large, coherent, species-rich beech forest area as a habitat for rare, endangered and landform typical animal and plant species.

Hazards: diversely

Nature Reserve Silberbachtal with Ziegenberg

Protection, preservation and development of beech and meadow woodlands by natural forestry. extensification of floodplain grassland, development of a natural stream system, obtaining shrubs.

Hazards: B as Biocides to I like intensive forestry and W as Waste disposal till F as Fragmentation by road construction.

Nature Reserve Eggeosthang with Lippischer Velmerstot


Protection, preservation and restoration of a large, coherent, species-rich beech forest area as a life center for rare, endangered, and landscape typical animal and plant species. Protection and preservation of semi-natural hardwood areas with numerous headwaters and a dwarf shrub heath.

Hazards: A for Afforestation to L as Leisure activities and D as Disturbance of the breeding process until D like Destruction of the terrain morphology

Nature Reserve Beller Holz

Protection and preservation of a structure rich grassland -hedges-complex and also a river valley with grassland protection and preservation of a large deciduous forest area with natural beech and oak-hornbeam forests varying degrees. Waters springs, streams with accompanying riparian forest, natural calm water and wet grassland for a refugial habitat for endangered species. Securing the middle spotted woodpecker presence, securing the presence of the Bechstein's bat.

Hazards: D as Duck and wild feeding to W such as Water degradation to T for Traffic

Nature Reserve Quarry area Baerenstein

Or: How does sandstone from Horn-Bad Meinberg come to the Koelner Dom? It doesn’t, because the quarry area Baerenstein is located at Stolberg, district Aachen.


Nature Reserve Beech forest near Bellenberg

Protection and conservation of large contiguous woodruff -beech forest with a few of warm-loving species.

Hazards: Dynamic waste timber concept, conservation of Hardwood tillering, no deforestation, natural forest management, conversion to native woods, “forest-cloak- development”.

Nature Reserve Sannenbruch


Conservation and optimization of valuable wet-grassland areas with shrubs.

Hazards: conservation of landscape structures, extensive grassland farming, grazing, no drainage, tree care, care of hedges, re-waterlogging