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Leisure Facilities and other Sights worth seeing

Dahlemer Binz Airfield

The airfield at Dahlemer Binz is the only sports airport in this region. It has an asphalt runway, 1070 metres long and 30 metres wide, for motorized aircraft up to a take-off weight of 5.7 tonnes. For gliders there are three, 1220-metre long glider runways (grass airstrips) with three double-drum winches and an airplane tow-track. Of course there is a control tower and Dahlemer Binz is rounded off by a check-in building. Sight-seeing flights can be booked in advance by telephone.

Dahlemer Binz Airfield
Phone: +49 2447/1493

Go-kart Circuit and Leisure Park, Dahlem

Go-kart driving for everyone in hired karts, daily from 1st March till 31st October. On Fridays from 17.00 till 19.30 and Saturdays from 15.00 till 18.00 the circuit is open to drivers who bring their own karts.

Go-kart Circuit and Leisure Park
Dahlem, Dahlemer Binz
Tel.: + 49 2447/1866

Rhineland Big Game Park, Mechernich-Kommern

This big game park covers an area of about 80 hectares, in which elks, aurochs, red deer, fallow deer, roe deer, ibexes and wild boars live in generous enclosures. There are further enclosures with native animals, a children's enclosure with small animals and an adventure playground. There is a barbecue facility which can be booked in advance.

Rhineland Big Game Park
Phone: +49 2443/6532
Telefax: +49 2443/911828

Kartstein/Kakus Cave, Mechernich-Dreimuehlen

The Kakus or Kartstein cave is a spacious cave which came into existence as a result of washed out lime and shifting of travertin in the Kartstein rock. Excavations uncovered evidence that human lived here during the ice age and after. In the ice age access to the plateau of the rock was protected by a 9 metre thick and 2.5 high earth wall, with a ditch in front of it, so that the settlement could be well defended.

Kartstein/Kakus Cave

Radio-telescope, Effelsberg

In Bad Muenstereifel-Effelsberg construction of the largest manoeuvrable radio-telescope in the world was begun in 1968. The parabolic reflector has a diameter of 100 metres. It cannot be confused with the considerably smaller radio-telescope in Bad Muenstereifel-Eschweiler. The telescope is located in a funnel-shaped valley, in order to minimize terrestial disturbances (radio-waves, etc.) during radio measurements of space. The Max Planck Institute of Radio-astronomy gives informative lectures to groups, combined with film or slide projections; advance bookings are necessary.

Radio-telescope Effelsberg
Bad Muenstereifel-Effelsberg
Phone: +49 2257/301101

Radio-telescope Stockert, Bad Muenstereifel-Eschweiler

The Stockert radio-telescope was inaugurated in 1956 as the first German radio-telescope and was the fore-runner of the radio-telescope at Effelsberg. The fully manoeuvrable parabolic antennae has a diameter of 25 metres and dates from 1957.

Radio-telescope Stockert
Bad Muenstereifel-Eschweiler

Summer Toboggan-run, Mechernich-Kommern

680-metre long toboggan-run with disco tobogganing

Summer Toboggan-run
Phone: +49 2443/981380
or  +49 2234/38600

Game Reserve, Hellenthal

In the heights above Hellenthal animals living in the Eifel forest can be observed all year round, but frequently remain hidden from hikers. Hoofed game like deer and wild boars, predators like foxes, lynxes, martens, wildcats and raccoons can be seen here. The game reserve has become famous above all for its raptor station. Flying demonstrations are given daily, involving eagles, buzzards and falcons. For children there is an enclosure where they can stroke small animals, as well as a playground.

Game Reserve Hellenthal
Tel.: +49 2482/2292

Tiergarten-Tunnel of Blankenheim Castle

During the 15th century Earl Dietrich III of Manderscheid-Blankenheim built a water supply for Blankenheim Castle. This conduit ran through a 12-metre deep valley and the 15-metre high spur of a hill (Tiergarten). It functioned using a variety of techniques. At different places it ran down a natural slope, became a pumped-pressure pipe and an aqueduct tunnel. Tunnel-building technology was unknown in the medieval Eifel, so that the Tiergarten tunnel has a unique significance. It provides insight into the infrastructure of a castle in the late medieval period. On display is a monument, of which all the elements of the water supply to the medieval castle are recognizable, some of which have been preserved intact. These include apparatus at the source, known as "In der Rhenn", the section under pressure through the 12 metre high valley, the Tiergarten tunnel itself and the feeder ditch dug in front of the tunnel.

Tiergarten-Tunnel of Blankenheim Castle
Tel.: +49 2449/87-112

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