The impressive nature conservation area “Lamperstal” is surrounded by juniper bushes and a variety of rare plants on the hillsides. The Lampertstal is a tributary valley of the “Ahrtal” (Ahr valley) and is located 7km downriver from its source in Blankenheim. Numerous hiking trails, such as the EifelSteig and the local hiking trails, like the new Eifel Traces hike “Tuscany of the Eifel” make the Lampertstal accessible. It is the most important nature conservation area in the Region. The Lampertstal is 650 hectare in size and the largest nature conservation area in North Rhine Westphalia.
In a small space of diverse landscapes you find various habitats with flowering orchids, meadows with Basque flowers, gentian plants and other rare plants. Every year in the summer, the juniper festival takes place in Alendorf.
The distinctive juniper heath on the hillsides around the small Eifel village Alendorf coincide with the large number of small-scale lime stone- and semi-dry grasslands, and the juniper slopes make this area particularly striking with its unique relicts of national historic farming systems.
These cultural habitats are characterized by an enormous biodiversity, the clearing obtained in the Middle Ages through extensive sheep grazing.