Villages & hamlets
The towns and municipalities in the Bergisches Land Nature Park include a total of more than 2,000 villages, hamlets and districts that are undergoing profound changes, especially against the background of demographic change. At the same time, however, this special rural-village structure is one of the strengths of the Bergisches Land and accounts for a large part of its original attractiveness. The cultural landscape impresses with its small-scale structure and an alternation of forest, open countryside, stream valleys and well-known natural and cultural monuments as well as the settlement areas. The villages in the Bergisch region impress with their exemplary association structures and active voluntary work. Most people also live in the villages - i.e. not in the main towns. So it goes without saying that village development is and must be an important part of nature park work.